CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
WPA WORKERS, to receive the monthly earnings payable for the type of work performed in the locality where they are employed, must as a general rule put in 130 hours a month, or 30 a week.1 Hours of work may not, normally, exceed 8 a day or 40 a week.
Exceptions to this policy may be authorized by the WPA commissioner, who is empowered by law to permit more than 130 hours a month if necessary: (a) to protect work already done on a project; (b) to permit making up lost time; (c) in case of an emergency involving the public welfare; or (d) to facilitate the prosecution of projects which are important to the national defense program. Under this last exemption weekly hours by the end of April, 1941, had been increased to 40 for nearly 1,500 workers; to 48 for some 130,000 workers; to 50 for approximately 8,000.
Further exemptions, permitting the commissioner to employ certain workers fewer rather than more than 130 hours a month have, as already noted,2 been authorized by Congress so as to limit the earnings of workers having no dependents and to permit the employment of veterans (veterans' widows, and the wives of unemployable veterans) to work only enough hours during a month to bring their total income to approximately the amount they might earn if employed by the WPA full time. The commis-____________________