FOREIGN TRADE: Workers' View

The C.I.O. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which got together only six weeks ago on a labor-management pact, got together again last week. This time, before a House committee, they both plumped for extension of the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act.

The Chamber's Clark Haynes Minor confined himself to a plea for the pacts (i.e. for lowered tariffs), because they have been "beneficial to the U.S." The C.I.O.'s bearded Jacob S. Potofsky, secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Clothing Workers, stole the show with his eloquent argument. Said he:

"Some people say the standard of.living of the American worker will be reduced, if tariffs...

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