Canadian Labor Leaders Accept Invitation from Histadrut Official to Visit Israel

Yeruham Meshel, secretary general of Histadrut, met here today with Louis Laberge, president of the Quebec Federation of Labor and John Morris, president of the Canadian Labor Congress, with a view to strengthening the ties between the Canadian labor movement and Israel’s organized labor movement. Meshel invited the labor leaders to visit Israel and both Laberge and Morris said they would do so in the near future. They also examined the possibility of extending the exchange of experience of one country to another by an exchange of qualified workers.

Meshel was scheduled to arrive in New York later today on his first official visit to the United States since being elected head of the Israel labor federation. Meshel has been invited by George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, to attend a meeting of the General. Council of the AFL-CIO in Chicago Aug. 5. He is also scheduled to visit Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Auto Workers, in Detroit Aug. 7.

A reception for Meshel will be given by the National Committee for Labor Israel at the Waldrof-Astoria Hotel Thursday. Meshel is also scheduled to meet with the Trade Union Council for Histadrut at the New York Hilton Hotel Aug. 8 and with leaders of the Israel Histadrut Campaign which begins Oct. 1. He will also be received by Mayor Abraham Beame at City Hall Aug. 8. Meshel, an expert on industrial labor relations, is expected to describe Israel’s economic and social problems during his stay here.

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