LABOR: Welders' Woes

A handful of West Coast welders packed their bags last week and got ready to depart for Hawaii. They figured that it was the only way out of their pickle.

For years, almost since welding became a major tool of modern construction, welders have had peculiar troubles. They are generally migrant workers. The A.F. of L. has never granted them an autonomous union. They have been forced to join whatever A.F. of L. union had jurisdiction over the job they happened to be working on.

Consequently, a welder's memberships would read like a partial roster of A.F. of L. craft unions:...

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