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Conferees Make
i Report At Last
Meeting off No. 44
Sebring, Ohio—Local Union 44
11, met in regular session on Sept. 18
11 *. with a good turnout on hand. Fol
lowing transaction of routine busi
ness matters, the balance of the
meeting was turned over to the
conference delegates who made
.their report.
We are especially pleased with
the general wage increase as well
as other concessions granted in the
(new agreement. We feel the con
ference committee did a swell job
and are deserving of a vote of
thanks from the entire trade. To
the officials of the organization we
j, carry the same thought in mind.
4 In my last letter to the ‘Herald’
regarding meeting halls in Sebring,
your O. C. was subject to much
criticism in describing some of the
meeting quarters as not much bet
ter than bams. This is not the
case with Local Union 44 who has
a very nice hall in which to hold
their meetings, but it is owned by
the V.F.W and at the time of my
last letter to the ‘Herald’, they had
a short term lease with a 30-day
eviction notice attached. The ‘Vets*
have been very accommodating to
Local 44 and any reference to barn
like structures certainly does not
apply to their quarters.
The City fathers decided not to
include a large meeting hall in
their plans for a new village hall,
despite the crying need for such
from the citizens at large. Will the
voters put their O.K. on this pro
ject when it does not fill the needs
of the present day?
At a recent meeting of the Cen
tral Body the members did not en
dorse the proposed structure and
the civic organization followed suit
at their meeting on Sept. 19.
The JayCees at a recent dinner
endorsed community improvements
but did not consider the needs of
the people.
Bro. F. M. (Frisky) Howell4o
jagaiu confined to his home with
.latest report*,indkaljwslight im
p'sa’b |rovo4Ment.—-O.C. 44 I
Halifax Unions Pf^ss
For Housing Plan
Halifax, N. S. (ILNS)—AFL
ions and their heads in this district
have been trying to interest city,
provincial and federal authorities
in a low cost and low rental hous
ing plan. Thus far, all the house
construction has been at high cost,
and aimed at high sales prices and
The rentals demanded for gov
ernment housing colonies have been
in the stratosphere and construc
tion so far has been of no benefit to
the families of small incomes. The
AFL District Trades and Labor
Council has been working to have
this defect remedied, but valuable
time has been lost by-the failure of
the politicians to do more than talk
about such a movement. There is
now said to be a possibility of a
low cost and rental colony being
built next year.
Senate Hearing Exposes
Textile Industry Racket
Nashua, N. H. (LPA) After
robbing 10,000 textile workers of
their jobs thru some very question
able financial deals, President Royal
Little of Textron, Inc., last week
made the grand gesture of offering
700 of them their jobs back if they
would operate under a double
The offer was made at a hearing
of a US Senate committee which is
investigating Textron at the re
quest of Textile Workers Union of
America. With tears in his eyes,
Sen. Charles W. Tobey pleaded
with Little to meet with the Mayor
of Nashua and TWUA President
Emil Rieve in an effort to save at
least 8500 jobs in Textron’s New
England plants. "Man, you’re rich
you’re a capitalist you’re able as
hell,” Tobey implored. “These peo
ple toil for a living. We’ve got a
job to do. We can save the day for
Nashua if you’ll only meet with us
tomorrow in the mayor’s office.”
The union asked for the hearing
when Textron announced it would
close its Nashua and Jaekson mills
which employed 3500 workers. It
had already closed plants in Dover,
N. H., Manvile and Esmond, R. I.,
Taunton, Mass., and Waynesboro,
Va. Little said he had closed the
mills because he could produce
more for less pay in the deep south
and in Puerto Rico.
Senator Tobey began his investi
gation after Rieve accused Little of
financial speculations “which are
undermining the entire textile in
dustry.” The textile workers presi-
‘.i K i'‘ -i 1 i it. ,..k
Push Drive To
Get Out Vote
Cleveland (LPA)—For five mon
ths now the United Steelworkers of
America has been conducting a
drive to get all of the union’s 22,
500 members in the city of Cleve
land registered and firmly commit
ted to voting on election day.
When Regional Director William
Donovan learned from the city
Board of Elections that only 12,500
of the union’s members were regis
tered he assigned staffman Bert
Ohler to get busy for PAC in the
area. The Board of Elections, at
the union’s request, helped break
down the membership rolls of 1'
union into wards and precincts
the workers can be contacted
their neighborhoods as well as
the shops.
i so
i in
This same information will come
in handy on election day itself,
when PAC workers will go from
door to door getting the union vot
ers down to the polling places. USA
and PAC have been talking not
only with the union members them
selves, but with their families and
even the folks who rent rooms in
the union men’s homes.
