Summary of Content: Written at 6:45 PM. Was supposed to go to a meeting at the Union Headquartes in regard to a request for affliation with the SCMWA [State, County and Municipal Workers of America] by the Teachers’ Union. She would rather stay home and think of him. , Refers to the Memorial Day weekend as Decoration Day. , She went to the Executive Board Meeting the night before and had dinner for 50 cents a head at someone’s house. , She is now the Educational Chairman. They discussed the various areas in which the membership needs education. These include: The Smith Connally Anti-Strike Bill; The tax plans; the Community CIO councils, the Spanish Concentration Camp Refugees. While in Washington D.C. representatives of Community CIO Council met with the president [FDR] who discussed prices and rationing with them and said he needed their help in persuading Congress. Congress had refused to meet with them until they heard they had met with FDR., She talked about a sailor who had come to see Congress in session when they were debating the Anti-Poll Tax Bill and had shouted that he was fighting to save democrarcy. The papers printed what he said, not what the Southerners in Congress said., Talks about his health and training and hopes he got the $10 she sent him.
Background: State, County, and Municipal Workers of America [SCMWA] created in 1937 as a branch of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) [CIO] that had strong Communist leanings., Anti-Poll Tax- May 25, 1943 the US House of Representatives passed a bill to abolish the poll tax in the eight southern states where it still existed. The bill was stalled in the Senate., Spanish Loyalists-also known as the Republicans who fought in the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 against Francisco Franco leader of the Nationalists., CIO-Congress of Industrial Organizations, Franklin Rossevelt (FDR) United States President (1933-1945), Smith–Connally Act passed on June 25, 1943, over FDR’s veto.The Act allowed the federal government to seize and operate industries threatened by or under strikes that would interfere with war production, and prohibited unions from making contributions in federal elections.