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MY DEPARTMENT WILL REACH INTO THE HOME
-AtfD SIT WITH THE FAMILY . . SI
Says New Secretary of Labor.
BY WILLIAM B. WILSON.. '
(Copyright, .1913, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) W.
The" creation of a department of labor in the official establishmentrJ'
of the government of the United States means that the hewers of wood-
and the drawers of water for societv have been recoknized by- society., ''i
age of the department of labor bill, the act of its being signed by President '
Taft and the unostentatious appointment of a secretary of labor by Pres-'C"
After years of effort, labor has. representation in the cabinet of the.i-'
president of the United States. Ten years ago that proposal caused ai
widespread discussion and opposition. Today it is an accomplished fact -
that is accepted as a matter of course.
In reality, it is the most potent ad
vance made by labor in a generation.
Although quietly accomplished
when it came, the department of labor
s,tajids an index of tremendous pro
gress in public opinion.. The very fact
that it was ushered injwith no blast
of trumpets and sounding of cymbals
reveals the change in the mental at
titude of society that has occurred in
recent years and has made possible
the creation of the department. It
forecasts a better industrial condi
tion, for it demonstrates a temper
ance of thought among all industrial
elements that is bound to make easier
the solving of industrial problems.
The department -of labor is small
and its funds are limited at this time,
but the organic act by which it came
into being' is broad. It gives author- ,
ity for activities that are bound to
produce enormous benefits.
One of the most vital functions of
the department under its organic law
will be its activity in preventing trou
ble between employers and employes. v,t
This function will not be speotacular.
It probably will not attract public in
terest sharply at a given time, for Jw
public interest is most sharply at
tracted AFTER the trouble has hap-,,
pened. When'a strike occurs, atten-.
tion is at once drawn to it, and if it
is a strike involving a large number
of people, it is directly felt by the
public. An organization or individual 7.
that could step in at that point, stop'
the strike and adjust the differences ' '
between' employer and employe,
would attract instant and widespread "
- It is of vastly greater benefit ..tq,-
to have the differences adjusted BE- ,IH4
FORE the strike, and that is.the work.
which it will'be our policy to perform."
I hope to render effective service o'f , .
this character, although I 'realize in j,
advance that it will be a.serviceor.
.whose benefits are riot strikingly and
immediately apparent. ",. ,
The department of Jabor, more
than any other department, jOf they'
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