The registration job, now in its
final stages, has been a big one.
The steel local in the area with the
best record when the PAC drive
started had only 65% of its mem
bers registered to vote, while
local’s membership was 82%
L-M Relationship
In Tiffin Plant
At High Standard
The results of a sincere labor
management relationship pays off
|n many ways, but none better ex
emplified than the following script
read over the air waves recently in
a radio broadcast from Tiffin, Ohio:
“Local No. 7, at the American
Radiator & Standard Sanitary
Corporation Plant in Tiffin, is one
of the many locals which make up
the National Brotherhood of Oper
ative Potters, an A. F. of L. affili
ate. This National Brotherhood con
tains locals in dinnerware, china
ware, art, and various specialty
wares, besides those in sanitary.
Although the potters’ trade is very
old, often spoken of as the oldest
trade in the world, our special
branch, sanitary, is comparatively
recent, having grown in America
within the last century. But still
we feel it is important, because so
much of our modern civilization is
built on sound sanitary engineer
ing. Many of the great modern ad
vances in medicine have been made
possible by advances in sanitation,
and the special fixtures which go
into a modern hospital are made
here in Tiffin. We also contribute
our share to gracious living with
the complete line of sanitary fix
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dent said that Little ‘has not used
Nashua as a mill. He has used it as
a mine—h gold mine. He has mined
and stripped it. Now he is ready to
kill the whole enterprise, and des
troy the city of Nashua, for a few
dollars more.”
“Do not be deceived by Mr.
Little’s statement that he now
wants to sell the mill as a unit,”
Rieve added. “If you had not start
ed this investigation there would
not have been such talk from him.”
Little had a habit of buying mills,
making enormous war boom profits
out of them in a few months and
then stripping them and selling the
machinery in Zanzibar or Guate
mala where he could get the most
for it. Leaving the New England
textile workers high and dry, he
would then take the money from
this racket and open mills in the
south where wages were lower.
Under pressure of the Senate in
vestigation, the manufacturer an
nounced he would reopen the Jack
son cotton sheet mill under a five
point speedup system employing
700 of the 1500 people who used to
work there. If these 700 workers
keep the mill producing as much as
it used to, he’ll give them a break
and keep it open.
Under the public eye of the com
mittee, Little denied that he was
taking the Textron plants to the
south in order to undercut wages.
He said that southern workers get
almost as much per hour as the
New Englanders do now but they
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Heintz Makes His
Report At Last1:
Meeting of LU 76
Buffalo, N. Y.—Local Union 76
met on Sept. 17 with the attend
ance something to brag about.
Every chair in the hall was occup
ied as the members were anxious
to hear first hand report of the
agreement reached with the manu
facturers. Bro. Heintz carefully
traced each day’s proceedings, giv
ing the arguments pro and con on
the propositions submitted by the
Brotherhood as well as those pro
posed by the manufacturers to be
embodied in the new contract.^
We were especially pleased to
hear of the general increase which
brings employees in the pottery
industry on a wage level with any
other group of workers. The fact
must also be taken in mind that
wage increases for potters have all
been won without any work stop
The following new members were
accepted to our ranks: Nick Sea
sock, packing shed Leo Grelewicz,
glost warehouse, and Gladys Herd
endorf and Florence Kubiak, bisque
warehouse. We welcome these new
members into the fold and hope
to see them present at our local
We are glad to report Dorothy
Donovan up and around again after
her misfortune.
With old man winter slowly
creeping upon us, the time is at
hand to guard against those nasty
colds. A brand new shipment of
vitamins has just been received.
They are the same high quality
vitamin tablets we have been re
ceiving the past several years and
one of the finest on the market. If
you feel you are in need of some
thing to help build up your vitality
tor the months ahead, get your
supply from the Personnel Depart
ment. You will find the cost to you
is less than the retail prices in the
The management was approach
ed last week concerning more lock
era in the plant and we are glad to
announce these may sooarbe’Wtali
There’s a possibility cf a coffee
making machine being installed in
the plant in the very near future.
This machine will give you a cup
cf good coffee plus sugar and
?rcam for 5 cents.
Sister May Sutten of the clay
shop who underwent a tonsilectomy
Sept. 17, is ’mprnving rapidly.
