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Close A Busy
Miami—The’ Executive Council
of the American Federation of
Labor closed one of it* busiest
meetings in years with the adop
tion of a 1949 legislative program
headed by repeal of the Taft
Before adjourning, the council
took action on a situation in Can
ada in which Communists have
been permitted to become potent
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PRESIDENT C. A. FINK may be seen standing in the audi
ence addressing some of the delegates representing the North
Carolina Building Trades Council at the meeting held in Char
lotte Sunday, February 13. The picture was taken while several
committees were out in adjoining committee rooms to the regret
of the cameraman and The Journal. At any rate, it *»« snapped
just a short time before the business session was resumed and
the meeting adjourned, which was in our favor, for the session
lasted several hours with no intermission for “chow” and those
boys were headed for the eating places when we gathered up
our tools and left.
in the Trades and Labor Con
gress. In addition, the AFL lead
ers endorsed the recommendations
of a joint committee of the fed
eration and tha. Inter-American
Confederation of Workers in re
gard to “local rate" employes in
the Panama Canal Zone.
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The council reiterated that the
AFL intends to concentrate its
efforts in tl»e current session of
Congress on the drive to remove
the Taft-Hartley Act from the
“We favor outright repeal of
the Taft-Hartley Act.” the coun
cil said, “with simultaneous re
enactment of the National Labor
Relations Act (Wagner Act).”
The council said it woultj also
urge Congress to repeal the
Hobbs and Lea Acts, also directed
against organized labor.
The council made it clear, how
ever, that while the AFL will
fight Jo erase the Taft-Hartley
Act and the other anti-labor stat
utes, “this should not obscure the
fact that there are many other
major planks in the federat on’s
legislative program which vitally
affect the interests of American
workers and for which we will
Among the subjects embraced
ini the legislative program were
foreign policy, national defense,
inflation control, housing, social
justice, Labor Department and
After receiving documentary
and oral testimony on the dis
pute between the officers of the
Canadian Trades and Labor Con
gress and various international
representatives of AFL unions in
Canada, the council found that
the evidence “discloses a shocking
picture of the influence wielded
by the Communists in Canada in
the affairs of the Trades and La
“The Executive Council is ex
tremely desirous of maintaining
the fine relationship that the AFL
has had with the Trades and La
bor Congress of Canada for many
years,” a council statement said.
“We wish to state very em
phatically, however, that this can
only be achieved on the basis of
the tried and true principles that
have characterized free trade un
ionism on this continent during
the last century.
“We will not and cannot accept
a solution to our difficulties which
in any way represents a compro
mise with the Communsits.”
The council, in a statement on
the Canal Zone situation, said a
report submitted by Anthony
Mats and Serafino Romauli “clear
ly indicates that in the last few
years considerable progress has
been made in bettering the condi
tions of the local rate employes." j
However, a great deal still
needs to l>e done, the council as
“The AFL finds that local rate
employes are paid wattes that
do not permit them to live in ac
cordance with the minimum stan
dard of livintt advocated by the
American labor movement,” said
the council’s statement.
The council recommended adop
tion of a series of needed cor
rective measures and suggested
to all affiliated international un- ;
ions having jurisdiction over lo
cal rate workers that they “ini
tiate organizational drives for the
purpose of extending the protec
tion of trade unionism to all em- :
ployes of the Canal Zone who fall
under their respective jurisdic
U. S. POPULATION RISKS;
TOTAL PUT AT 118.000,000
Washington. — The Bureau of
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end, roughly 12.5 per cent higher
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