Letter by Harry L. Hopkins - 1936
WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION
1734 NEW YORK AVENUE NW .
WASHINGTON, D. C.
HARRY L. HOPKINS
March 13, 1936.
TO: All State Works Progress Administrators
SUBJECT: Notice to all WPA Workers
All State Works Progress Administrators are hereby instructed to post in every district office and to deliver to every project foreman an exact copy of the following regulation:
"No employee of the Works Progress Administration, either administrative or engaged on a project, is required to make any contribution to any political party.
"No Works Progress Administration employee's job will be in jeopardy because of the failure of said employee to make such contribution.
" No employee of the Works Progress Administration shall at any time solicit contributions for any political party and evidence of such solicitation will be cause for immediate discharge. The question of whether or not to contribute to any political party is a matter entirely for the voluntary decision of said employee.
"No person shall be employed or discharged by the Works Progress Administration on the ground of his support or nonsupport of any candidate of any Political organization. "
/s/ Harry L. Hopkins
Links to Sections from the WPA Brochure from 1936 - "Our Job with the WPA"
- Letter by Harry L. Hopkins
- Workers' Handbook - WPA; What Are WPA Jobs?
- How Long Will The Jobs Last?; Questions Workers Most Often Ask - Pay; Things You Can Be Docked For
- Working Time; Dismissals; Complaints
- Accidents and Compensation; Safety; Unions
- General Questions: Private Jobs; Work Card; Getting A Job Near Home; Carfare; Your Opinion of the Job You Do; Conclusion
- We Have a WPA Job; Why can't we get private jobs?; What happens to us when we are on the dole; Work Keeps Us From Going Nuts
- Uncle Sam set up the WPA as the answer; The good we are doing; Our Working and Spending Keep Many Businesses Alive