Sister Martha Trzewieczynski is
lack on the joj fully recovered
fi«m a tonsilector.iy which she un
deiwent on Sept. 3rd.—O.C. 76
Pickets, Officers
Attacked By Thugs
New York (LPA)—The lengths
to which anti-union interests in
even a well organized industry are
prepared to go to defeat trade un
ionism was revealed in New York
this week when bands of thugs in
vaded the offices of the Dress Joint
Board of the Int’l Ladies Garment
Workers Union-AFL, and, on the
same day, beat up union pickets on
the streets of Manhattan. It was
the first day of an organizing by
the union.
Five thugs crashed into the of
fice of William Ross, the Joint
Board’s new organizing director,
and beat him and two other organ
izers, Charles Tischler and Joseph
Greenberg, over the head with
Later in the day a group of
hoodlums armed with lead pipe
wrapped in newspapers attacked
pickets in front of two non-union
dress factories. Three of the pic
kets had to be taken to the hospi
tal. They are members of the Sea
farers Int’l Union-AFL who have
been working temporarily in the
ILGWU organizing drive.
Dress Joint Board Manager Jul
ius Hochman warned that the at
tacks may signal an attempt by
racketeers to force their way into
the industry. The ILGWU played a
leading role in driving the gangs
ters out in the middle 1930’s.
Hochman said that he is meeting
with Mayor William O’Dwyer to
plan full police protection for the
union’s drive to organize the shops
which have refused to recognize it.
An investigation has already been
started by the police to find out
who was behind this outbreak of
Charles S. Zimmerman, manager
of Local 22, largest unit in the
Joint Board, said that the union is
determined to “mop up” the out
posts of non-union production that
still exist in the New York dress
industry. With 80,000 members, the
ILGWU division is the largest
single labor organization in the
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Elje Herald
resent 4,000,000.1
takes place in a village store, tel|s
old system in the elections this No'
Trades Council -'1
Not In Favor Of
New Village Hall
Sebring, Ohio—The talk in Sab
ring these past few weeks is very
much concerned with the proposed
new village hall. It will appear jDn
the ballot at the Nov. 2 election
for approval or disapproval a
$160,000 bond issue. Y.
The Sebring Trades and Labor
Council at their last regular meet
ing on Sept. 22, by unanimous vote,
went on record as being opposed to
a new village hall at this time. Hie
reason given were namely, the
plans do not include a suitable
meeting room to accommodate the
local unions and fraternal organ
izations that are meeting in the
present village hall. Furthermore,
many delegates present felt tie.t
any further increase in taxes*is
unwarranted at the
coneidering the high
and the increase in real estate
taxes we have experienced in the
past several years.
Detroit (LPA)—Plant guards at
the Briggs Manufacturing Co. set
tled a 15-day -strike last week so
that 100,000 auto workers, idled
because of the dispute, could re
turn to work.
The 170 members of the plant
guards’ union thought it was un
fair to let so many workers take a
loss because of them any longer.
The 25,000 members of United
Auto Workers at Briggs had refus
ed to cross the guards’ picket line
and the resulting parts shortage
had led to the layoff of 75,000 more
at Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chry
sler and Packard plants.
The Briggs guards got no
increase and no increase in
paratory time”—the. time
have to get ready for work, the
two main issues in the strike. They
got a two-year contract with a 5c
raise in the minimum pay for
Union president James C. Mc
Gahey said they had ended the
strike “because so many workers,
not directly concerned with the
strike, were being hurt by it.” He
charged Briggs with refusing to
bargain iu good faith with the un
The judges, whose decision is
final under the rent control law,
decided that a landlord in Red
Bank, N. J., couldn’t raise the rent
of Spencer W. Pitts from $33.34 to
$125 a month. In the course of the
ruling, they laid down this vital
principle: A tenant has a right to
participate in proceedings before
the area rent control board, and in
any appeals of board decisions. He
can have access to the facts pre-'
sented to the board, for example.
In turning down a decision by
Housing Expediter Tighe Woods,
acting on a proposal by a local rent
control board in San Antonio,
Texas, decontrolling all rental
units in that city, the court had
two important things to say.
