I. Philip Sipser

Wednesday, November 18, 1959

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Jay Nelson Tuck moderates. He describes the previous year's dispute between George Meany and A. Philip Randolph at the annual AFL-CIO meeting.

I. Philip Sipser, labor lawyer and Chairman of the Waterfront Committee of the Urban League of Greater New York, is the guest.

Panelists include Mike Wall, Barbara Benmolche, Ethel Riley, Mark Gerrity, James Cardinal, Charles Rosema.


Sipser does not believe legislative action is required to protect jobs, but does believe that the commission must use it's investigative rights.
Sipser describes how the waterfront hiring system worked in the past - based on the whims of the hiring boss. A law called the Waterfront Compact was put in place under Dewey, which eliminated the hiring agent - called the "shape up" method of hiring. Now instead of the hiring agent standing in the street, he comes into the hiring hall run by the states of New York and New Jersey. Though this has eliminate a great deal of corruption, the continuance of the the shape up method has continued racial discrimination because the hiring agents do not choose negro longshoremen. He and the Urban League recommend a hiring rotation.

Discussion of privately owned piers. He puts responsibility on the industry - both management and the union.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72079
Municipal archives id: LT8844


Barbara Benmolche, James Cardinal, Mark Gerrity, Ethel Riley, Charles Rosema, I. Philip Sipser, Jay Nelson Tuck and Michael B. Wall


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