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    :: Thursday, September 01, 2005 ::

    Political Affairs Magazine - Short Story: One Thousand Dollars – A Thin Slice of My Life - By Karl Dennis, Political Affairs Magazine
    Hoke grew rapidly to more than one hundred employees, who were represented by the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America—better known as UE of the CIO. I was chief steward of this union, which had in its constitution the rule that no official could earn more than the highest paid employee. The union meetings were very democratic and all were encouraged to voice their opinions. Members helped each other to improve educational and technical skills. Wages were frozen (as were prices), so the main job of the union was to represent the workers in their grievances against the company. It was the most democratic union I’ve ever belonged to, and I’ve belonged to many—the Musicians Local 802, IBEW, IUE, and the Carpenters Union in Tucson. Many called UE a communist union, but it really wasn’t.
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