—Wide World Photos
Left photo, CIO President Walter Reuther congratulated Labor Secretary Mitchell (left)
after the Cabinet member addressed the union's Dec. 7 convention. Standing at right, James
Carey, President of the CIO Union of Electrical Workers. Right photo, Reuther (left) made
headlines in 1937 when, as a UAW local president, he and Richard T. Frankensteen, UAW-CIO
organizational director, were beaten up by employees at the Ford River Rouge plant whom
they were trying to organize.
earners in the I nited States bene improved continuously — not in ratio to
union activity, but in ratio to the investment that private management has made
in better plants and equipment.10
The basic e-vil of the compulsory
union membership or union-shop idea is
the use of force- lo compel individuals to
do the will of olhers. Americans certainly have a right to organize unions
and join them. They also have a righl to
strike. Taking a job that is offered you,
or quitting the one yon have; joining a
union that wants you, or refusing to
join — these are a pari of your inalienable rights to life, liberty, and thc pursuit of happiness. But no one, not even
government, has the constitutional right
to force someone else to join a union
if he doesn't want to.9
Yet the instances of outright and outrageous violence on the part of organized labor hoodlums to force individual
workers to join unions against their will
or to participate in strikes which they
do not approve of are almost infinite
Labor czars today can hold the people of the United States for ransom, cut
off their Livelihood, starve them, and
strangle their economy.
In 1952. John L. Lewis decided lhal
all the employed people in Widen, West
Virginia — whether they worked in
cafes, grocery stores, laundries, or whatnot— should belong to the I nited Mine
Workers. The people resisted. So, in
September. 1952, I MW pul a picket
line- across ihe only automobile road
leading into Widen, West Virginia. Ami
there it remained until Christmas I've-.
1953. During those fifteen months the
people of \\ iden, \\ esl \ irginia, lived in
a reign of terror, instigated by a band
■ ef men who sought lo force them to
sign up wilh the 1 MW, whether liny
wanted tee or not. During this slrike-.
three railroad bridges, two electric
power substations, and <ene high-tension
tower were destroyed by dynamite. Nine
houses eer barns wen- biirneel. A train
was stopped, its passengers removed at
gunpoint, and one of ils passengers
beaten severely. Another passenger train
loaded with women and children was
fired on. Twenty-nine automobiles be-
longing to individual citizens were overturned, shot up, or dynamited. The
climax of this strike- was an ambush
involving some twenty shotguns and
rifles fired from darkness upon a motorcade on a public road. One man was
killed, three wounded."
Similar occurrences win- recorded in
a prolonged strike ai Elizabeth, Louisiana, where an AF of L affiliate was trying to organize some paper mills.12
Similar incidents occurred in Central
In 1951. George Leei independent
owner of ;i small laundry in a little town
in Louisiana, tried to resist lln- efforts of
a powerful union lo organize his employees, who didn't want lee be organized.
The union pul a pie kit around his place,
insulted his customers with obscene language-, heal up his truck drivers, refused
lo let his employees go to work.11'
I nion goons in Chicago waylaid and
be-at lei death an elderly man for refusing lee participate in ;i strike which In-
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE LAW
lhe list of such incidents is long and
terrifying. Yet, because of ihe political
power they possess, the big labor organizations have1 been placed above and
beyond the laws of our land. The instigators and perpetrators of all this
criminal violence ait- seldom brought 1°
justice fen their crimes. When they are,
they are usually given suspended sentences or light fines.
Even more startling is the fail tha'
sen b arrant hoodlumism is seldom ,-rili-
eizi'd by lhe great liberal church leaders-
newspapers, and various civil rights or-
ganizations which look upon themselvefl
as the keepers of the nation's conscience.
It is a situation which defies understanding. But one thing we can understand: if the people of America cootim"'
to appease industry-wide union lab*«
monopolies, their appeasement will cii'f
either in civil war or in lhe submission
of the United Slates government to an
unofficial labor dictatorship.5
Our presidents, our cabinet officer*
our congressmen, and our senators hav''
been so susceptible to the powerW
political pressures of the big unions til'1'
lhe federal government has been niial*
to regulate labor-management affairs i"
tin- national interest. The only way °"
of this dilemma is lo permit the po"1''
of regulation to return lo the indiv idu*
slates, where il should have been :1
along, according lo the- Tenth Amen*
ment of our Constitution.
The real importance of (he right-10-
work laws which lhe individual Stat*
are enacting is that such laws an- ''
turning to the individual states the f'".""
I inn of policing labor-management vl"
The people of Florida started ''"'
trend ill 1911.
STATES ADOPT OWN LAWS
Arizona followed soil in 1916. Sin1'''
that lime, fifteen other stales in l'"
South and West have adopled their 0**
—Wide World p ^
At Pittsburgh during power strike in 1946, regular heat supply was cut off. Chilly fe
building offices were warmed up by heating system pipes connected with locomotive.
FACTS FORUM NEWS, March, *5
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