WASHINGTON (Aug. 4)
Paul V. McNutt’s War Manpower Commission has taken over the administration of the Committee on Fair Employment Practice, it was learned from authoritative sources here today. The committee’s job is still to fight discrimination against minority groups by war contractors and government agencies. In a letter dated August 1, President Roosevelt informed the committee that it would no longer be directly responsible to him, but subordinate to the WMC, these sources disclose. The letter added that the committee’s organisation, personnel and budget would not be disturbed.
The move disappointed some of the committee’s executives, who had been expecting a new presidential order giving the committee power over discrimination in the army and navy, as well as in fields of government interest other than employment, such as housing. This group had also been seeking added teeth for the enforcement of the committee’s orders, a larger budget and additional personnel. It seems now that it will get none of these.
Lawrence W. Cramer, executive secretary of the committee, announced yesterday that it had vacated findings against two large manufacturing firms, the Titeflex Metal Hose Co., of Newark, N.J., and the Carl L. Norden Co., of New York, charged with discrimination against Jews.