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OPM's Sidney Hillman announced last week a plan to end weekend "blackouts" in the defense industry, which President Roosevelt recently deplored. The Hillman plan was to put some industries on a four-shift, 160-hour week, rotating shifts and letting all share Saturday and Sunday overtime pay. The remaining eight hours of the week would be used for overhauling and repairing machines.

"Some industries" were those making machine tools, explosives, electrical equipment, engines, aircraft, ships. Other industries would be included as the need arose. One immediate question was, where would industry get the extra men that this plan would require? One source was an...

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