All local trade unions in Massachusetts have been invited by Harvard to send delegates to a comerence on "Labor in National Defense" at the Harvard Business School December 6 and 7.
The conference is being held by Harvard at the request of and in cooperation with the Labor Division, Office of Production Management; Consumers' Division, Office of Price Administration; the Office of Civilian Defense; and the War Department.
This will be the first such conference between government officials and labor delegates to be held in the United States, the conference committee explained.
Speakers will be Eli L. Oliver, Chief, Labor Relations Branch, Labor Division, Office of Production Management; James B. Carey, Secretary, Congress of Industrial Organizations; and Frank P. Fenton, Director of Organization, American Federation of Labor, all on the subject of "Labor's Part in Defense" at the opening sesison on Saturday, December 6, at 2:30 o'clock. Chairman of this session will be Dean Wallace B. Donham '98, of the Harvard Business School.
That evening at a banquet at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, Robert P. Patterson, Under-Secretary of War, will address the conference on "The Defense of America" at the only sesion held away from the Business School. The Chairman will be Dean James M. Landis of the Harvard Law School.
Sunday at 10 o'clock, Dr. John Cassels, Administrative Assistant, Consumers' Division, Office of Price Administration, will speak on "The Cost of Living." Professor Philip Cabot, of the Harvard Business School, will be Chairman, and the commentator will be Professor J. P. Wernette, also of the Harvard Business School.
At the final sesison at noon Sunday the speaker will be Dr. Luther Gulick, Committee on Post-War Planning, National Resources Planning Board, who has just returned from a conference on post-war plans in England. He will speak on "When Peace Comes." Professor Philip Cabot will preside, and the comentator will be Benjamin M. Selekman, Lecturer on Urban Industrial Problems at Harvard.
There are about 1500 local trade unions in Massachusetts and many of them have voted to send delegates.
Speakers scheduled to talk at the discusison sesisons following the formal addresses include representatives of A. F. of L., C. I. O., independent, and railroad brotherhood unions in Massachusetts.
Invitations by Dean Donham read in part:
"During recent months many new facilities and services of the Federal Government have been made available to labor. The new problems created by the all-out program of national defense affect every worker on his job and in his position as a citizen.
"Leaders of organized labor and government officials concerned with defense problems have both expressed a desire to come together to discuss these problems. We have had splendid cooperation from the Government in securing able spokesmen for the Federal agencies concerned with the problems of labor in national defense.
"We believe that an exchange of views at this time will make a substantial contribution toward better understanding of the policies and facilities of the national defense program as they affect labor. Questions and discussion by the delegates will be an important part of every session."