To The Citizens of Warren:
The undersigned are a committee representing the Republic Steel employes now working in Republic's Warren steel plant.
For three weeks we have been shut up in this plant by CIO pickets. We can't get out to talk to people and so we are putting this advertisement in the Tribune Chronicle to tell our side of the story. This is being paid for by contributions of the men working in the plant.
First of all, let's go back to the time the strike was called. We didn't question the right of the other men to strike if that was what they wanted to do. But we didn't want to strike — we wanted to work. So we decided to keep on working. We had just as good a right to work as the others had to strike.
The next thing we knew the plant was surrounded with men with clubs and brickbats, and nobody dared go in or out of the plant. They even cut off our mail and tried to shoot down the planes that were bringing us food.
It has been like being in a city surrounded by an invading army. We can hardly believe we're still in the United States of America.
We are sure our friends and neighbors in Warren wouldn't do this to us. There are too many honest, decent people in Warren to allow a thing like this to go on, if they had their way. We see a lot of strange faces on the picket line.
What we want to know is, what has happened to the law en¬ forcement officers in Warren? Where are the Sheriff and the Mayor? They know the sort of picketing the CIO is doing is absolutely illegal. They know the picket lines are full of "strong- arm men" from out of town, brought in here to beat honest workers over the head and terrorize their wives and chilc^en.
We hear a lot about the Sheriff "keeping the peace"—but that isn't what he's doing. He's keeping a war. If he did his duty, he would enforce the law and clean out this gang of pickets and agi¬ tators like they did in Monroe.
We're tired of being held prisoners by a CIO mob. We want to see our families again. All we ask are our rights under the law. We call on the Mayor and the Sheriff to protect us in the right to work and the right to go to and from our homes as free men in a free country.
And if the Sheriff and the Mayor haven't got the guts to do the job for which they were elected, we call upon the people of Warren to rise up and demand that we get protection of our rights as American citizens and that this CIO siege be brought to an end.
JOHN F. ZELLER GEORGE THOMAS ED HOWELL WALTER W. DUTTON H. R. STROTHERS
S. J. ROYAL ROY T. MASTERSON JOHN BLAIR JAMES S. KEENER HUBBARD E. BROWN C. S. DEVLIN
Representing Republic Steel employees now working in Republic's Warren steel plant.
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