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OF LABOR

HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

UNITED STATES SENATE

SEVENTY-FIFTH CONGRESS

THIRD SESSION

PURSUANT TO

S. Res. 266

(74th Congress)
A RESOLUTION TO INVESTIGATE VIOLATIONS OF THE
RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY AND
INTERFERENCE WITH THE RIGHT OF
LABOR TO ORGANIZE AND BAR-

GAIN COLLECTIVELY

PART 34

“LITTLE STEEL”

Republic Steel Corporation
LABOR RELATIONS POLICY AND PRACTICES

ESPIONAGE AND VIOLENCE
REFUSAL TO SIGN UNION CONTRACT

AUGUST 11, 1938

Printed for the use of the Committee on Education and Labor

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CONTENTS

Testimony of-

Page
Butler, W. Earl, Youngstown, Ohio; captain, Republic Steel Cor-
poration police----

13799
Gilroy, Joseph F., Canton, Ohio; captain, Republic Steel Corpora-
tion police---

13799
Girdler, Tom M., Cleveland, Ohio; chairman, board of directors, Re-
public Steel Corporation..

13778,

13784, 13792, 13796, 13818, 13842, 13860
Jones, Dewey W., Cleveland, Ohio; captain, Republic Steel Cor-
poration police---

13802
Konkowski, Frank, Cleveland, Ohio; former Republic Steel Corpora-
tion employee---

13811
Konkowski, John, Cleveland, Ohio; former Republic Steel Corpora-
tion employee---

13811
McCulloch, Spencer R., St. Louis, Mo.; reporter, St. Louis Post-
Dispatch

13789
Moore, Frank L., Baltimore, Md.; former lieutenant of Republic Steel
Corporation police force in Buffalo, N. Y..

13826

Oldham, Wade H., Birmingham, Ala.; manager, southern division,

Republic Steel Corporation --

13858

Patton, Thomas F., Cleveland, Ohio; general counsel, Republic Steel

Corporation

13777, 13781, 13805, 13829, 13845, 13891

Sodders, Kenneth J., ('lereland, Ohio; Republic Steel Corporation

policeman and former undercover man---

13810, 13818

Todd, George E., Buffalo, N. Y.; captain, Republic Steel Corporation

police----

13839

Torbic, James S., Monroe, Mich. ; supervisor, police department, and

in charge of industrial relations department, Republic Steel Cor-

poration (The Newton Steel Co.)-

13795

Voss, Joseph A., Cleveland, Ohio; director of industrial relations,

Republic Steel Corporation.--

13861, 13885

White, Charles M., Cleveland, Ohio; vice president in charge of

operations, Republic Steel Corporation-- 13781, 13851, 13861, 13877, 13881

Williams, James L., Cleveland, Ohio, superintendent of police, Repub-
lic Steel Corporation---

13795, 13796, 13798, 13841

Thursday, August 11, 1938, a. m.-

13777

Thursday, August 11, 1939, p. m.

13818

Testimony relating to the Republic Steel Corporation.-

13777

Policies and activities of the Republic Steel Corporation.

13777

Formation of the Republic Steel Corporation.--

13778

Activities of Tom M. Girdler, chairman of board of directors,

in forming corporation, and his prior experience--

13778

Financial relationships with other corporations..

13780

Compensation and duties of chairman of the board - 13782

Labor policies of the chairman of the board ----

13785

Experiences at Aliquippa, Pa., with Jones & Laughlin Steel

Corporation

13785

(índition of civil liberties in Aliquippa..

13788

Experience of other officials of the corporation at Aliquippa,

Pa----

13794

Corporation police officials.

13795

Testimony relating to the Republic Steel Corporation—Continued.

Policies and activities of the Republic Steel Corporation-Contd.

Responsibility for antiunion activities of the corporation police

department.

13796

Announced labor policy of the corporation.

13797

Labor espionage

13799

In Cleveland

13802

Instructions against labor espionage..

13819

Functions of the police department (1933-36)

13826

In the Berger strike (1935)

13834

Development of employee-representation plans--

13842

Inauguration

13844

Amount expended by the corporation.

13815

Relations between the corporation and employers' associations - 13847

American Iron and Steel Institute----

13848

National Association of Manufacturers.-

13849

Participation of corporation in reorganization of (1933) - 13849

Committee on employee representation.

13851

Associated Industries of Alabama--

13856

Activities in support of corporation during steel strike

of 1937_-

13857

National Industrial Information Committee of the National

Association of Manufacturers_-

13862

Attitude toward citizens' committees --

13867

Relations between the corporation and Hill and Knowlton.. 13869

Services of George Sokolsky--

13872

Attitude with reference to signing a collective bargaining agree-

ment with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee_

13873

Formulation of the corporation's policy-

13875

Responsibility for the policy.

13878

Attitude before the Federal Mediation Board (1937).

13880

Refusal to make oral agreement with the Steel Workers

Organizing Committee.

13884

Attitude toward the "Little Steel" strike of 1937-

13887

Chicago Memorial Day incident----

13887

Cost of the strike.

13889

Appendix (exhibits 5199-5251) -

13893

NOTE.—References are to pages on which indicated testimony begins.

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