A labor bloc, which will organize workers’ groups and individuals for participation in the American Jewish Congress national democratic elections on April 28, was formed at an all-day conference of representatives of Jewish organizations at Central Plaza Hall, it was announced yesterday.
The session was attended by 506 delegates representing 361 organizations. There was also an audience of 500 persons present.
The conference voted that the labor bloc is to function as a unit in all its activities and that delegates elected to the American Jewish Congress convention will continue to function as a unit in the larger body’s deliberations and will adhere to the platform laid down by the bloc.
DISTRICT PARLEYS CALLED
Two groupsâ€”a council comprising one representative of each organization which participated in the all-day session, and an executive body of twenty-five members â€”will direct the bloc’s activities. The council will meet at least once a month, while the executive committee will function between meetings of the council.
District conferences under the auspices of the bloc will be called immediately. Members of the councill will take charge of district committees and conferences, planned for the purpose of nominating delegates to the American Jewish Congress.
Dr. Chaim Zhitlowsky was named honorary chairman of the labor bloc. A praesidium of six named to head the work includes David Abrahams of the Workmen’s Circle, Hyman Blum of Typographical Union No. 83, Louis Segal of the Jewish National Workers Alliance, David Wertheim of the Poale Zion Party, S. Niger and David Pinski.
H. Ehrenreich was named secretary and A. Staff treasurer.