Reuther, Dr. Walter P.
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
The speaker's belief that we can all agree that peace in the world in which we live is an indivisible value and that Canada, the United States or any other part of the world can enjoy peace only if peace is universal. The similar nature of the value of freedom. Human freedom. Social justice. Wishing Mr. Pearson well in Moscow. The speaker's belief that there is no shift in the long range strategy of the communists. An examination of some communist shifting tactics and our need to understand them. The challenge faced in the United States and Canada: our capability as a free people of creating positive peacetime common denominators in which common hopes take the place of common hatreds, in which common faith takes the place of a common fear, so we can develop positive common denominators that will bind us together more firmly. A response. The free labour movement of the world as one of the most important assets that freedom has in this struggle to equate technical progress with human progress. How to fight communism effectively. Some of the principles around which free labour and free management must approach the bargaining table in an effort to find answers to basic problems. On the threshold of the second phase of the industrial revolution. Of what that second phase consists; is this good or bad? A discussion. Posting a number of principles which the speaker thinks ought to influence and guide the attitude of both labour and management at the bargaining table as both search for common answers to challenging problems. Justice won only after bitter and costly strikes: a case in point. Some hard battles fought. The degree of social progress and economic betterment as a reflection of the level of our technology and the productiveness of our economy. Management resisting economic progress and social change and why. The workers' experience in the field of collective bargaining over the past five years: both amusing and encouraging and how this is so. The issue of pensions. The key to our success and the key to our future as the achievement of the economics of abundance on both the production and the distribution end of our economic activity. New ideas as an essential part of the growth of a free society. Achieving economic security without sacrificing our basic political or spiritual freedom.