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What Great Men Think About Unions
“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of the right to join the union of their choice.”
“If I went to work in a factory, the first thing I’d do
would be to join a union.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”
“The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few (born) to ride them…”
“The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”
–John F. Kennedy
The United States Government Wants You to Join A Union
“Long ago we stated the reason for labor organizations. We said that they were organized out of the necessities of the situation; that a single employee was helpless in dealing with an employer; that he was dependent ordinarily on his daily wage for the maintenance of himself and family; that if the employer refused to pay him the wages that he thought fair, he was nevertheless unable to leave the employer and resist arbitrary and unfair treatment; that the union was essential to give workers opportunity to deal on
equality with the employer. ”
–Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughs, of the Supreme Court of the United States, in NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., 301 U.S. 1 at 33.