We have all read and heard, these last two years, a good deal about labor racketeering. Much of the recent interest in this problem resulted from the investigations conducted during 1958 and 1959 by the McClellan Committee. This investigation served a useful purpose. It exposed the activities of union officials who broke faith with their own membership, and with the community at large. It also served to remind us that no leader of government, business, or labor is so big or so powerful that he cannot be made to account for his actions before the elected representatives of the people.
The question is: what legislation will best guard against such abuses in the future?
Most of these abuses have involved practices within certain unions which have not only violated the public interest but the interests of union members themselves. Thus the essential guideline to effective legislation must be to provide for more control by union members of their own unions. Union leaders must be responsible to union members, reporting on the conduct of the union's business and on the spending of union funds. Union members, in turn, must have control over their leaders through procedures which provide for free and fair____________________
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