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LABOR UNIONS

BY A MEMBER

HELEN MAROT

Member of Local 12646 A. F. of L. ; Executive Secretary of the Women's
Trade Union League of New York 1905-1913; Author of “The

Handbook of Labor Literature"

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COPYRIGHT, 1914.

BY
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

Published August, 1914

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THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS

RANWAY, N. .

PREFACE

For several years economists, social workers, and magazine writers have done their part to bring the labor problem, in many of its aspects, before the public for impartial consideration.

I find that the cumulative force of recent labor events has influenced some of these people to discourage the presentation of a point of view which is characterized as distinctly labor. It is not that they fail to recognize that there is a labor point of view, but that militant tendencies within the labor movement have alarmed them.

A one time friend of the labor unions, whose good services had been frequently invoked when an intermediary was needed for the settlement of a dispute between capital and labor, told me it was his opinion that the time had gone by for setting forth the labor point of view. As a friend of labor he intended, he said, to exert his energies in putting a stop to the warfare which had developed. It was not, he said, an understanding of the warfare that was needed, but a suppression.

About the same time I learned from an economist, who had given much time to the study of labor conditions, and had formerly welcomed a full presenta

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