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each committee acknowledged its receipt. Portions of H.R. 8282 were rejected by the House committee and other parts were absorbed into a new bill, H.R. 15119, which passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate Committee on Finance.
Resolution IX was a memorial resolution, extending the sympathy of IAGLO members to Mrs. Rhodes on the death of her husband, the Honorable Ernest J. Rhodes, Commissioner of the Industrial Commission for the State of Colorado. The resolution was transmitted to Mrs. Rhodes.
Safety Standards and Code Activities
During the past year, the IAGLO has been represented on 51 sectional committees and 3 standards' boards of the American Standards Association. In addition, IAGLO is cosponsoring four safety standards: 1. ASA B7.1.--- Safety code for the use, care, and protection of
abrasive wheels. 2. ASA B15.1.-- Safety code for mechanical power transmission
apparatus. 3. ASA 01.1---- Safety code for woodworking machinery. 4. ASA Z8.1.--- Safety code for laundry machinery and opera
tions. Over the year some 24 ASA standards were either approved or revised, and IAGLO representatives actively participated in 7 of these actions. Of the 50 standards being reviewed, IAGLO representatives are working on 26 of the sectional committees.
The IAGLO may properly be proud of its contributions to safety through its participation in the development of safety standards and codes.
In conclusion, I wish to thank all the members of the IAGLO for their cooperation. To President Catherwood, Vice President Webb, and the other members of the executive board, I express my appreciation for their help and guidance.
Under the able leadership of Mr. Nelson M. Bortz, Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, the Bureau has been a truly effective secretariat for the IAGLO. Mr. Patrick Cestrone and Miss Mary Fitzsimmons of the Bureau's staff are to be singled out for their dedication to the IAGLO.
President CATHERWOOD. Thank you, George, for that very effective presentation.
This afternoon we will have the auditing committee's report to find out whether this report is as good as it sounds. [Laughter.]
President Catherwood read several telegrams from members who expressed their regrets for not being able to attend the convention. Included were those from Director Ernest B. Webb of California; Commissioner J. D. Wright, Jr., of Florida; and Commissioner James Combs of Nevada, who also extended an invitation to the association to hold its 1967 convention in Las Vegas.
The President stated that another invitation for the 1967 convention had been extended by Colorado. He explained that the executive board received all invitations, and that the site for the next convention is selected at the business session by a vote of all the delegates.
[Following additional announcements, the meeting recessed at 11 a.m.]
JULY 25-LUNCHEON SESSION
Presiding: MARTIN P. CATHERWOOD, Industrial Commissioner, New York
Department of Labor
The Monday luncheon session of the IAGLO convened at 12 noon in the Queen Anne Room of the Monteleone Hotel, with President Catherwood presiding.
After introducing guests at the head table, President Catherwood conveyed a message from Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz. The Secretary expressed sincere regrets that, because of pending legislation in Congress, he would not be able to meet with them. Under Secretary John Henning and Assistant Secretary Esther Peterson, both scheduled to speak, were also being detained and would not be able to attend.
President CATHERWOOD. But, our speaker for today is here, not as a substitute for any of the others—he was scheduled to be here in his own right and he is. He started his service in the U.S. Department of Labor 31 years ago under Frances Perkins. He has survived six succeeding Secretaries of Labor. Those of us from the States who have participated in the development programs of IAGLO know how important it has been from our standpoint to have the continuity in an individual who has some appreciation of the problems of the States, and an interest at working constructively with them.
It is a pleasure, therefore, to present to you at this time, the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, our friend, Nelson Bortz.
NELSON M. BORTZ, Director, Bureau of Labor Standards, U.S. Department
It is an honor again to have the opportunity to share some of my thinking and the activities of our Bureau with the members and friends of the IAGLO.
We are all familiar with the famous phrase of Thomas Riley Marshall—“What the country needs is a good 5-cent cigar.” To which—at a later date during the depression—the noted satirist, Franklin P. Adams, recast saying, “What this country needs is a good 5-cent nickel.”
Both are pretty much beyond our ken or grasp at this point in time!
Not so, however, are the matters I would like to touch upon at this opening luncheon session of the IAGLO. And these matters do not relate to cautioning that "smoking may be hazardous to your health" or the warning about accepting a "plugged nickel," although both our coins and our tobacco are being trifled with today! Developing a “Labor Standards Index”
What I would say or suggest is that what we need today is a good indicator of the state of our labor legislation so that a measure of our progress can be gauged at annual or more frequent intervals.
We all know the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and watch for it each month to see how living costs are moving.
The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) index tells us how our production is faring; the gross national product (GNP) gives us our overall income picture; and, of course, Dow Jones produces shakes and shivers.
Believing that it is high time to have a quantitative-qualitative index of labor laws, we in the Bureau have been exploring what we euphemistically call the LSB-LSI, the Labor Standards Bureaulabor standards index.
Of course, this index hasn't matured yet—it has hardly passed the gestation stage—and this is the first time we have invited its friends and godparents to learn of its conception! And despite the almost similarity in initials, LSD was not involved in the affair!
As is true of any index, it hasn't been perfected and admittedly it will require careful nursing if it is to survive in competition with its many sturdy rivals. Nor is it likely to become a household word, although ultimately I can visualize its citation in houses of legislative bodies.
Hopefully it will not at some future IAGLO conference produce fisticuffs, although the adrenalin may rise as arguments course over who has the highest LSI!
Very briefly, and without further ado, I am tossing out the idea of a computation or rather a series of weighted computations which will reflect the relative standing and progress among the 50 States in their quest for improved and more complete protection of their workers in significant labor standards areas.