United Hebrew Trades Marks 40th Anniversary
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United Hebrew Trades Marks 40th Anniversary

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The fortieth anniversary of the founding of the United Hebrew Trades, having eighty-one affiliated Jewish labor unions with a membership of 120,000, was celebrated Saturday night at Carnegie Hall. William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, was the principal speaker.

In a statement issued by Maurice Feinstone, secretary of the organization, he stated: “During the forty years of its existence, the United Hebrew Trades has functioned not merely as a labor body but has operated as an Americanizing and educational influence among the Jewish workers and has endeavored to lift them to a higher plane of citizenship. We have not only helped to organize the cloakmakers, the tailors, the bakers and the leather goods workers, but we also have encouraged them to study the language of their adopted land, its history, its institutions and its culture.”

Greetings to the organization have been received from J. Ramsay MacDonald, former British Labor Prime Minister; Ben Tillett, M. P., head of the British Transport Workers; J. H. Thomas, head of the British Railway Men’s Union; Leon Jouhaux, chief of the French General Confederation of Labor; Peter Grassman, secretary of the German Federation of Trades Unions, and John Sassenbach, secretary of the International Federation of Trades Unions.

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