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C. Thomas

Why Roosevelt Promises ‘Study’ of Annual Wage

(31 March 1945)

From The Militant, Vol. IX No. 13, 31 March 1945, p. 1.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

A few days after the Advisory Board of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion made public a resolution complaining that they were not being called upon for “advice,” Roosevelt announced he had ordered the board to “study”, the question of a guaranteed annual wage. The demand for a guaranteed annual wage was part of the steel wage case before the War Labor Board and has become part of the CIO program.

the WLB rejected the demand but recommended a “study” of the question to determine whether industry could “afford” to give such a guarantee. In a letter to Roosevelt, the chairman of the WLB disclosed that the fear of unemployment which has led to the demand for a guaranteed annual wage, “is contributing also to the pressure for a change in the national wage stabilization policy.”

By shunting the demand for a guaranteed wage to the WMR advisory board, Roosevelt aims to kill three birds with one stone.