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Civil Rights Legislation ‘crucial’ in 1960, Says Jewish Labor Group

The American labor movement has made “significant contributions” in the area of civil rights during 1959, according to a year’s end review made public here today by the Jewish Labor Committee’s anti-discrimination department. The department is headed by Charles S. Zimmerman, vice-president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and chairman of the Civil Rights Department of the AFL-CIO.

The 1960 congressional picture, the report warned, “will find civil rights in crucial legislative tests.” According to Mr. Zimmerman, “the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, in which the labor movement plays a paramount role, and which is the coordinating arm for some 50 human rights organizations, will take the offensive within the next few weeks to get a hard-hitting civil rights bill passed at the coming session of Congress. Labor is determined to make civil rights a prims legislative objective.”

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