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Elimination of Bias in Employment Urged by Manpower Council

Expansion of measures to insure equal opportunities for all workers without regard to race or religion was urged today in a report containing recommendations issued by the National Manpower Council in connection with a new policy for skilled manpower.

The Council recommends that all employers hire and promote employees and all unions admit individuals to membership without regard to their race, creed, color or national origin; also that employers and unions and the joint apprenticeship councils and committees eliminate the practice, wherever it exists, of barring individuals from admission to apprenticeship programs because of their race or national origin.

The report urged that the President of the United States insure that the heads of Federal departments and agencies eliminate discrimination wherever it remains in Federal employment. The President was asked to use “the full authority of the Federal Government” to “prevent such discrimination in all work performed for it under contract.”

The Council said the findings of its research indicated that “to restrict opportunities for education and training on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin or sex not only violates American ideals, but it also wastes potential abilities of a significant proportion of our total population. It thereby prevents the full development and effective utilization of the nation’s manpower resources.”

The Council was established at Columbia University in 1951, under a grant from the Ford Foundation, to study significant manpower problems during a period of enduring emergency and to contribute to the improved development and utilization of the country’s human resources.

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