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Edwin H. Patterson, Secretary, Pittsburg Trades and Labor Council, presents a resolution by the United Trades and Labor Council, representing the affiliated local unions of the American Federation of Labor (AFL) of Pittsburg (Crawford County), Kansas, to Governor Payne Ratner of Topeka (Shawnee County). The resolution affirms the organization's commitment to democracy and loyalty to the United States government. The resolution denounces "UnAmerican" groups and pledges to cooperate with the government to oppose them. A copy of the resolution was to be sent to the President of the United States and the Governor of Kansas. Labor strikes and collective bargaining activities by trade unions during World War II could be perceived as un-American and labor organizations often reaffirmed their allegiance to the government and to the cause of democracy during this period to counter such negative sentiment. This resolution precedes the United States' entry into the WW II by more than a year.

Creator: United Trades and Labor Council
Date: May 31, 1940

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Item Number: 207814
Call Number: Governor's Records--Ratner, Box 8 Folder 13
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 207814

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