Proposed code of fair competition for the roofing contracting industry of St. Louis, Missouri

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Proposed code of fair competition for the roofing contracting industry of St. Louis, Missouri as submitted on August 31, 1933
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4 p. : ; 23 cm.
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United States -- National Recovery Administration
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"Registry No. 1042-01"

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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA


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Registry No. 1042-01


NATIONAL RECOVERY ADMINISTRATION




PROPOSED CODE OF FAIR COMPETITION

FOR THE


ROOFING CONTRACTING INDUSTRY


OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

AS SUBMITTED ON AUGUST 31, 1933


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The Code for the Roofing Contracting Industry of St. Louis, Missouri
in its present form merely reflects the proposal of the above-mentioned
industry, and none of the provisions contained therein are
to be regarded as having received the approval of
the National Recovery Administration
as applying to this industry


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UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFiLCE
WASHINGTON : 1933


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SUBMxITrr BY

THE ASSOCIATED ROOFING CONTRACTORS OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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CODE OF FAIR COMPETITION SUBMITTED BY THE
ASSOCIATED ROOFING CONTRACTORS OF ST. LOUIS,
MISSOURI
1. DESCRIPTION OF THE BUSINESS
1. The Associated Roofing Contractors of St. Louis are engaged
in the business of soliciting, obtaining, and executing contracts for
the installation or setting of all manner of Slate, Tile, Quarry Tile,
Flagstone, Asbestos Shingles, and Asphalt Shingles.
The Slate, Tile, Quarry Tile, Flagstone, Asbestos Shingles, Asphalt
Shingles, and other accessories of the roofing business are purchased
from their manufacturers and producers and shipped to the con-
tractor in interstate commerce.
The business of installing Slate, Tile, Quarry Tile, Flagstone,
Asbestos Shingles, and Asphalt Shingles in St. Louis is primarily
a local one, but some interstate business is done because of the fact
that St. Louis is a border-line city.
However, the relations between all branches of the business,
including manufacturers, contractors, and labor, are so intimate and
interdependent that in carrying out the objects and purposes of the
National Industrial Recovery Act each must be regarded as an
integral part of a unified business and participants in a continuous
operation.
2. Labor is the most important element in the business of the
Associated Roofing Contractors. Wages for labor represent, from
50% to 60% of the cost of the materials to the public. The work
calls for careful treating and a high degree of skill, the good will of
the industry being dependent on fine workmanship. The finest prod-
ucts will not give satisfaction unless properly installed. The main-
tenance of fair wages and working conditions is a matter of con-
cern to everyone engaged in the business. These conditions are
seriously threatened by unfair competitive practices which have
grown to alarming proportions. It is a primary purpose of this
submission to maintain fair wages and working conditions between
the contractors and the labor employed by them and to prevent any
lowering of the standards so set.
3. Manufacturers, Jobbers, and Producers of the industry's prod-
ucts are not parties to the submission, but it is hoped and believed
that they will adopt and submit codes which will provide for the
cooperation of the parties hereto necessary to bring the entire business
into conformity with the purpose of the act.
2. REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

This submission, made by the authority of the Associated Roofing
Contractors of St. Louis, represents the will of the members of that
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organization which is truly representative of this industry and is
tendered as a code and/or agreement within the meaning of Title
one (1) of the National Industrial Recovery Act.
Members of the Association through their contracts with the labor
unions have. established wage scales and working conditions in this
city. The industry maintains the Five (5) day week of Eight (8)
hours per day. The scale of wages is One Dollar and Twenty Five
Cents ($1.25) per hour for Mechanics and Sevdnty Five Cents (750)
per hour for labor. Firms not employing union labor enjoy this
protection, the fruits of the efforts and outlays of the Associated
members, but pay none of the costs. Contractors of this class are
comparable with sweat-shop operators in other industries, and their
operations tend to lower the standards and bring the business into
disrepute.
No inequitable restrictions on admissions to membership are im-
posed. The Associated Roofing Contractors will accept into mem-
bership any roofing contractor who conforms fully to the provision
of this code and employs members of the Slate and Tile Roofers
Union Local Number One (1) of St. Louis.

3. RELATIONS BErrEEN CONTRArTORS AND LABOR
Since the setting of Slate, Tile, Quarry Tile Flagstone, Asbestos
Shingles, and Asphalt Shingles or other rooig usually must be
accomplished in accordance with a definite schedule which is a part
of the building contract, delays due to disputes would be fatal to the
business. Consequently, the respective parties to this submission
have entered into agreements providing for minimum wages, hours
of labor and working conditions generally together with the pro-
vision of arbitration of all disputes.
In order to protect the contractors in their undertaking to maintain
wages and working conditions, it is declared to be an unfair method
of competition for any union member to engage in business as a
contractor, or to solicit and accept contracts for the installation of
Slate, Tile, Quarry Tile, Flagstone, Asbestos Shingles, Asphalt Shin-
gles, or any other roofing, without taking a withdrawal card, which
withdrawal shall be effective for one year.

