Vladimir Putin

Gompers, Samuel

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Reference to the speech given just a few weeks ago, and also to words of Mr. Gary, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the United States Steel Corporation, published in this morning's papers. The problem of the relations between employers and workers as the problem of the time, the problem of the hour; a universal problem. Meeting to attempt to solve this problem to be around a table, not in the private autocratic offices of a corporation. Deeper and higher principles involved than the legalistic. Considering the worker and how he can have any influence or importance in determining the conditions and wages and hours of employment; only by unity of action. A discussion of the right to be heard by counsel. Responding to Judge Gary. Mr. Attabury's testimony of monies spent to spy upon the men in the employ of his company. The American labour movement and the Canadian labour movement as the most constructive; the only two labour movement in any country which have not their hands upon the throats of their Governments. The speaker's convictions with regard to these movements. What the open shop really means. The Bourbons of 1921. The speaker's challenge to Judge Gary for the selection of a committee, half to be appointed by him, half to be appointed by me, to make an investigation into the affairs of both the U.S. Steel Corporation and the American Federation of Labour. Accusations against unions with regard to attempts to influence elections and the Courts. The right to say, "We will work or we will not work." The Anglo-Saxon original idea of freedom and what it means. A statement presented to the audience, read by Mr. Oyster, the speaker's secretary, such statement being a reply to the principles involved as presented to the audience at the last meeting by the counsel of the National Association of Manufacturers. [The statement is read in its entirety.] The speaker reviews the statement, with explication and comment. The belief that there is a moral obligation among workers to join the unions of their trade or calling. Organized labour and the portion of workers they represent. Responses to criticism of organized labour. Knowing one's rights; aspirations to make for this great common cause of progress and humanity and freedom to develop the spirit of unity, of democracy, of uplift, and of triumph for the spirit of freedom, of righteousness and of justice; these as the fundamental principles upon which the labour movement of American stands.

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