Wartime Workers Act

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The Wartime Workers Act was an act of Congress regulating labor during the Sino-American War. Established to maximize productivity for military purposes, the Act eroded worker protections, as its provisions could lead to capital punishment for actions deemed seditious (such as Communist leanings) or deleterious to work output (such as labor agitation).[1] Furthermore, it allowed for companies to impose draconian new regulations on their workers. A government preferred contractor, for instance, could mandate 12 hour shifts, with 50% extra pay only for the 11th and 12th hours worked, cut down on breaks, and eliminate pay for sick leave.[2]

Examples of use

  • Grafton Steel, a major supplier of steel for the war effort, made widespread use of the WWA.