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QUOTATION: I think it is a wise course for laborers to unite to defend their interests.... I think the employer who declines to deal with organized labor and to recognize it as a proper element in the settlement of wage controversies is behind the times.... Of course, when organized labor permits itself to sympathize with violent methods or undue duress, it is not entitled to our sympathy.
ATTRIBUTION: William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Address at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois, September 16, 1909. Presidential Addresses and State Papers of William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909, to March 4, 1910, 1: 192-193, Doubleday, Page & Company (1910).

AUTHOR: Morton Bahr, President, Communications Workers of America
QUOTATION: We are beginning to recognize that it is more important to organize the unorganized than to argue about who will get the workers when they are organized.
ATTRIBUTION: On cooperation in labor negotiations, NY Times 4 May 86

QUOTATION: Taking men into the union is just the kindergarten of their education and every force is against their further education. Men who live up those lonely creeks have only the mine owners’ Y.M.C.As, the mine owners’ preachers and teachers, the mine owners’ doctors and newspapers to look to for their ideas. So they don’t get many.
ATTRIBUTION: Mother Jones (1830–1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 6 (1925). On organizing a chapter of the United Mine Workers in Kelly Creek on the Kanawah River, West Virginia.

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