'S’vM' A '■T -x
State”, produced by the Hollywood AFL Film Council for the Cali
fornia State Federation of Laboi, is playing an important part in the
campaign to reapportion the Stale Senate districts. The way it is now
five state senators represent 6,000,000 of California’s citizens, whereas
35 senators represent 4,CC0,0C0.j The story of “Magic State”, which
Decpie why they should vote out the
Many Hew Faces
At Last Meeting
Of Local No. 124
It was a pleasure to see so many
new faces at our last meeting and
we hope these brothers and sisters
will make it a point to be with us
on every Tuesday evening.
Returns of the referendum were
received, showing a favorable vote
to retain the present salaries of
our two top officials. Members of
Local 124 had they voted one hund
red per cent could have swung the
vote. Those who did not exercise
their privilege haVe no right to
gripe at the result.
Bro. Tony Wynn, delegate to the
Ohio State Federation of Labor
convention, made his report of the
state meeting and relayed valu
able information for all. He stress
ed the necessity of a large labor
vote at the coming election if we
are to defeat the enemies of labor.
Bro. Harold West reported
Trades and Labor Council has ap
pointed a committee to contact local
physicians, relative to better medi
cal attention in East Liverpool.
Dissatisfaction was voiced on the
breaking down of the hourly rate
increases by the gold stampers.
After much discussion, the local
was instructed by the chair to be
patient until some decision is ar
rived at by the joint committee.
A special meeting for decorating
kilnhands has been called for Sun
day, Oct. 17. The place to be an
nounced later.—O.C. 124
Wins Presidency,
By Narrow Vote
Omaha (LPA)—L. S. Buckmast
er was re-elected to the presidency
of United Rubber Workers by a
two-vote margin at the union’s
stormy convention here.
The URW president received 810
votes to 808 for his opponent Geo
rge R. Bass. A member of Bass’
faction, H. R. (Whitey) Lloyd, was
re-elected as vice-president.
By a slightly larger vote of 818
to 788, the convention adopted
Buckmaster’s annual report which
flayed the majority in the execu
tive board for failing to follow na
tional policy repudiating President
ial candidate Henry Wallace and
endorsing the European recovery
Washington (LPA)—In two de
cisions that received almost no at
tention in the press, a special US
emergency Court of Appeals last
week handed down rulings which
may make it a lot more difficult
for landlords to obtain rent in
creases under the present rent con
trol law.
The decision of fhe local board
to allow the rent boost was arrived
at with 8 members present by a 4
to 3 vote, with the chairman ab
staining from voting. There are 11
members of the board. The vote
was “less than a majority of those
present” and therefore “obviously
lacks the persuasive weight which
Congress attached to the collective
judgment of a board of local citiz
ens, as a group ‘representative of
the affected interests in the area.’
The fact that there’s a lot of new
construction in an area doesn’t
necessarily mean that the housing
shortage has ended, a condition
justifying decontrol under the
terms of the law.
The court said: “There are refer
ences at various places in the re
cord to new construction in Bexar
County. But the board has made no
finding as to the extent of the new
construction. If the new construc
tion is predominantly of more ex
pensive housing units, this would
hardly be a substantial alleviation
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Local Union No. 4
Defeats Measure
Asking Trade Vote
Local Union No. 4 held a very
interesting meeting Monday even
ing with the hands of the clock
nearing midnight as the president
rapped his gavel, calling the meet
ing to and end.
The attendance was' above usual,
resulting in much discussion on the
various matter* brought before the
local. Chief these b*-ing the
stand to be tak-n by the local in
asking for a referendum on action
of the 1948 convention.
Following much discus.-ion Tn
which some of the speakers reached
a heated stage, the local went on
record by secret ballot in defeating
the measure. The vote clearly in
dicates that Local Union No. 4 do*
not condone the actions of certah.
individuals who, by their sense of
reasoning, shuns the democratic
procedure of majority rules in re
buke to action taken by delegates
seated in convention.
The writer is of the opinion that
all the fury waged during the re
cent referendum is certainly not
that becoming a union tradesman,
and the sooner we get down to bus
iness and quit this mud-ttinging,
the better off for all. Our national
officials have been subject to public
scorn as has the good name of the
National Brotherhood of Operative
We have been told our officials
have not lived up to the constitu
tion and that they were guilty of
numerous infractions while hand
ing down decisions in carrying out
the duties of their respective office.
The old saying, “Let He Who Is
Without Sin, Cast The First Stone,”
might well apply to Local No. 4
during voting in the recent refer
endum. My interpretation of Sec
tion 49 of the constitution is that
all who vote must vote from the!
roll. Why was this procedure not
carried out? Was it done deliber
ately to defeat the issue at hand?
