Hear! Hear! and Hurrah!!!
From American Industries
An empty coal bin in the factory is preferable to the surrender of the sovereignty of our Government to a little group of wilful leaders in the coal strike, is the declaration contained in an open letter by Stephen C. Mason, President of the National Association of Manufacturers, sent out on Thursday, December 4. to the several thousand members of that organization in every section of the United States.
Mr. Mason declares that “the coal strike has now become purely an issue between the Goevrnment of the United States and the coal miners’ unions as to which is supreme.” In order that the loyal and patriotic manufacturers of the country should not aid or abet the “policy of savage coercion which the miners’ union leaders have deliberately adopted,” Mr. Mason urges the factory managers and operators to “refrain from embarrassing the Government authorities by making requests for liberal rations of coal.”
This is the time to make America safe for Americans, says Mr. Mason, who epitomizes the challenge of the leaders of the mine workers as, give us what we demand or we will not mine a single ton of coal or permit others to do so, even if the people freeze and transportation and industry cease!
Manufacturers will cheerfully accept any financial loss incident to closing down their plants or curtailing operations, declares Mr. Mason, rather than encourage in any way the policy of coercion which the miners’ union leaders have adopted.
We therefore urge upon manufacturers, as a wise and patriotic course, strict economy in the use of fuel and heartiest co-operation with the Government and the Fuel Administration in meeting and overcoming the serious situation now confronting the country as a result of the revolutionary tactics of the miners’ leaders.
An Open Letter to Members
“In this critical hour of our national existence,” says President Mason’s letter to the manufacturers, “when a small group of wilful men, in control of the miners’ unions, presume to set themselves up as more powerful than the Government of the United States and to regard their personal interests as being more important than the health, safety and prosperity of the American people, it is time for all loyal American manufacturers and good citizens to stand solidly behind the Government to safeguard our institutions of law and order.
“The coal strike crisis which now confronts the nation, threatening suffering, sickness, and distress for people in their homes, curtailment of operation, or shutting down of manufacturing plants, paralysis of transportation facilities, with an inevitable loss in wages and throwing out of employment of hundreds of thousands of loyal and law abiding American workers, presents an acid test of our American faith and belief in our representative form of Government.
“The coal strike is now purely an issue between the Government and the miners’ unions as to which is supreme. No other issue is involved. The courts of the United States have spoken and they have been insidiously and covertly defied by a handful of leaders in the mine workers’ organization. The Government of the United States, through its Executive Department, has also spoken and its authority is flouted and disobeyed. Determined to impose their will and enforce their demands, the coal strike leaders have thrown dowm the gauntlet to constituted government.
“The arrogant and high-handed challenge of the leaders of the mine workers, in effect is, give us what we demand or we will not mine a single ton of coal or permit others to do so, eevn if the people freeze and transportation and industry cease.
“I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of our several thousand manufacturers in every line of industry, embraced in the membership of the National Association of Manufacturers when I say that we will cheerfully accept limited rations of coal for our factories, we will bear any financial loss that may be incidental to curtailing or closing down the operations of our plants, at the same time earnestly endeavoring to avoid wholesale laying off of our employes, rather than directly or indirectly aid or abet the policy of savage coercion which the miners’ union heads have deliberately adopted in their effort to force the Government of the United States to surrender its sovereignty to them.
“THE PROSPECT OF AN EMPTY COAL BIN EITHER IN OUR HOMES OR AT OUR FACTORIES, NO MATTER HOW SERIOUS OR FARREACHING THESE PRIVATIONS MAY BE, IS NOT AS IMPORTANT TO US AS LIBERTY LOVING CITIZENS OF A FREE REPUBLIC AS AMERICA.”