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Jewish Labor Movement Lauded for Its Contributions to American Life

April 30, 1965
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The Jewish labor movement “is one of the currents that has contributed to the great flood of liberalism expressed in the New Deal, the New Frontier and now the Great Society,” a labor leader told a meeting at the Loeb Center of New York University here tonight.

The meeting was sponsored by NYU and the N. Chanin Cultural Foundation of the Workmen’s Circle, Some 500 persons heard that evaluation from Gus Tyler, assistant president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. “Born in the ghettoes at the turn of the century, this movement–composed of Jewish immigrants who conducted their meetings in Yiddish–soon moved into the mainstream of American life, economic, cultural and political,” he said.

He declared the “fervor and idealism” of the movement created leadership not only for its time and for the “great industrial union upheaval in the 1930’s and 1940’s and “tutored still another generation presently in the forefront of white-collar unionism.”

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