Full text: The Department of Labor and Industry

Because of the special phases of its activities and the appeal that its 
work makes to women and the public generally, the Bureau has tried 
to cooperate with, and secure the interest of all individuals and groups 
n the Commonwealth interested in improving the conditions under 
which women and children are employed in industry. The publications 
»f the Bureau are sent regularly to a special mailing list that is eom- 
prehensive and general in its representation. Representatives of the 
Bureau speak to groups of women throughout the Commonwealth on 
the activities of the Bureau and various phases of industrial relations. 
The public has been educated to come direct to the Bureau with com- 
plaints in the matter of violation of the Woman's or Child Labor Laws 
and for all material on any phase of the subject that the Bureau has 
surveyed. If women and children are to be protected in industry, it 
is essential that the public understand the laws at present on the 
statute books and the need for revision and amendment as it develops 
and appears. Such information the Bureau at all times seeks to dis- 
A number of important conferences have been held under the diree- 
tion of the Bureau at which problems pertaining to industry have been 
~onsidered and discussed from the point of view of a specialist or highly 
trained worker. Such a conference was the Conference on Women in 
Industry held in December, 1925. Another was the joint conference by 
the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Labor 
and Industry held in April, 1926, to discuss phases of the Child Labor 
Law for which these Departments are jointly responsible. In June 
of 1927, a third conference on Industrial Nursing was held and in 
March of 1928, under the leadership of the Bureau, the industrial 
secretaries of the Y. W. C. A’s of the Commonwealth came together 
for an informal discussion of industrial problems. 
The Bureau faces the future conscious of its responsibilities. Woman 
has become an increasingly important factor in our industrial life. Our 
machine age presents ever changing problems which render more im- 
portant the need for safeguarding women and children in industry and 
guarding the conditions under which they work. In the solution of 
these problems, this Bureau must continue to assume intelligent leader- 

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