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Subversive Influence in the United Electrical,
Pittsburgh and Erie, Pa.
of Labor Organizations) 54-61322
Communist Penetration and Domination
SUBCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE
RADIO, AND MACHINE WORKERS OF AMERICA
PITTSBURGH AND ERIE, PA.
NOVEMBER 9, 10, AND 12, 1953
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1954
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
WILLIAM LANGER, North Dakota, Chairman ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin
PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada WILLIAM E. JENNER, Indiana
HARLEY M. KILGORE, West Virginia ARTHUR V. WATKINS, Utah
JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Mississippi ROBERT C. HENDRICKSON, New Jersey ESTES KEFAUVER, Tennessee EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois OLIN D. JOHNSTON, South Carolina HERMAN WELKER, Idaho
THOMAS C. HENNINGS, JR., Missouri JOHN MARSHALL BUTLER, Maryland JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
SUBCOMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE INTERNAL SECURITY
ACT AND OTHER INTERNAL SECURITY LAWS
WILLIAM E. JENNER, Indiana, Chairman
PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada
OLIN D. JOHNSTON, South Carolina
TASK FORCE INVESTIGATING COMMUNIST DOMINATION OF CERTAIN LABOR
JOHN MARSHALL BUTLER, Maryland, Chairman HERMA: WELKER, Idaho
PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada
RICHARD ARENS, Special Counsel
REPORT OF THE TASK FORCE INVESTIGATING SUBVER,
SIVE INFLUENCE IN THE UNITED ELECTRICAL, RADIO, AND MACHINE WORKERS OF AMERICA, PITTSBURGH
AND ERIE, PA. (Investigation relative to legislation designed to curb Communist penetration
and domination of labor organizations) Hearings were held in Pittsburgh, Pa., November 9, 10, and 12, 1953, in both executive and public session with respect to subversive influence in various locals of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in district 6 which comprises western Pennsylvania.
The principal points in the testimony are as follows:
(1) Although the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America was expelled in 1949 from the Congress of Industrial Organizations because it "has fallen into the control of a group devoted primarily to the principles of the Communist Party and opposed to the constitution and democratic objectives of the CIO * * ** and although the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America has been repeatedly exposed by various committees of the Congress as Communist-controlled, it is still certified by the National Labor Relations Board as the bargaining agency for several thousand workers in the electrical, radio, and machine fields.
(2) UE District 6 has an estimated 20,000 members in various locals in western Pennsylvania who are employed in vital industrial establishments, including establishments producing defense materials. These 20,000 workers each pay an average of $2 per month to various agencies of the UE (local, district, and international), making a total estimated income from dues of UE in western Pennsylvania of approximately $40,000 per month.
(3) The following persons, all of whom are active in the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in district 6, which comprises western Pennsylvania, were identified by witnesses before the subcommittee as Communists:
John Nelson, president, Local 506, UE.
When interrogated by the subcommittee, each of the above-named persons refused to answer any questions concerning Communist Party membership or Communist Party activity.
(4) The following persons who were formerly active in the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America in district 6,