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St. Louis Post Office Charged with Bias

June 30, 1935
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involved were particularly active.

“At a conference called in September which all substitutes were compelled to attend, Postmaster Jackson is alleged to have cast aspersions on the Jewish race and to have called active members of the N.A.S.P.O.E. ‘rats.’

“Meanwhile in October Mr. Ballard appeared in behalf of Mr. Hill. While no official decision was ever announced, the charges were dropped and Mr. Hill received an appointment as a regular worker.


“However, badgering of the Jewish members of the Substitutes’ Association continued. Finally, in November, charges were made against Mr. Bronstein, in December against Mr. Raban, and in March against Mr. Rosen. All three have been removed from the service.

“It is our conviction that the vague accusations against the men such as ‘conduct unbecoming a postal employe’ would not stand up in a fair and open hearing. Their dismissal has been justified on the ground dear to union-smashing reactionary private employers, that they were trouble-makers. However, we are convinced that these men were dismissed because they were Jews and were active organizers for the N.A.S.P.O.E.

“Typical of the attitude of the Post Office in these cases was its pat refusal to permit Attorney Ballard to copy affidavits for the Rosen case which he had filed with the Department in handling the Hill appeal.

“Postmaster General Farley must share with Postmaster Jackson of St. Louis responsibility for an anti-labor, anti-Jewish attitude. Once again we urge the Postmaster General to authorize arbitration of the cases by an impartial body such as the labor board to be set up under the Wagner Labor Disputes Bill.”

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