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Social Justice Labor Body Not Limited to Christians, Leader Avers

June 25, 1937
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Reports that the new Workers’ Council for Social Justice will admit only Christians as members have been denied here by Roy A. Irvin, secretary of the organization.

The reports were contained in Father Coughlin’s publication, Social Justice, published in Chicago, which described the new organization as centering around Father Coughlin’s National Union for Social Justice.

Although his publication said the Workers Council was affiliated with the National Union, Father Coughlin, in a telegram to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, said, “I have nothing to do with this organization.”

The J. T. A., on the suggestion of the radio priest, then queried Arthur Nelson, president of the Workers Council, who disclaimed responsibility for the story in the Chicago publication and declared: “The principles are Christian principles. We have invited and welcomed every person within and without industry who agrees with the programme to support it.”

The principles were given in an enclosed full-page advertisement which appeared in the Detroit News of June 13. It spoke of “respon

sibilities of labor” and “responsibilities of capital” and asked for “unionization of labor on a Christian, not a destructive basis.”

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