Its just little things of this sort
that one must take into consider
ation before criticizing others. True
it is we all make mistakes, but
there is a great deal of difference
between mistakes made in a sin
cere effort to render justice and
mistakes made purposely to benefit
certain individuals,
It is with a note of regret that
none of our members were nomin
ated for delegate to the AFL con
vention. Due to circumstances be
yond our control, the official notice
from headquarters concerning the
matter was mislaid until it was too
late to nominate.
Several items were brought be
fore the local for information con
cerning a fair price. Since we have
no size list for tea pots larger than
36 ozs. it is very difficult to set a
price. We are anxiously waiting
for a conference to establish a
price list for large tea pots.—O.C. 4
Green Denounces
ITU Persecution
St. Louis (LPA) While the
NLRB was summoning publishers
from all over the country to bolster
its sagging case against the Inti
Typographical Union-AFL on Taft
Hartley law’ violation charges, AFL
President William Green denounced
Sen. Robert A. Taft’s (R., Ohio)
attempt to force the government
to “crack down on the ITU on be
half of Chicago newspaper publish
Speaking to the convention of
the Bridge & Structural Ironwork
ers Int’l Association, President
Green agreed w’ith President Harry
Truman that Taft was guilty of
“improper conduct” when he call
ed in NLRB officials to speed-up
their drive against the ITU.
“Everyone knows that Sen. Taft
was the sponsor of the Taft-Hart
ley act. He had at his side during
the conference the counsel for the
Congressional “watch-dog commit
tee” which has the power to make
things hot for any public official it
suspects of ineffective enforcement
of the Taft-Hartley act,” Green
reminded the Ironworkers.
“Besides that,” the AFL chief
explained, “Sen. Taft is the real
leader of the majority forces in
Congress and swings a great deal
of weight. Under the circum
stances, his ’general statement re
lating to the importance of prompt
action in cases of this kind,’ to use
his own words, really amounts to
outright intimidation of the two at
torneys for the NLRB to whom he
Green pointed out that within a
few weeks after the NLRB em
ployes faced Taft and five repre
sentatives of the Chicago publish
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Huntington Park, Calif.—At a
wage conference between the Na
tional Brotherhood of Operative
Potters and members of the Cali
fornia Pottery Guild, a new agree
ment was signed covering four
Plants on the West Cc~~t who
u^intain membership in th- guild.
The agreement similiar to that
recently signed between the N. B.
of O. P. and the United States Pot
ters Association, affects employees
affiliated w r. Locals 113, 183, 196
and 201, employees of the Vernon
Kilns, Wallace China Co., Hollydale
Pottery Co. and Santa Anita Pot
Second Vice President Frank
HuH aided by Organizer George
Pace headed the Brotherhood rep
resentatives in negotiations of
new agreement.
Albany, N. Y. (ILN»).—A week
ly pay increase of $13 is provided
tfr a acw uontrfcrt sigMd by Loetk
4, International Typographical Un
ion and 2 Albany newspapers.
William A. Hazell, state labor
mediator, said that the contract
with the Knickerbocker-News and
the Times-Union is effective as of
Sept. lr It will run until Oct. 31,
1949. He said that the union mem
bers would receive an $8 weekly
pay increase retroactive to Nov. 1,
1947, the date the previous contract
expired. An additional increase of
$5 is effective Sept. 1.
The new contract calls for a wage
scale of $87 a week for day work,
$91 a week for night work and
$93.50 for the lobster shift. The
previous scale was $74 for day
work, $78 nights and $80.50 for the
lobster shift.
Washington. George Meany,
secretary-treasurer of Labor’s Lea
gue for Political Education, declar
ed that it is the paramount duty of
every union member first to regist
er and then to cast his vote in the
coming elections.
In an impassioned radio appeal
to the American public and espec
ially to all union members, Mr.
Meany took as the theme for his
address a statement made many
years ago by Samuel Gompers,
founder of the American Federa
tion of Labor. Mr. Gompers said:
“No union member can be con
sidered a good union member un
less he is first a good citizen.”
Declaring that the truth of Gem
Per’s statement is more true today
than ever before, Mr. Meany placed
the blame for the anti labor crusade
and the failure to enact social leg
islation in the Congress and in the
state legislatures squarely upon
the shoulders of the people of this
nation who do .not vote. He said:
“I could go on with national is
sues which are disturbing many
people in this country, such as in
adequate social security benefits,
restrictive labor legislation, and the
need for health insurance. In each
case we must face the fact that the
fault lies within ourselves, not in
our elected representatives in Con
gress, that we are not getting the
kind of government we want.
