Walter Reuther Quotes (5 quotes)
“There's a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.”
Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of the United Auto Workers, Vol. 22 (1970)
“Labor is not fighting for a larger slice of the national pie. Labor is fighting for a larger pie.”
Writing in The New Republic, Vol. 114 (1946)
“Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions.”
―William O. Douglas
Dissenting, United States v. Wunderlich, 342 U.S. 98, 101 (1951).
“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”
Reported in Vince Lombardi, Jr., What It Takes to Be #1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership (2003), p. 105.
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWalter Reuther
Born: September 1, 1907
Died: May 9, 1970 (age 62)
Bio: Walter Philip Reuther was an American labor union leader, who made the United Automobile Workers a major force not only in the auto industry but also in the Democratic Party in the mid 20th century. He was a socialist in the early 1930s becoming a leading liberal and supporter of the New Deal coalition.