4. RELATIONs BETWEEN CONTRACTORS
In order to comply with the purpose and requirements of The Na-
tional Industrial Recovery Act the Associated Roofing Contractors
of St. Louis and vicinity pledge themselves to the strict observance
in all transactions of the following code of fair competition:
1. It shall be an unfair method of competition for any roofing con-
tractor to pay the journeyman roofers or laborers wages below the
minimum established in this locality or the established wage scale
in the territory in which any work is done.
2. It shall be an unfair method of competition for any roofing con-
tractor to employ journeyman roofers or laborers to do a certain
piece of work in a designated time.
3. It shall be an unfair method of competition for a roofing con-
tractor who is engaged to install a particular grade of slate or tile








on a job to substitute another or different grade or knowingly deviate,
from established standards of workmanship or accepted practices.
4. It shall be an unfair method of competition for any roofing con-
tractor to sell unset slate or tile.
5. It shall be an unfair method of competition for any roofing
contractor to submit more than one bid on each job or not to adhere
strictly to the terms and conditions of said bid, unless there is a
change in the specifications warranting the submission of an addi-
tional bid.
6. It shall be an unfair method of competition to criticise members,
competitors, or their wares.
7. The acceptance of contracts at less than fair average cost being
inimical to the preservation of fair wages and working conditions,
it is declared an unfair method of competition for any slate or tile
roofing contractor to submit a bid or accept a contract at a price
which is less than the cost of labor plus the cost of the Slate, Tile,
Quarry Tile, Flagstone, Asbestos Shingles, or Asphalt Shingles
plus the price of all necessary material such as paper, nails, cement,
strips, and such flashings, counterflashings, and valleys as specified
plus a reasonable allowance for all overhead expenses such as ad-
ministration, selling, depreciation, taxes, interest, auto expense, in-
surance, hauling, maintenance, etc., which allowance has been deter-
mined by a study of the actual records and experience of members
to be thirty-five percent (35%) of the sales cost.
It shall be a fair method of competition for the roofing contractor,
through their local organization, to collect and file and disseminate
credit information for the beneficial conduct of the industry.
8. The fact that discounts, rebates, either in money or labor, or
any other article of value would serve to disrupt the roofing business,
lower the established wage scale, and lower the condition of labor it
is declared an unfair method of competition to rebate, make special
discounts, do extra work without proper reimbursement, or to permit
the charging of various items not due the contractor to his account.
5. RELATIONS BETWEEN CONTRACTORS, MANUFACTURERS, AND JOBBERS
Although the manufacturers of tiles, producers and jobbers of
slate and other accessories are not parties to this submission, their
cooperation with the contractors in the observance and enforcement
of certain rules of fair practice are necessary to the maintenance of
minimum wages and fair working conditions for labor and to the
upholding of the rules of fair competition herein provided for
contractors.
The undersigned therefore respectfully request that, if the said
manufacturers, jobbers, and producers, represented by the National
Slate Association and others shall submit codes, the following sug-
gestions be written into said code if they are not proposed in sub-
stance by said manufacturers, jobbers, and producers.
1. To prevent unfair discrimination between different contractors
leading to unfair competitive advantages, all manufacturers, jobbers,
and producers shall publish from time to time their respective prices
for the various grades and styles of products, together with all terms
of sale and quantity discounts, and shall adhere to such public prices
and terms in all transactions.








2. To insure proper workmanship and protect the good will of the
business as well as the fair wages and working conditions herein
prescribed, the manufacturers, jobbers, and producers shall confine
their sales to the Roofing Contractors installing Slate, Tile, Quarry
Tile, Flagstone, Asbestos Shingles, and Asphalt Shingles and shall
refrain from selling their product directly to the builders, general
contractors, owners, and others.
3. To protect the good will of the business and prevent frauds on
the public, the manufacturers, jobbers, and .producers shall observe
scrupulously the grades approved by the National Slate Association
and recognized standards in other materials and shall not ship or
deliver any slate or other products that are not labeled with the
correct grade or properly designated.
4. Any misbranding of goods or misrepresentation as to grades or
any failure to affix proper seals shall be an unfair method of
competition.
6. STATUTORY PROVISIONS

In keeping with the requirements of section 7 (A) of the National
Industrial Recovery Act the undersigned hereby subscribes to the
following provisions.
1. Employees shall have the right to organize and bargain collec-
tively through representatives of their own choosing and shall be
free from the interference, restraint, or coercion of the employers
of labor, or their agents, in the designation of such representatives
or in self-organizations, or in other concerted activities for the pur-
pose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.
2. Employers shall comply with the maximum hours of labor, min-
imum rates of pay, and other working conditions approved or
prescribed by the President.

7. ENFORCEMENT OF CODE

As a rigid observance of this code, and supplementary provisions
in the code to be submitted by or prescribed for the various roofing
contractors, is necessary to the accomplishment of the purpose of the
National Industrial Recovery Act, a Board is hereby created, to
consist of the secretary and two contractors named by the President
of the Associated Roofing Contractors of St. Louis, to investigate
all complaints of accepting contracts below cost as herein defined,
or of other violations of this code by roofing contractors, and to
cooperate fully with the prosecuting officer of the government
charged with the enforcement of said act.








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