LABOR: Near Thing

In August 1950, Russian-born Ben Gold, president of the Red-dominated International Fur and Leather Workers Union, publicly renounced his 30-year membership in the Communist Party. Soon after, he signed the non-Communist oath, which the Taft-Hartley Act requires of all labor leaders whose unions want the all-important services of the National Labor Relations Board. Last week a federal grand jury in Washington, convinced by the Justice Department that Gold's conversion was no more than skin-deep, indicted him on the charge that he had perjured himself by signing the NLRB affidavit. Had the grand jury delayed one more day the statute...

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