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NATIONAL RECOVERY ADMINISTRATION
PROPOSED CODE OF FAIR COMPETITION
PLAY PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
AS SUBMITTED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1933
WE DO OUR PART
The Code for the Play Publishing Industry
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
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1933
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Registry No. 1748-3-05
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PLAY PUBLISHERS
A BUSINESS CODE FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
OF PLAY PUBLISHERS
SECTION 1. This code is adopted pursuant to Title 1 of the
National Industrial Recovery Act.
SEC. 2. The purposes of the code are to effectuate the policies of
"Title 1 of the National Industrial Recovery Act as it is applicable to
the business of publishing and distributing Plays and other Enter-
tainment material throughout the United States. The National Asso-
*ciation of Play Publishers, representing a trade established in the
United States almost 100 years ago, recognizes the necessity of full
and effective compliance and cooperation with the National Indus-
trial Recovery Act in presenting a code to establish principles of
fair competition within its trade as well as to promote the maximum
possible increase in employment; it desires to call attention to the
fact that during the years 1929 to 1933 the record of their trade
shows that wages have not generally been reduced and that in but
few instances have such wage cuts as were instituted equalled the
generally accepted percentage of reduction in the cost of living.
The National Association of Play Publishers, representing
approximately between 90% and 95% of this trade, both in numbers
-and in bulk of trade, have signed or have indicated their intention
of signing the blanket code, wish to call attention to the fact that
their trade differs in so many ways from other types of publishing
and trade distribution that they feel a separate code is imperative for
the proper conduct of their business. Not only is the type of material
unique but the market reached differs from that of any other type
of publishing and trade distribution. Furthermore, there are
marked differences in merchandising and an unusual combination of
,distributing and retail selling which differentiates their trade from
that of other types of publishing and distribution. The use of direct-
by-mail selling as the principal outlet of their product is significant.
Despite the specialized and seasonal nature of the labor in the Play
Publishing trade which makes the addition of permanent work
exceptionally difficult, we pledge ourselves to create new jobs in
every feasible and equitable way.
Feeling that their record in matters of sustained wage levels and
ethical competition is exceptionally good at the present time, they
have confined themselves in the code submitted herewith, to:
1. A confirmation of the present high-wage levels and an effort to
maintain the present wage schedule and other aims set forth in
the labor provisions of the National Industrial Recovery Act. Fur-
ther, it is our desire to increase the present wage levels as trade con-
2. Regulation of unfair competition.
3. Regulation of advertising statements.
4. A practical method of administering and enforcing the codifica-
tions of the three foregoing sections, as referred to in Article 7,.
ARTICrL 2-LABOR CODE
The Play Publishing trade employs no unskilled labor, and vir-
tually all its employees are engaged in clerical work. No labor
abuses, child labor, or sweat-shop conditions, obtain in the trade.
SECTION 1. No employee and no one seeking employment shall be re-
quired as a condition of employment to join any company union or to
refrain from joining any labor organization of his own choosing.
SEc. 2. Employers shall comply with the maximum hours of labor,.
minimum wage rates, and other conditions of employment deter-
mined by the President of the United States.
ARTICLE 3-HOURS Or LABOR
The maximum number of working hours per week for any em-
ployee shall not exceed 40. This regulation shall not apply to
executives who receive more than $35.00 per week.
ARTICLE 4-MINIMUM COMPENSATION
SECTION 1. Not to pay any of the classes of employees mentioned
in paragraph 2, President's Reemployment Agreement, less than.
$15.00 per week in any city of over 500,000 population, or in the
immediate trade area of such city; nor less than $14.50 per week in
any city of between 250,000 and 500,000 population, or in the imme-
diate trade area of such city; nor less than $14.00 per week in any
city of between 2,500 and 250,000 population, or in the immediate
trade area of such city; and in towns of less than 2,500 population
to increase all wages by not less than 20%, provided that this shall
not require wages in excess of $12.00 per week.
SEC. 2. No distinction shall be made as between male and female.
SEC. 3. Part-time employees shall receive in the case of every
company a minimum compensation of 350 per hour, unless they be
on full time, in which case the minimum rates above stated will
apply to them as well.
ARTICLE 5-UNFAIR COMPETITION
Any adverse reference to the goods, services, or prices, whether of
books or of royalties of the plays, or volumes, of any competitor
will be regarded as unfair competition.
ARTICLE 6--UNFAIR ADVERISING
SECTION 1. The use of any reduced price, whether of a published!
play, book, or royalty, as an advertising feature or selling; point'
shall be regarded as unfair advertising.
SEC. 2. The members agree in all their advertising, neither directly
nor indirectly, to issue untrue or misleading statements of fact
regarding the play or book advertised.
It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to consider and
adjudicate all cases of alleged violations of Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
in the code adopted by the National Association of Play Publishers
in accordance with the provisions of the National Industrial
(Signed) HARRY C. ELDRIDGE, President.
L. L. SERGEL, Secretary-Treasurer.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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