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    JD Jr appeared before Hse of Rep Com, steadfastly maintaining that his Colorado officers could handle the strike just fine w/o any input from him.

    Rep Foster: But the killing of  these people, the shooting of children...And you are willing to go on and let these killings take place-men losing their lives on either side, the expenditure of large sums of money, and all this disturbance of labor-rather than to go out there and see if you might do something to settle those conditions?

    JDR Jr: There is just one thing, Mr. Chairman, so far as I understand it, which can be done, as things are at present, to settle this strike, and that is to unionize the camps; and our interrest demands that the camps shall be open camps*, that we expect to stand by the officers at any cost...

    Foster: And you will do that if it costs all your property and kills all your employees?

    JDR Jr: It is a great principle.

    *Of course, by "open camps" he meant non-union. His employees lived in company towns ruled by company guards (gunthugs), and these towns were not actually "open" at all.

    Yet, the "Rockefeller Plan" company union was somewhat of a concession, esp by standards of the day. I doubt that it came from the goodness of his heart, however. His reputation was in tatters after Ludlow. He even hired himself a PR firm to restore his image. He finally put on a pair of overalls and went out to So CO! The newspapers ate it up.

    Solidarity Forever, for the Union makes us strong.-Ralph Chaplin, 1915

    by JayRaye on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:02:12 PM PDT

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