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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955 - File 009. 1955-03. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 29, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/769/show/708.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 009
Transcript was -" law whW argai"i"j I was if -man. * law. fl nera-"1 ir unio] ms to I ! ales. 'II" .re 'I"" .tion H lln- 1"T over the economic life of the nation. 1946 was on,- ,,f the worst strike years ln our history. In that year alone, 4,600.000 workers were made idle by strikes, with a loss of 116.000.000 man- days eef work. Bul lhe big unions overplayed their hands. This bale! revelation ,if un- '"iilliel power nauseated a nation that wanted a return to peacetime production :""J an elimination of wartime shortages. lln- Taft-Hartley law, badly mutilated hy left-wingers, Socialists, and New 'Scalers in both houses of Congress, was anally passed in 1917 in response to public demand thai something be done to control the big unions. Bul the Taft- Hartley law is by no stretch of the ""agination an antiunion law. Ii merely amends the old Wagner Act in an efforl " require the big unions to give some accounting of themselves." I, NO ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE The Taft-Hartley Act outlaws the ''""'-'I shop, bul as amended it permits !"' Union shop. Now there' is no csscn- ,a' difference between the union shop '""I the closed shop. The closed shop "Oply means thai any employee who pes to work for an organized company !as to belong to a union before he ran 8° jo work. A union shop means that ■"ybody who goes to work for an or- -'I'lize-il company inusl join I lie union "'win thirty days after he goes to "ork.e ' ' 1 """i leaders want ihis kind of com- lM"v union membership because they ll1)'' discovered thai without it — with- some means of forcing people to join —Wide World Photo President Roosevelt signing the Wagner unemployment bill in 1933 in the presence of, left to right, Cong. Kyster, Labor Secretary Frances Perkins, and Sen. Wagner. their unions and stay in and pay dues — they cannot get and hold new- members. Despite the favoritism Ihey have- received from the federal government; despite the fact that administration policies have forced millions of people against their will to join the big unions; and despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on propaganda and organ- ization —the big unions slill have a out combined membership of less than per cent of the' winking force America.7 20 -Wide World Pholo the '" NeVeral '"""'red placard-carrying pickets assail Taft-Hartley law outside federal building "list,:.* Yo'l< during House subcommittee hearing into alleged Communist influence in f1- °"icia",'ve and mercantile industries. Demonstration was in protest over summoning of un, s 'or questioning on their political affiliations. "acts '■'•HH'M MOWS, March, 'Ihe union shop deprives individual union members of any means of effective protest against bad union leadership. When compulsory membership is permitted, the individual worker has no control whatever over the union to which he is forced to pay dues. An individual American voter does have some small control over the President of the roiled States, in the sense thai he can criticize the Presidenl and threaten not to vote for the President or his party. But the individual worker in John L. Lewis' union has about as much control over John L. Lewis as a Russian peasant has nve-r the Russian dictator.8 Any union man who gets out and makes speeches againsl Waller Reuther oi iii any way criticizes his union would instantly be kicked out of the CIO and blackballed so thai he couldn't get a job in his trade anywhere in the United States. I nion propaganda holds thai management is the enemy, unionism the friend, of the laboring man. and lhal unions are due all the credit for gelling higher wages and working conditions.0 If the union leaders believe their own propaganda, il is difficult to see vvhv they want compulsory union membership to force people to join their unions. II the unions had done all the fine things for American vvorkingnicn that they claim to have done, it seems rather apparent lhal self-interest would encourage every laboring person in the 1 nited Stales to clamor for union mem- fii i—l,i|>. If labor unions were really. ;,s they claim, responsible for the rise eef weerke'rs" living standards, then of course lhe highest living standards of lhe- win hi would be in Europe, where unionism has been predominant for generations. Since 179(1. living standards of wage- Page 7 I* 1
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