W hai are these right-to-work laws thai
seventeen southern and western slabs
now have een the books? They are
"imply laws which say that people don't
have |,, join unions if they don't want
lo- In all of the seventeen slales. the
flght-to-Work laws recognize the right
°f people to join unions. None eef these
'a»- outlaws union organization or
Union strikes. They merely outlaw the
practice of forcing people lee join unions
ami pay ,1,,,- againsl their will."
—Wide World Photos
UMW Chief John L. Lewis (left) as he
^jnerged from Illinois mine following an
'gnt-hour inspection of scene of explosion
*"ere 119 miners were killed in 1 9S1. (Right)
s "e appeared before a House labor sub-
11 i- incredible thai James I'. Mitchell,
;l member e,f the Cabinet of the Presi-
de«l of Ih,- United Stales, could publicly
'' 'aCK such law.-, whose- seele- ami simple
Purpose is t,e protecl imliv idual Americans against (lie tyranny and violence of
-::■ e:- Ii -::- &
there in quick review an- twee Bides
a fuels forum question:
, Do \on agree with Secretary eel
I;;''1'"' Mitchell lhal the stale right-to-
r" 'ave- .lee i,Hue harm than good?"
l.al„„ Secretary Bills State End Union
,'!'l' Curb," Y,„ Y,„l. Times, Dec. 8,
..;.';• '■ pp. I and 27.
I ran-,-, jp, ,,f pre8a Conference," New )>>il-
'""'■'. Dec. <). 1954, p. 20.
, ,""' "" File, 1954, |.. III! 152 (10.
^anemic Outlook, September, 1954.
e,)--""-! Labor Blackmail," lev Towner
, ....",|:l". Freeman Magazine, Sept. 22, 1952.
ij'"', raft-Hartley \. I \ Felveeealele- View,"
' Kolieri Taft, 1,nulls nl tin- American
'.'"'■■my ,,i Political and Social Science,
. j'-"'li. 1951.
, ,';,I,"| I nions," World Almanac, 1954.
„,r'''"'ii" Magazine, Feb. 1, 1954.
,."'"" Monopoly, by V. Orvall Watts, pub-
,;""' by the Foundation for S..< i,il Re-
i,. •'"I|. Us Ingeles, 1954, p. 36.
,.\]'-"i''- lohn I.. Lewis Lost," (I. S. News
Unman Events, \|ii
. ' " '"Id Report, Jan. 2'),' 1954, p. 93.
.."'"" Monopoly, p. 67.
; ' ' nion Te.ee,,? — Try That Failed,"
p '.„ vewj & //„,/,/ /,',.,„„,. Dee. 26, 1952.
I,'1'""' in lee,In-hint Society," bine,/' of
S( "''""'» Academy of Political and Social
SECRETARY HAGERTY ATTACKS
REUTHER'S "FRAUD'' CHARGE
"Ridiculous charge!*' retorted
White Blouse Press Secretary James
C. Hagerty in answer to CIO Prcsi-
dent Rent Iter's denunciation thai
the administration was perpetrating
;i "political fraud" in ils attitude
inward Labor Secretary MitcheU.
In a REPORTERS1 ROUNDUP
Interview, Hagerty—commenting on
Reuther's reference to a speech in
which Secretary Mitchell expressed
hi.-* views on righl-lo-work laws —
views voiced without the advance
approval oi' President Eisenhower
"1 think that Jim Min In II is one
of the best Secretaries of Labor this
country has ever had. He represents
all segments of labor. He is not primarily concerned will, or tied to
any one labor organization. He is
working for tbe welfare of the
working men and women of this
country. . . . and the charge that
Mr. Reuther makes that Mr. Mitchell is a sort of second-class member
of the Cabinet is the most ridiculous charge I have ever beard."
Hagerty further emphasized,
"Jim Mitchell was appointed by the
President as Secretary of Labor and
.... bis opinions are constantly
sought i" lhe process of working
out a legislulivc program."
As to President Eisenhower's react ion to Secretary Mitchell's
speech, which was not submitted in
advance to the While House. Hag-
"The President believes thai a
member of tbe Cabinet has a right
to express his opinion, ami he doe-
nol want a member ol' the Cabinet
to be jiisl a "rubber stamp* or a *yes
Hagerty went on to say, "I would
recommend that even Mr. Reuther
take another look at that speech. In
talking of thc seventeen stales that
have these right-to-work laws, Mr.
Mitchell was merely saying thai he
thought thai these states should
take another look at those laws. He
was not proposing this as either an
administration policy or a legislative policy of the national administration lo be submitted to (his Congress. In tin- first place we couldn't:
those are purely stale laws, and it
is up to each one of those slates
to lake those actions ... if the stale
legislatures in their wisdom think
that any such action is necessary.
He was merely proposing this and
stating his often-expressed opinion
that these right-to-work law- were
\\ hen asked if he did not prefer
that public expressions of opinion
by administration officials coincide
wilh those of the While House.
Hagerty replied", "Nol necessarily ;
on many subjects, of course, bul
Press Secretary Hagerty concluded, "I believe it is quite fining
and proper for individuals lo express their own opinions without in
any way lying down an administration to a policy decision, ami that's
what Mr. Mitchell did."
ORUM NEWS, March, 1955
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Attempting to halt auto from entering Hollywood studio during 1946 strikes, a picket
was knocked over by the car during full-scale melee in jurisdiction fight among AF of L