Fighting Bureaucratic Inertia, 1956–1960

David Hamilton Golland

in Constructing Affirmative Action

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129976
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135472 | DOI:
Fighting Bureaucratic Inertia, 1956–1960

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In many cases, one would not be able to get a job, particularly in construction sites, if one was not a member of any union. However, one would not be able to become a member without having participated actively in trade. These cases are common to African Americans, which is why they were rarely able to establish steady employment. Although Thomas Bailey was found to be qualified and occasionally employed by Mr. Eugene Ninnie, Bailey could not be employed for the long term because the Union would not allow Negro masons to join and keep the job. Such incidences account for only a small part of a wider pattern of racial exclusion in craft unions. This chapter looks into the challenges faced by various groups, while introducing some of the mainstream labor organizations and civil rights. Also, it examines how these players were able to convince President Eisenhower's committee to enforce decisive action.

Keywords: Thomas Bailey; President Eisenhower; craft unions; Negro masons; trade; construction sites; employment; Union; African Americans

Chapter.  11430 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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