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Vacation Pay Totals Over One Million
A Message To All Employees
Fieldcrest Mills, Inc., a federal contractor, on May 8, 1969,
signed an Affirmative Action Program in compliance with
Presidential Executive Order 11246. In addition ta providing
for non-discrimination in employment and conditions of employ
ment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin,
as required by Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive
Order 11246 further specifies that we take affirmative action
to improve the status of minority groups in our company.
I am writing this message in THE MILL WHISTLE to make
it absolutely clear to every member of the Fieldcrest organiza
tion that we will comply with Executive Order 11246. It has
been and continues to be our policy both to obey the law and all
agreements entered into under the law. We will continue to
comply with both the letter and the spirit of Title VII of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. ■
Executive Order 11246 does not require reverse discrimina-
tion nor does it require a numerical quota system. There will be
no need for discrimination in Fieldcrest in favor of any group
members at the expense of any others. We shall continue to pro
vide emplo'yment, opportunities for advancement, and all other
Conditions of employment in accordance with the^ capabilities
cf the individuals involved and the efficient operation of Field
crest Mills, Inc.
So that there can be no misunderstanding of the company s
position, we are holding a series of meetings vvith management
^rid supervisory personnel at all co'mpany locations at which the
Affirmative Action Program and the company’s policy relating
to it are being explained. All managers and supervisors have
been directed to familiarize themselves with the Executive
Order and to make certain that it is lived up to in their re
spective mills and departments.
I urge you all to ask questions of your supervisor if you want
further information. Lack of understanding is often the only
cause of difficulty and we anticipate no difficulty at Fieldcrest.
^e will continue our best efforts to operate the mills efficiently,
provide jobs and payrolls for employees and the home commu-
Pities and satisfy our customers.
We appreciate and thank you for your past and future coop
G. W. MOORE
Vacation pay for production employees
in Fieldcrest’s southern plants will
amount to $1,182,900, a tabulation by
the Payroll Department shows. The extra
pay will be distributed to employees
along with their regular paychecks this
A breakdown of the figures shows
that $561,700 in vacation pay will go to
3,301 employees in Eden and that
$205,900 in vacation pay will be distri
buted to 1,075 employees of the Fieldale
The vacation pay, combined with the
employees’ regular pay and the monthly
paychecks of salaried employees, to be
paid Friday, will amount to $1,625,000
to be disbursed by Fieldcrest in Eden on
Thursday and Friday of this week.
At Fieldale, the combined vacation
pay, employees’ regular pay, and the
salaried employees’ pay will total
$449,900 to be paid this week.
The vacation pay for a majority of the
employees, those with five or more
years of continuous service, will be
four percent of their past year’s earn
ings. This is the equivalent of about
two weeks of extra pay.
Two percent of their past year’s earn
ings or about one week of vacation
pay will be paid to employees who have
worked as much as one year but less
than live years.
Fieldcrest was one of the first textile
companies to provide paid vacations for
employees. Vacation pay has been issued
each summer for about 30 years.
Fieldcrest plants, generally, will close
for vacation at the end of the second
shift Friday, June 27, and resume oper
ations Sunday evening, July 6, at 11
p.m. If there are any exceptions to this
schedule, the employees affected will be
notified by their mill management.
Paychecks for the week ending June
29 will be distributed to all employees
in the regular manner Monday, July
7. Group life, hospital, surgical and acci
dent and health insurance premiums
will be waived for the week ending
The Credit Union offices will close
at the end of business Friday, June 27,
and will re-open Monday, July 7. The
Personnel Office at Eden will he open
on a limited basis during vacation.