Photo caption: Stagehands respond to their lighting cues during a performance in the late 1930s.
Source: National Archives
In June 1933, President Roosevelt signed legislation affecting all US workers into law - the National Recovery Act, creating the National Recovery Administration (NRA). The NRA’s first mission was to create a uniform system of codes to cover all of industry in the United States.
For months, the Alliance participated in hearings to create an industrial code for the entertainment industry. Eventually, four different codes were established:
- Code of Fair Competition for the Motion Picture Industry
- Code of Fair Competition for the Legitimate Full Length Dramatic and Musical Theatrical Industry
- Code of Fair Competition for the Burlesque Theatrical Industry
- Code of Fair Competition for the Motion Picture Laboratory Industry
The NRA shortened working hours to spread the work around, and set the first minimum wage level for stagehands.