That sweatshops continue despite NRA codes is shown in evidence submitted by Grace Hutchins of the Labor Research Association in a letter to Nathan Straus, Jr., state director of the National Emergency Council under NRA. Mr. Straus had called on Miss Hutchins to give him the facts in specific cases bearing out the statements made in her recent book, Women Who Work, that sweatshops for women survive under NRA codes.
“Not only have sweatshop conditions continued under NRA, but the recovery act itself tends to reduce wages to the lowest possible minimum,” declares Miss Hutchins, in citing typical cases in this state. “Investigation of a large number of shops in different industries reveals that the minimum wage established by the code becomes in effect the maximum. Wage provisions of the codes are almost universally applied in such a way that the lowest rates set forth are the highest rates paid.”