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Washington Post reports on Local 471 officials’ testimony: 1948 | by Washington Area Spark
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Washington Post reports on Local 471 officials’ testimony: 1948

The Washington Post reports on the testimony of United Cafeteria and Restaurant Workers union Local 471’s president Richard Bancroft and business agent Oliver Palmer before a House Labor subcommittee hearing February 3, 1948.

 

The headline in the context of the burgeoning second Red Scare focuses on union officials’ refusal to answer the question on the grounds that it was irrelevant to the issues that gave rise to the strike.

 

The two officials refused to sign non-communist affidavits as part of a CIO campaign for non-compliance with the Taft-Hartley Act.

 

Palmer ultimately signed in order to obtain federal government intervention in a dispute where Government Services, Inc., the primary provider of federal cafeteria services, was attempting to break the union. Bancroft resigned as union president rather than sign.

 

The 78-day strike ended with Local 471 preserving their union and ultimately obtaining a contract with GSI.

 

For more information and related images, see flic.kr/s/aHsm1ZnVra

 

For a deep dive into the 1948 cafeteria workers strike, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/against-the-cold...

 

The image is part of an article from the February 4, 1948 Washington Post.

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Taken on February 4, 1948