Tobacco Bag Stringing

Report on Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia, 1939

[Proposed Amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act]

It is declared to be the policy of this Act not to displace the use of cotton or cotton materials and the administrator shall by regulations or by order exempt any work where the application of the provisions of Section 6 may result in the use of other materials in substitution for cotton materials, provided however, (a) that the work is performed by hand and is performed entirely in the home of the worker and at times convenient to the worker, (b) that the income derived from such work is supplemental to income derived from farming, or other and regular employment, (c) that the rate of wages or compensation per number of pieces shall be not less than the direct labor cost for the same number of pieces if the work is performed by machine, and (d) that the work cannot be performed by machine or that machines for the performance of such work are patented and are not made reasonably available to competing manufacturers.

[Source: "Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia." Richmond, Va.: 1939. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]