811F.504/11–546: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Panama (Hines)

566. Re third paragraph urtel 684 Oct 30.91 For Emb’s strictly confidential info recent conferences in Wash between State, War and Labor Dept officials and Gov Mehaffey have led to probable temporary assignment to Governor’s staff of labor relations officer who will be instructed to make during first 3 or 4 months of 1947 survey to determine (1) whether Governor should have permanent labor relations officer on his staff; (2) whether, if any discriminations against Canal Zone labor groups exist, steps can immediately be taken to correct them, and (3) whether facts can be assembled to answer any allegations of discrimination at June 1947 ILO Conf at Geneva. Memoranda of conversations being forwarded.

Until this plan has been discussed fully with Governor upon his return to Isthmus and until further instructions are received from Dept matter should not be discussed with Panamanian officials.

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