Labor: Reverse English

One of the most prized fixtures in many a U.S. executive suite is a British secretary. In Manhattan, her impeccable manners, cool good looks, clipped telephone accent and considerable secretarial skills are greeted with more than ordinary hands-across-the-sea enthusiasm. Through friends or enterprising employment agencies, some 700 young English girls enter the U.S. each year to work for a while as secretaries.

New York used to get most of them —but not any longer, by Gregg. The U.S.

Labor Department, looking out for American girls who might be deprived of jobs, has specifically barred the entry of any more foreign secretaries...

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