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May 18, 1957

REPORT TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS

JAMA. 1957;164(3):325-328. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980030016030
Abstract

In January, 1956, the directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States adopted a resolution on continued Chamber participation in the International Labor Organization. The board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers did likewise in February, 1956. Both resolutions made clear that future participation in the ILO was contingent upon future developments. For example, the NAM resolution reads, "If no change for the better in the activities and structure of the ILO is effected in the course of the 1956 sessions, the NAM will withhold its participation in the nomination of members for the 1957 delegation."

Has any "change for the better" been effected during the 1956 ILO sessions? This report is submitted in answer to that question.

Major Issue  The major issue before the ILO in 1956 is increased communist participation. The issue is in fact broader than communism, as it embraces socialism and nationalization of industry as well. It so overshadows other considerations that this report will be limited to that subject.

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