U.S. At War: Forty-eight Hour Week

The time had come last week for the Administration to take resolute action on both the manpower and inflation fronts. The Army's steady and inexorable drain on the nation's manpower was now fully apparent (see p. 59). Labor, particularly in the person of John L. Lewis, was getting set to blow the Little Steel formula sky high with demands for bigger wages. Yet U.S. labor was working on the average of only 44 hours a week in all U.S. industry—an appalling waste of manpower in a nation at war.

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