32nd President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7×9, The White House Washington letterhead, February 9, 1938, to Clarence Miller at the Texas Textile Mills in Dallas, Texas, in full:
I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your support of Federal wage and hour legislation along the lines indicated in my message to Congress. It seems to me that such legislation should prove a boon to all employers throughout the country who wish to maintain decent working conditions for their employees. Anything that can be done to break down the misunderstanding that now exists among many employer groups to this type of legislation will be helpful.
Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
In his State of the Union address of January 3, 1938, FDR stated:
We have not only seen minimum-wage and maximum-hour provisions prove their worth economically and socially under Government auspices in 1933, 1934, and 1935, but the people of this country, by an overwhelming vote, are in favor of having Congress– this Congress– put a floor below which industrial wages shall not fall, and a ceiling beyond which the hours of industrial labor shall not rise…Wage and hour legislation, therefore, is a problem which is definitely before this Congress for action. It is an essential part of economic recovery. It has the support of an overwhelming majority of our people in every walk of life. They have expressed themselves through the ballot box.