Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Dawson, Donald S., 1908-2005; Schwellenbach, Lewis B. (Lewis Baxter), 1894-1948; Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986; Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972
Cabinet meetings; Loyalty investigations; Labor laws and legislation; Price regulation

Cabinet Meeting Minutes, October 31, 1947. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.

CABINET MEETING, OCTOBER 31, 1947

10:00

Anderson -
Hannegan - Absent
Krug -
Chapman for Krug

THE PRESIDENT

Asked Labor to give report on Dept problems.

SCHWELLENBACH

Had complaint re Civil Service

THE PRESIDENT

Will ask Dawson to work it out.

LABOR

It is too early to take a position on the merits or demerits of the Taft- Hartley Act. It will be end of April before we know.

THE PRESIDENT

Agrees.

LABOR

It is not possible to apply an annual wage to industry across the board. It can be applied in certain industries but not in all. It just will not work.

With respect to minimum wage will take position on amendments with respect to particular fields - will favor some will not approve others in testimony before Congress committees.

THE PRESIDENT

Send list to Cabinet members so they will know Govt. position.

(1) Asked Harriman to coordinate price program for Congressional hearings.

(2) Loyalty program should be handled on the basis of facts not suspicions. Does not want it to be degenerated into the fiasco that is the House Un- American Activities Committee.

11:15