Workers’ Education-CIO Model
by Mark Starr - 1938
FOUR thousand recruits of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in Cincinnati taking a solemn mass obligation to appropriate music by a labor choir; a union carnival in Tennessee featuring a spitting contest with union-label tobacco as ammunition; taxi drivers on the graveyard shift studying public speaking at 3 a.m.; 400 members of the International Lathes' Garment Workers staging a pageant on the union's history in the St. Louis municipal auditorium; steel workers studying trade union problems in morning and evening classes at Aliquippa, Pa., where previously it was a problem to be a trade unionist and keep alive; "canned" speeches of nationally known leaders for use over local radio stations; unions running their own health centers, sport leagues, songfests, bands and radio programs and branching out in many new ways of publicity -this is workers' education, new in its extent and variety, spreading through the United States. During the present year (1937-38), there will be, at a conservative estimate, over 100,000 workers meeting in weekly study classes and recreational groups.
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