Unites States Labour leader George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO labour movement yesterday (19 August) issued the strongest challenge so far to President Nixon's 90-day economic freeze.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): MEANY: " We have absolutely on faith in the ability of President Nixon to successfully manage the economy of this nation for the benefit of the majority of its citizens. Therefore we call upon Congress to assert control over the economy, to provide an effective, equitable and enforceable economic stabilisation programme, and to reject any and all administrational proposals the would benefit only one sector of the economy at the expense of all the others. So when the freeze expires -- and it won't expire in November, I'll tell you that -- when it does expire, whenever it does, the unions are going to say to their employer, mister, we want that money you took from us. We want that money that you promised us, that you agreed to give us, and they're going to look for new contracts that will get them that money. We are not advocating defiance, we're just saying we will not co-operate that's all. Now if they can put this thing over without our co-operation, I suppose they'll put it over".
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Background: Unites States Labour leader George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO labour movement yesterday (19 August) issued the strongest challenge so far to President Nixon's 90-day economic freeze.
Mr Meany stopped short of recommending defiance of lawful orders, but suggested that if members found they had suffered losses on contractual arrangements, they should regard them as nullified by the President of the United States and press for new negotiations at the earliest opportunity.
In effect he was stating the price the Administration must expect to pay for the Labour movement's co-operation in the freeze -- guarantee that the unions will not lose any concessions gained in past negotiations.
Mr Meany made his statement after a meeting in which labour leaders questions Labour Secretary Howardson and Budget Director Schultz.