Enforcement of federal labor acts and labor laws for the workers in the United States.
United States USA Date:1935 Duration:2 min 4 sec Sound:Yes
A documentary on the history of the Labor Department in the United States. Exterior of the Capitol building. A large crowd gathers in front of the building. Large family with children seated at a rustic outdoor table for meal. Men serve food to them. Women typing and doing secretarial work in an office of the Department of Labor. Men and women work in a factory. Men stand in a bread line and in soup kitchen lines receiving assistance during high unemployment of Great Depression. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk and signs a document regarding Social Security, as officials stand nearby. Family with man, woman, and children sit on front porch of a simple wood frame shack or house. Groups of idle men, out of work in a small rural town in America with dusty streets and a mining operation seen in the background. Large group of children on front porch of a house or rural school. Enforcement of several acts and laws dealing with fairness in labor. The social security act, the wage and hour act and other acts are passed including minimum wage, unemployment compensation, and maximum hours of labor. Also the outlawing of child labor, and the Wagner Act regarding bargaining rights. Scenes of bread lines, coal mine workers entering a mine. Poor and indigent people in the great depression in a community of tents and shacks. A woman making a bed near a tent. Child workers shown, and workers of striking on a picket line, including workers of the International Seamen's Union during their 1936 strike. Their signs reference the "Ward Line" and the "S.S. Mohawk" disaster. In another scene, workers of the Electric Boat Company protest in front of an Electric Boat Co. pay office with signs demanding pay. Personnel of the Department of Labor seated at a conference table and discussing among themselves.
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