Labor Politics in a Democratic Republic: Moderation, by Vaughn Davis Bornet (auth.)

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Americall Federatiollist, XXIII (November, 1916), 1068. 129 THE PATH OF TRADITIONAL LABOR POLITICS 39 dal" he set off around the San Francisco-Oakland area when he spoke at a luncheon served by "scab" waiters. 28 It is not necessary here to trace the story of the A. F. 's vicissitudes during the course of the war. When it seemed that the United States was about to get involved, in March, 1917, trade union leaders met in conference and issued a public statement on "Labor's Position in Peace or in War" which made it clear that organized labor would support the nation in a war against Germany.

LJ4 James H. Maurer, president, Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor (just returned from Russia at the time) to Tom Mooney, March 22, 1928. Mooney Papers, Bancroft Library, University of California. 95 Alfred Hoffman, "An Analysis of Problems Facing the American Labor Movement in North Carolina," quoted in a Circular Letter of May 7, 1928, A. F. of L. Papers. 24 129 LABOR POLITICSIN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC These had their soothing effect on labor morale. Another factor in union distress was the spread of company unions.

The strong leadership of Gompers in each campaign on behalf of Bryan, Wilson (especially in 1916) and Cox has obscured this point. 13 [gJ THE PATH OF TRADITIONAL LABOR POLITICS 35 ference of 1908 called on Congress to do something about the injunction, and in 1912 Gompers urged President Wilson to do something about the problem. '6 II Samuel Gompers has told in his autobiography how he first viewed Woodrow Wilson with suspicion and later came almost to love hirn. There is little doubt that he was pleased with Wilson's success in 1912, and he gloated over the defeat of Taft, "the injunction judge," dedaiming: " .

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