Harry Van Arsdale (1905-1986) was a towering figure in the New York
labor scene. After being initiated into the Local 3 International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1925 and becoming its business
manager in 1933, Van Arsdale turned the then corrupt and
disorganized union into a force to be reckoned with. He became
president of the New York City Central Labor Council in 1957, which
put him in a position to become a greater influence for labor
relations locally and nationally. As business manager and president
of these organizations, Van Arsdale advocated and won shorter work
days, in order to give more men a chance to work - especially
important in the 1930s. He instituted paid vacation, paid holidays,
annuity plans, and educational opportunities for union workers -
novelties at that time - as well as scholarships for workers'
children. His sincere commitment to improving the lives of American
workers and their families made him a truly beloved figure. This
fascinating memoir traces Van Arsdale's sixty-plus years as a union
member and powerful labor figure, and provides colorful details of
his many remarkable accomplishments.
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• Theodore Kheel
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