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Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, will
the Senator yield?
Mr. FANNIN. I yield to the distinguished
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
have listened to the distinguished Senator
from Arizona with great interest and
great respect. There are some questions
I would ll.k:e to raise, however, and some
comments which I would like to make.
As far as the NLRB is concerned ln the
Kennecott case, it is my impression that
the President is not holding up that decision
but that it is the NLRB itself
which is doing so.
As far as the President playing Into the
ha.nds of International Communist interests
and the Associated Press dispatch
British and continental Europe operations
have been buying substantial tonnages or
copper from East Germany and the Soviet
Union to replace supplies they have ahlpped
to the United States to take advantage of
high copper prices there during Its 7-month
I should point out that East Germany
produces practically nothing In the way
I have no figures as to what the Soviet
Union has. I do not think it is too substantial.
However, as the Senator indicates
himself in the first paragraph on
page 2, the larger part of the imports
have come from places like Chile, Zambia,
Australia, and Canada, as well.
The Senator also raises the question
with respect to Taft-Hartley and it is a
question which he has been consistently
raising since the start of the strike. The
informat.lon which the administration
has given me, and this bears out what
the Sem:~tor has said, Is that there are
only certain conditions under which
Taft-Hartley can be Invoked, and they
have to do with a national emergency.
I understand the GQvernment at the
present time is getting all the copper it
needs by paying a very high price for it,
far above the 38 cents that was the price
before the strike. Furthermore, the Government
has 259,000 tons of copper-!
do not know whether they are long or
short tons-In the strategic stockpile.
As far as the Taft-Hartley Act is concerned,
if it had been invoked in the beginning
I think it would have been more
effective then than now, but that is a
decision which the President would
make. I make that statement because of
the fact that the companies will have to
dewater the sumps In the shaft mines,
retimber, take care of falling rock, and
do other work to get the shaft mines In
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operation. That would take same time.
Less time would be required in open pits
in States such as Utah, Nevada, and
Montana. We might well face a situation.
however, at the end of 80 days
where no settlement had been reached
and where the strike would again resume.
I do not think the President should be
accused of Inaction because he has been
guided largely by his Secretary of Labor
and Secretary of Commerce and he has
depended on them for advice and counsel.
I must admit I have been to see the
President, I have written to the President,
and I have telegraphed the President
to see if he would not do something
to bring about an end to this ten·ible
st1ike which has lasted so long now, and
is going into the ei~?;hth month, and
there is no end in sight.
I wish to read a telegram which I sent
to the President a week ago Sunday:
FEBRUARY 17, 1968.
Han. LYNDON B. JoHNSON,
The White HotL.,.,,
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT : I am sorely disappointed
and disturbed that the White
House mediation panel seems to have failed
in Its effort!! to settle the seven mouths old
copper strike. It appears that both sides the
union a.nd companies have arrived at an
impasse and are still operating on an arms
length basis and as It Is my under!ltan dlng
that there Is no possibility of other direct
Government Intervention, that the IS6ue
must now be carried a step further. I would
most respectfully request tho.t I! the panel
in fact has !Riled to make progrelll! towards a
settlement, that you give serloW! and persorul
consideration to calling the two sides
together, lock them up in a room and keep
them there until a set-tlement Is achieved.
I make this request because of the hunger,
dlstre.sll and hardship facing over tad on. Tho companies and unions
must be brought together and they both
must get down to bedrock and engage In
serious free collective bargaining.
Sincerely o.nd respectfully yours,
Majority L eader, U.S. Senate.
I omitted one thing. U he will get them
in a room he should not only lock the
door on them until they anive at a settlement,
but he should tlu-ow away the key,
as well. The time for action is now.
I commend the distinguished Senator
from Arizona for his unfailing and unflagging
interest in this strike which
cannot continue and which must be
faced up to now before it is too late.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 44, Folder 13, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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