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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ^^^ ■■■■■■■ Right-to-work laws promise to be a major campaign issue in the coming presidential election. No doubt the newly-wedded AFL-CIO will wield its tremendous political power against these laws, while proponents of such laws will be equally vigorous in their support. In the tradition of Facts Forum this vital and controversial question is examined from opposing points of view. =~i. Are "Right-to-Wortow % say those who feel that compulsory unionism i* &Q. other name for creeping communism. Argumen" those favoring right-to-work laws are as foil" MANY people regard the current movements toward compulsory union membership as wayward cancer cells, spreading malignantly tlirough the bloodstream of America. One newspaper has labeled compulsory unionism "depersonalization."1 Submergence of self is another way of putting it. To join or not to join — it seems that this will no longer be the question if unions have their way. Workers will be forced to join a union. It has been said that unscrupulous politicians, gangsters, and some labor leaders are banding together in an ever-increasing manner. Losers from such an alliance are, first, the workers; and, second, the public at large.- When the time comes that a worker cannot work at a job except In belonging to a union, with subsequent support of same, he becomes, in effect, a victim of "government without consent of the governed."'' Granted, union membership by compulsion does make the union strong. At the same time this captive membership makes it possible for unions to expand and pursue courses which may be at variance with the '"A Laboring Man Looks at Labor." by losenh A. Byrd, Tin' Tablet, Mar. 19, 1955. ■"Forced Membership Steals row Freedom," pamphlet issued I >> National Hittht to Work Committee, not dated, p. 13. tor Voluntary Unionism." pamphlet issued l>v Chamber of Commerce ot tin- United st.it,>,. Washington 6, D. C, not dated, p. 8. workers' viewpoints. Compulsory unionism vests great power in a few. And, while labor unions have many great and honest leaders, they have also small and dishonest ones. While good leaders may build mighty machines for worthy purposes, bad leaders may later operate them with evil intent. All they need is the chance. Voluntary unionism is the best defense against bad operation.' Critics cite, to illustrate how far the unions have come — the wrong way — an excerpt from Samuel Gompers' final presidential address to the AFL Convention, El Paso, Texas, 1924: ... I want to urge devotion to trie fundamentals of human liberty — the principles of voluntarism. \o compulsion, If we seek to force, we but tear apart that which, united, is invincible . . . It may be hard for many to believe that this was the message of Gompers, that "Grand Old Man" of Labor. Compare that approach to the unions of today, which, sonic allege, tire netting (at and happy on the sweat of the workers. Again, from the speech of Gompers: So long as we have held fast to voluntary principles and have been actuated and inspired by tbe spirit of service, we have sustained our forward progress and we have made our labor movement something to be respected and accorded a place '"The Case foi Voluntary Unionism," [ssned by Chamber of Commerce ol die United States, Washington ti. D. C. not dated, p. tt. in the councils of our Republic. \Vhcrl have blundered into trying to (one ;l icy or a decision, even though wise right, we have impeded, if not intern1!1 tbe realization of our aims. . . . Base your all upon voluntary 1' riples. . . . l: \H It seems to be the consensus tainly a revolutionary consensu*',. day that a citizen has to belong WI pay union dues to a labor organi^J in order that he nitty be permit*^! work and earn his livelihood- , tenet is contrary to out' free "m Cratic system of government. I'., lates individual freedom and ''-, choice, and it is unconsti(uti|l"y well. Economic slavery might wl the term applied to forcing a 1'' to join tut organization in or* enjoy the privilege of working- U Some declare that not only "°^f| violate the constitutional rights °J people, but it may well perp* I parasitic union control meinl»'|S'j: honest or not. And, worst ol •1'.'.,|il there is little nationwide oppos'" 1 this social "disease," our fedei'1'1 3 eminent, too often the tool <" 'J lias fallen in with "*j AG, nei wo trip, ie it -n' bfir. to ; tiro,, ' ^al: Hi,, "ft, es of sure groups, pa ized labor, state laws notwithst8D!J| As a matter of fact, the tendenc) courts to rule that states will b«J| hibited from enacting labor tion where the federal govcrnn"' v ""•■•'-• d <•'>' ' •"The Risht to Work. Right to Work Committee (Ctnitinuci ■ published % C Washington, "' Page 2 Facts Font \i News, M'"J Ty «* life >»gc ■n ch;>nr; % Je domi, \, ><: in «H "5,i'nen |j • hours 'V.J.',' tone K^ers, n ' <a V* • *■ Ol;, ,
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