The ashes of the National Recovery Act were scarcely cool before evils, sought to be abated by the statute, once more manifested themselves in virulent form. Temptation to increase hours of labor, often with the accompaniment of sharp reductions in wages, and to utilize more freely the services of child laborers, was resisted by many employers. But it was resisted with ever diminishing success in the face of grim competition for a none too voluminous business. Out of disillusion and disappointment was born the Walsh-Healey Act, to salvage from the Blue Eagle at least a few of its less conspicuous feathers. Temporarily balked in their effort to regulate the working conditions of all interstate employers, labor and its friends sought at least to utilize the pressure of a potent consumer, the government of the United States, to assure the maintenance of standards meeting minimal demands of decency.
Walter Gellhorn & Seymour L. Linfield,
ADMINISTRATIVE ADJUDICATION OF CONTRACT DISPUTES: THE WALSH-HEALEY ACT,
Mich. L. Rev.
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