Washington Law Review


James Gay


Regardless of the institutional or political structure of the countries engaged in modem warfare, competition for manpower among the armed forces, agriculture and industries creates labor shortage problems which, of necessity, must be solved by similar methods as long as the total amount of human resources is limited. A cursory glance at the wartime labor legislation of Great Britain, Canada, the U.S.S.R., and Germany shows that the means of coping with the steadily increasing labor shortage are on the whole similar in all four countries. Recent developments in the field of manpower allocation and wage freezing in the United States, while they have not nearly reached the extent of the European countries, presage the introduction of labor control measures the character of which can be best envisaged by reviewing the principal features of major legislative enactments designed to overcome increasing labor scarcity during the past three and one-half years in these four countries. [On the same page where the comment begins is an announcement of the wartime death of former student Carl R. Heussy.]

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