Philip Murray

  • Ballad of the Participant Observer in a Deviant Subculture

  • A Little Book of Hours

  • The Gap Between Prices and Wages

    In this and the following article the Atlantic examines one of the most difficult of our domestic issues: the crucial balance between wages and profits. To the new world of Labor Relations, PHILIP MURRAY has brought the patience and integrity of his Scotch blood. Born in Scotland in 1886, the son of a miner, he was taken to his first union meeting by his father at the age of six, and at the age of ten began to work in the pits. The family emigrated to western Pennsylvania in 1902. Young Murray was naturalized in 1911, elected president of District No. 5 of the Mine Workers in 1916, and appointed to the War Labor Board by President Wilson. He played a leading part in organizing the steelworkers in 1936, and his election to the Presidency of the CIO four years later was characterized by the New York Herald Tribune as a fitting climax to “thirty-six years of progressive conciliatory activity among organized workers.”