Special Collections and Archives

Letter to General Marx

Special Collections and Archives

Letter to General Marx

Ohio Steel Strike of 1937

From the Governor's Office

For Release Wednesday Morning, June 23, 1937

Supplemental Orders to Major General Gilson D. Light, In Charge of State Troops in the Strike Area, Transmitted through the Adjutant General, General Emil F. Marx

June 22, 1937

In view of the order of the common pleas court, Trumbell County, limiting and regulating picketing at the steel mills now operating, granting the right of the workers in those mills to go to and from their homes without molestation, and ordering the free ingress and egress of railroad traffic, it is hereby ordered that the State troops assist the local peace officers in carrying out the terms of this court order. It is our urgent request that no effort be made to increase the number of employees at work during the deliberations of the Federal Mediation Board, but the State troops shall not interfere with the local peace officers in discharging any duties required of them by the order of the court.

It is expected that the work of the Federal Mediation Board will be concluded within a few days. It is our purpose to help maintain existing conditions during this brief period, to cooperate with local peace officers in handling the problems of the strike situation, and to assist in a firm and resolute manner in maintaining law and order.

In the supplemental instructions issued today, Stark County has been included in the operations of the State forces. This is due to the fact that one steel mill has continued to operate during the strike, and under the general orders that mill is entitled to continue on its present scale. The workmen in this plant shall be permitted to go and come from their homes without being molested and without danger to their families. Railroad transportation shall not be interfered with. All other orders shall apply to Canton and Stark County, including the disarming of all persons who are not officers of the law.

Law and order are essential to the preservation of this republic. We are deeply concerned in the fullest protection of human rights, which in this case includes both strikers and non-strikers. We recognize also that property has some rights under the laws and traditions of this country. It is our purpose to deal fairly with all these conflicting interests. It must not be assumed that we are attempting or are willing to show any favoritism, but rather to preserve the orderly processes of labor negotiations and the protection of the just rights of the contending forces.

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