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Even when the TWUA won a 1974 election at the large Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, facility, the company refused to bargain in good faith.
Faced with such determined opposition, the TWUA decided to launch the first "corporate campaign," though the term had not yet been coined.
In 1950, the TWUA's Political Action Committee tried to convince Floyd County voters to oust Judge H.
The strength of this view was such that the TWUA often bowed to local prejudices.
Another factor in the failure of the TWUA was the structure of the textile industry.
That is, like Americans everywhere, they based their standard of living on installment buying or credit, and their fear of losing their job or living for several weeks without a paycheck during a strike was a basic factor in the failure of the TWUA to succeed in the South.
With the support of the TWUA and foundations such as the Campaign for Human Development of the Catholic Church, Szpak started the first chapter of the Brown Lung Association (BLA) in Columbia, South Carolina in 1974.
The TWUA ostensibly had the know how to deal with a small workplace like Tilco.
Two years later, the TWUA held its first convention.
Its trade union consultant, Ben Segal, who had worked to desegregate public facilities in the District of Columbia, also worked in the South for the TWUA in the 1940s.
The other members of the committee were skeptical of Robinson and the TWUA.
"THE PERIOD BETWEEN 1945 and 1955 was clearly a good one for southern textile workers but a bad one for the TWUA [Textile Workers Union of America]." (199) Thus concludes Timothy Minchin in an important new study of southern textiles.
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