Lewis Loses the CIO

Klein, Michael
December 1941
New Republic;12/1/41, Vol. 105 Issue 22, p722
Focuses on John L. Lewis, chairman of Congress of Industrial Organization. Design of Lewis that became the line of United Mine Workers' officialdom; Statement that as time and brooding served Lewis to fill out the concepts of his own destiny, his union's disconnection from the rest of organized labor became more apparent; Decline in the strength of the labor union; Fact that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and National Recovery Administration gave Lewis his chance to rebuild his union; View that Lewis regarded the U.S. President's competition for leadership of the country's underprivileged; Statement that the big centrist unions in autos, rubber, aluminum, glass and. other mass-production industries were beginning to see that their future lay in government collaboration, that their lives depended on national defense; Emancipation of the ClO from Lewis' domination delivered it into the hands of his co-worker of thirty years standing, Phil Murray, vice president of CIO.


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