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Facing the Facts
With PHILIP PEARL
Adolph Hitler wiped organized la
bor off the face of Germany but
he has not rendered it extinct.
This was revealed to the Executive
Council oft he American Federation
of Labor last week at its session in
Miami by Frederick Stampfer, for
mer Berlin editor and member of the
Reichstag, who is now an exile from
his native land because of his connec
tion with the German trade-union
Mr. Stampfer told about the dark
days of the Nazi putsch when union
offices were raided, their property
and records confiscated and their
leaders dragged off into concentra
tion camps where they were executed
immediately or condemned to a slow
death by brutal forms of torture.
But some of the men escaped and
today they are carrying on their work
from Paris, from Copenhagen, from
Switzerland and other havens safe
from Hitler’s avenging arm. They are
spreading the truth about labor con
ditions in Germany—the pitifully low
wages, the insufferably long hours
and the forced labor which German
workers are compelled to endure un
der the Nazi regime.
Mr. Stampfer, who is conducting
such information work in this country
in behalf of the German trade-union
movement, also revealed that the truth
is quietly being spread among the
workers in Germany to confound Hit
ler’s lying propaganda. He appealed
for the aid of the American trade
union movement, as represented by
the American Federation of Labor, in
this campaign. It was quickly assur
ed. The council instructed President
Green to issue a call to all American
Federation of Labor unions to con
tribute to this worthy cause.
CAN IT HAPPEN HERE?
It would seem that conditions which
prevail in Germany and other totali
tarian States could never happen in
this country. , But there are signs
that this may be a somewhat over
confident attitude. The Executive
Council issued a solemn warning last
week that the present policy of the De
partment of Justice in invoking the
anti-trust laws against American Fed
eration of Labor unions is a step in
the direction of Government control
of organized labor.
The Council pointed out that the
Clayton Act which was adopted in
1914 clearly exempted farm and la
bor organizations from the provisions
3f the anti-trust laws. Yet in the last
few months the Department of Jus
tice has obtained twelve indictments
against thirty-five American Federa
tion of Labor unions charging viola
tion of the antitrust laws.
In the Council’s statement it was
explained that Mr. Thurman Arnold,
the Assistant Attorney General who
is in charge of the prosecution, is at
tempting to define what are and what
are not the legitimate functions of a
labor union and is seeking to make
unions conform to his personal speci
If he is permitted to get away with
this arbitrary and high-handed game,
how far off is Government control of
Fortunately, however, the Ameri
can Federation of Labor is powerful
ly equipped to resist Mr. Arnold’s ef
forts to place organized labor under
the thumb of the Federal Govern
ment. The Council announced the is
sues involved will be carried to the
highest court of the land and if the
Supreme Court’s ruling is adverse,
Congress will be asked to amend the
anti-trust laws again.
It is amazing how tricky lawyers
can twist and misinterpret simple, dec
larative English. The Clayton Act
was passed in 1914 at the insistence of
organized labor because the courts had
seen fit to permit prosecution of la
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Samuel Gompers and his
a tea. They deliberated together and
choaa language which nurd perfect
ly dear even to a layman. Thsor draft
ed a law which declared that the la
bor of human beings is not a commod
ity and which provided in so many
words that the anti-trost laws did not
apply and most not be applied to la
bor and farm organizations. They
thought their work well done and
when the Clayton Act was overwhelm
ingly adopted by Congress and signed
by the President, Gompers hailed it as
the “Magna Charts” of labor. Yet
look what the lawyers are doing with
If this were a sincere move by the
Department of Justice, the American
Federation of Labor might be less re
sentful. But there is no question of
doubt that the whole campaign was
inspired by some of the C. i. O. “mas
ter minds’’ with the aid sseistann
of fellow travelers in the Administra
As the Executive Council said, it is
noteworthy that all of the indictments
to date are against A. F. of L. unions.
Not a single C. I. O. union was inves
tigated or indicted despite the sit
down strikes, the stay-in qtrikes, the
n’ kies and the seizure of cities by
-controlled C. I. 0. unions. Dur
ing all that time the Department of
Justice never intervened.
The Council also reminded the pub
lic that the first batch of indictments
against A. F. of L. building trades
unions coincided with the C. I. O.
drive to invade that field.
As a clincher, the Council revealed
that Mr. Arnold is having tbe Fed
eral Government intervene as a
“friend of the court” to defend the
position of a C. I. 0. union against
which judgement for $700,000 dam
ages was found under the anti-trust
laws because it wrecked the property
°f ,t*1.e. . Hosiery Company in
Philadelphia in the course of a sit
Mr. Arnold sees fit to indict A. F.
of L. unions and defend a C. I. O.
union in cases with thes ame issues
involved i A pretty picture, indeed.
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