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There had been a lot of corruption in the union, as a matter of fact. It was just a very bad and weak outfit.

So I conceived the idea, and I talked with Green about this, that we must demonstrate to the public, and to the labor community as well as to the general public, that labor's interests were going to be taken into consideration in all these codes. I therefore suggested that he, William Green, should sign this code as speaking for the steel workers. It couldn't be said that he was representing them, because he was not the representative of the Amalgamated Steelworkers, or of any steel workers. He had no relation to them. But speaking for labor the president of the American Federation of Labor would sign the code request, just as the head of the employers' committee would sign it. Green agreed very readily to that.

So the code was all prepared. I had been working with the members of the code committee. Certainly Myron Taylor was on it. I'm not sure that William Irwin, the president of U.S. Steel, was on the committee, but I talked to him about it anyhow. I had worked with Myron Taylor, who was Chairman of the Board of U.S. Steel by this time. Eugene Grace was also on the committee, as was Tom Girdler of Republic Steel. There was also a very clever young lawyer from New York, whose name I can't remember now, who was on the committee

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