LABOR: C. I. O. Unwanted

Almost from the day when he scraped up enough money to buy a tin-plate plant, Ernest Tener Weir has fought the national labor unions. He continued to fight them as his tin-plate plant grew into the big Weirton Steel Co. of Weirton, W.Va. and Steubenville, Ohio. His policy was to pay his workers well; frequently he paid better than the rest of the steel industry. The last strike he had was in 1933. He did his bargaining with company unions.

Such a rugged individualist as Republican Ernest Weir was bound to draw the fire and ire of Philip Murray's C.I.O., the...

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