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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 56 (August 1946)

Press and radio comment,   pp. 24-[27] PDF (2.6 MB)


Page 26

UNRRA's unfinished work must be taken
over by agencies of United Nations. Re-
viewing UNRRA's past accomplishments
and shortcomings, the editorials said the
work done by that agency was a vital one
and, in the main, performed creditably.
The New   York Sun said: "(UNRRA)
undertook a task that no organization could
hope to perform perfectly under the best con,
ditions, and operated in a period of much
international friction. Cost in terms of dollars
can never provide a fair measurement of its
humanitarian efforts and accomplishments."
Pittsburg Post-Gazette: "While UNRRA
has its faults, it also has its virtues. . It has
been estimated that its supplies have saved
the lives of millions of people in Yugoslavia,
Czechoslovakia, Greece, Poland and China.
Nor is the need for relief over. People of
some invaded countries, regardless of gov-
ernmental abuse, will still need help.
-"It may be that countries still in need will
be asked to pay for relief. But whether or
not they pay, provision must be made within
the next fours months to carry on the
functions'- of UNRRA to a, limited extent.
,It seems a logical task for agencies. of United
Nations."
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: "UNRRA was
never intended to be a permanent agency.
-Its functions was to take over responsibility
for immediate relief of war suffers after the
war until permanent international agencies
could be organized. -This fact was recognized
by representatives of the United States,
Britain and Canada....
"Instead of continuing UNRRA or or-
ganizing a new agency, the three countries,
which   have  furnished  93   percent of
UNRRA's funds, have proposed that a
world bank take over UNNRA's rehabili-
tation functions; that health activities be
assumed by the new world health organi-
zation; that an. international refuge agency
be created, aAnd that relief be placed on
national basis."
EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (Continued from page 10)
ative, harmonious. and understanding
relationships with their employees.
Employee relations counselors stress pre-
ventive measures as much as possible. Alert
and discerning counselors gradually arrive
at an understanding of work conditions and
living conditions which serve as the basis for
formulating procedures designed to prevent
little grievances from becoming big problems.
When employees need an outlet for per-
sonal tensions, job grievances and. othet
problems of a, highly confidential nature,
the OMGUS employee relations staff catn be
relied upon to keep the matter in strictest
confidence.
This "trouble-shooting" section of the per-
sonnel Division was recently set up by the
Commanding General of OMGUS, and its
activities in Berlin have been broadened to
provide every type of labor relations and
personnel counsel.
It is the hope of ;Col. J. T. Duke, Chief of
Personnel, to  have competent employee
relations personnel available to OMGUS
employees throughout the entire US Zone
of Occupation. Where it is not feasible' to
have a full-time counselor because of small
isolated MG -inits, a qualified person will be
designated to provide employee relations
services on a part-time basis.
S"We -are gradually knocking off the re-
maining rough'edges in our OMGUS organ-
ization," Colonel Duke said, "and we believe
that we are making working conditions and
living conditions more satisfactory for our
emnployees every day."
What about the fellow who wanted to
marry that girl in Albany, New York, by
telephone?
It can't be done. Not in New York. But
the employee relations counselor found a
way out. Proxy marriages are permitted in
Florida. So all the girl in Albany will have
to do noW to marry -her fiance in Berlin is
take a trip to'Miami.  Relatively simple,
isn't it, when you know the answer?


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