THE CHARLOTTE LABOR JOURNAL
AND DIXIE FARM NEWS
Published at Charlotte, North Carolina
H. A. SUlla, Editor and Publisher W. M. Witter. Associate Editoi
Entered aa second-claas mail matter September 11, 1931, at the
(Poet Office at Charlotte, N. C., under the Act of Congress ©.
March 3, 1879.__
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1949 Convention Call
To All Affiliated Unions Greetings:
You are hereby notified that, in pursuance of the Consti
tution of the American Federation of Labor, the 68th Con
vention ,of the American Federation of Labor, will be held
in the Civic Auditorium, St. Paul, Minn., beginning at 10
o’clock Monday mornng, October 3, 1949, and will continue
in session from day to day until the business of the Con
vention shall have been completed. *
Once again we convene in annual convention—four years
after the termination of World War II—moved by feelings
of uncertainty and increasing disappointment. Workers
everywhere are asking why, following such a long period
of time, no substantial progress has been made in the nego
tiation of an international agreement providing for inter
national peace and security. The facts seem to make it
clear that failure to arrive at an international agreement
is due to the negative, antagonistic and selfish policy of
Soviet Russia. Apparently the Russian government seeks
to extend and expand Communist control over certain na
tions of Europe, Asia and elsewhere throughout the world.
The fight, therefore, for international peace and security
il supplemented by a fight against the aggression of Rus
sia and its Communist philosophy.
We want world peace, but we want it to be based upon
the principles of freedom, democracy and liberty. This is
sue must be faced courageously and in a spirit of determi
nation that the free people of no nation shall be forced to
accept communism and Communist control against their
As we meet in this historic convention, labor throughout
the nation is conscious of the fact that our enemies are
seeking to destroy, weaken,; and if possible wipe out our
trade union movement through the enactment of vicious,
reprehensible antilabor legislation. As a result, the fight
ing spirit of the workers has been aroused as never before.
That fact was reflected in the election which was held last
November. The record shows that unity of thought and
action was developed to a high degree among working men
and women and their friends everywhere. This flght against
anti-labor legislation is still on. For that reason those
in attendance at this convention will formulate policies de
signed to win victories for labor both on the political anil
economic field. Social security and health insurance legisla
tion, federal aid for education, minimum wage legislation
and other social justice and security legislation will and
must command the attention of the officers and delegates
in attendance at this convention.
Our purpose is to bring about the realization of the hopes
and aspirations of labor, to seek to establish a standard of
living commensurate with the requirements of American
citizenship. We cherish the principles of freedom, liberty,
idemocracy and justice as a common heritage to be pre
served at any cost and transmitted to future generations.
In conformity with the record made by previous conven
tions, those in attendance at this 68th Annual Convention
of the American Federation of Labor will make a genuine
Contribution toward the realization of this great objective.
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