MMT 14 Jun 61 pg 16

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MMT 14 Jun 61 pg 16 - Religious Leaders Ask Improvement Of Work...
Religious Leaders Ask Improvement Of Work Program Washington - (VPS - Protestant, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish re ligious leaders declared Monday Monday that Congress haj an "in escapable moral responsibility" responsibility" to improve the program .under which thousands of Mexican farm warkers are brought into the United States .each year. The unusual joining "dec laration of conscience" was prepared for presentation yesterday yesterday afternoon to the Senate Senate Agriculture Committee, which is holding hearings on the future of the Mexican labor program. The religious leaders said the importation of Mexican labor, started in World War II as an emergency measure. Is holding down the wages of domestic migrant farm workers, workers, who already occupy "the very lowest level of our economy," economy," with annual earnings .of less than $1,000 a year. They urged enactment of a bill by Sen. Eugene Mc- Mc- Carthy (D-Minn.) (D-Minn.) (D-Minn.) which would give the secretary of labor authority to limit the number of foreign workers who may be hired by any one employer, and require that employers first offer jobs to U.S. workers workers at comparable wages. They said these are "minimum "minimum reforms" and that the eventual goal should be elim- elim- 'lnation of the entire Mexican worker importation program, A farmer's cooperative representative representative told the committee committee that extension of the program program would help combat com-munsim com-munsim com-munsim south of the border. The statement was made by Richard T. O'Connell, legislative legislative counsel for the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Cooperatives. O'Connell said that elimination elimination of the program, which brings more than 300,000 braceros to work on U.S. farms each year, would "raise havoc" in Mexico. ag k 1 I 3 J I

Clipped from Medford Mail Tribune14 Jun 1961, WedPage 16

Medford Mail Tribune (Medford, Oregon)14 Jun 1961, WedPage 16
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