By Kiernan W. Taylor, Robert W. Cherny, William Issel
This assortment addresses the background of yank labour within the postwar years by means of exploring the influence of the worldwide contest among the united states and the Soviet Union on American employees and labour unions.
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Oh, he hated ’em. He hated ’em. Yeah, if we’d had followed Charlie’s idea we’d have really gone a lot stronger than we did. He had a ﬁle on every—it was a government ﬁle—on all these guys. Charlie had a lot of information on [Jandreau]. Charlie gave us a lot of dope. And Charlie did a lot of good for us. He made us aware of a lot of things that were going on, that we didn’t know about, you know. Well, he had built this ﬁle up. I presume he started with—as part of the state police, somewhere. But Charlie LaForge knew everybody in charge of any police all over the 34 Gerald Zahavi country.
And through his contacts, we got to be pretty well-versed in the activities of the security people in Washington, largely the FBI. When Charlie got there it began to mean more. We began to get closer to this thing. Because then Senator Joe McCarthy got in the act and we began to become sophisticated. I had taken over as Works Manager in ’53, and it was along about the latter part of ’53 that I got a call from a guy, a lawyer, who turned out to be the senator’s counsel. He called me up. I didn’t know him from Adam.
We ﬁnally merged, and that’s how we formed one . . group. We amalgamated our two forces together and split up the ofﬁces, and that’s how Frank Kriss and myself got elected. As a matter of fact, I and Marty and Carmen were expelled from the union in 1947. 11 At that time, we had a maintenance-of-membership clause in the contract, which meant that the company had to ﬁre us. It was a way of ﬁring us from the plant, to get rid of us! That’s why we had to go to court and defend our rights. There was supposed to be a membership meeting scheduled in the latter part of November, where there was to be nomination of ofﬁcers.