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New San Francisco F. E. P. C. to Concentrate on Anti-bias Education

The first six months of operation of San Francisco’s new Fair Employment Practices Commission will be directed toward educating the public in the requirements of the municipality’s recently adopted anti-bias ordinance and on capitalizing on the fund of good will and good intentions which exists among employers and labor unions.

This goal was announced here by Edward Howden, newly appointed director of the FEPC who will take over his new duties September 15. The education program, he said, would concentrate on: informing members of minority groups of their rights and how to obtain them; and, on bringing to the public, employers and unions the merits of equal job opportunities.

Mr. Howden said that a recent report of the San Francisco Council for Civic Unity on employment discrimination had shown “not a huge amount of deliberate, determined discrimination, but rather a pretty fair measure of goodwill and good intentions among unions and employers.”