“We cannot get the kind of gov
ernment we want by not voting.
That way we get the kind of gov
ernment other people want.”
Mr. Meany decried the fact that
the vast majority of the American
people are “inclined to take their
precious citizenship for granted”
and have neglected both the pri
vileges and obligations of such
citizenship. He decfared:
“Perhaps the highest privilege of
American citizenship is the right
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Trenton Local To Assess
Albany Printers Win
$13 Wage Increase
$2.00 PER YEAR
Members for Absenteeism/
At heal Union Meetings
Trenton, N. J.—Local 45 held a very good meeting Sept.
24 but still the majority of our members do not seem to care /J
wiutt happens. The majority knew a resolution had been in
trod, ed to make attendance once a month compulsory, with
tho alternative of paying $1.00 dues instead of 50 cents and
still they were not interested enough to do anything about it,
so we take it is quite all right with them.
The resolution passed by a large majority and will go
into effect on Nov. 1st. We have long talked of some such
move and we hope it will have
Pottery Guild On
Coast Signs Pact
With Brotherhood
the desired effect of increasing
attendance at our meetings, espec
ially so among our younger mem
bers, many of whom could not give
up one evening to be initiated but
asked to be excused as soon as that
ceremony was over. Be a sport and
a real brother and either turn up
or pay up as in spite of criti i no
one had a better solution to offer.
President Rafalowski and his
committee will doubtless have lots
of work on their hands so do not
make it harder by kicking or en
couraging others to kick. Remem
ber, the time and place for all com
plaints was at our last meeting
and if you were not there to do
your share it cannot be helped.
Do you ever think of what the
President and some others do ab
solutely gratis present almost
every meeting a 8 well as time spent
in the shop after hours. It be
hooves each and every one of us
to give this new addition to our
by-laws a fair trial.
Presi -h nt Rafalowski is back at
work l! owing two weeks illness.
During nis absence President
Fred Stevenson and Bro. George
Smith presided at our weekly ses
Bros. Paul Martin and Wallace
Poole were reported on the sick
Bro. Al Davies reported $40.00
was collected for the McKinley
Hospital. The sum would have been
much Jrat had coH^Mm» biegg.
made in all departments?
The shop committee was instruc
ted to make a canvass for the Sis
ter Kenny Polio Foundation who
now has a hospital in Jersey City
from which no one is turned away
for financial or other reasons. We
hope there will be a generous re
sponse to this worthy cause.
The Community Chest is asking
10 cents a week from us this year
and this matter.will be uf for con
sideration soon. Also a talk by one
of their representatives if you re
quest it.
There is so much that could ba
done if we had enough interested
members to do the work entailed.
We hope this will soon be the case.
—O.C. 45
Meany Appeals To Workers
To Register, Vote This Year
to vote in a free election. That is
also the highest obligation of citiz
enship. Upon the right to vote and
the free exercise of that right, rests
the whole foundation of our system
of self-government If our citizens
fail to vote, democracy is bound to
become a deed ^letter. Instead of
self-government, instead of major
ity rule, we would then have rule
by the minority.
“That is exactly what happened
in the 1946 elections. Only one
third of the citizens of this coun
try who were qualified to vote took
the trouble to go to the polls and
cast their ballots. They just could
n’t be bothered, or they weren’t suf
ficiently interested.
“Let’s see what happened as a
result. In 1946 a new Congress—
the 80th Congress—was elected to
office by one-third of the voters of
America. That Congress was en
trusted with the vital responsibility
of transforming our nation from a
wartime to a peacetime basis. For
the past two years, that Congress
has been passing new laws which
govern all the American people. It
has reversed many governmental
policies which had been in effect for
more than a decade and it has
adopted new policies which effect
the daily lives of every one of us.”
Warning against the menace of
Communism which threatens world
peace and this nation’s security, the
LLPE spokesman said that voting
is not only a privilege, “but a pat
riotic duty which cannot be shrug
ged off without peril to the future
of our democracy.”
“It comes down to this,” Mr.
Meany declared. “The security of
the American way of life depends
upon the vitality of American citiz
ens. The price of continued free
dom and democracy is good citizen
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