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Hoffa Calls for Labor March on Washington

Jan. 29, 1963 - James R. Hoffa (pictured last month), president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, called today for a labor march on Washington to wage a “battle for survival” against legislation he said is designed to destroy the working man’s rights. In a two-hour speech in Lansing, Mich., before 200 officers of building trades unions, Mr. Hoffa said his union would back an effort to get hundreds of thousands of unionists to converge on the capital in March. He described proposed legislation introduced in Congress to regulate the organization of labor unions and their collective bargaining as “garbage” and its sponsors as “bums.” “Let me say there will be no labor unions if this legislation goes through,” he said. “This is survival — either survival or the destruction of those who cannot fight.”


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