Labor: At Last, a Chance for Negroes

Perhaps the most important thing for black Americans is to find more and bet ter jobs; one of the biggest barriers has been raised by conservative labor unions. For years, U.S. building trade unions — notably bricklayers, carpenters and plumbers — have operated like me dieval guilds. Jealously reserving ap prenticeships for sons or friends of members, the construction unions have almost totally excluded Negroes. In many cities, the number of unionized — and highly paid — Negro craftsmen can be totaled with one or two digits.

Last week, after not-so-subtle pressure from Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz, 1 8 building...

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