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    Ronald Reagan as Governor Typed Letter Signed, "Ron", two pages on California Governor's stationery, 8.5" x 11, Sacramento, California, July 28, 1970, to Mrs. Dolores Ballachino, Boston, New York. It reads in part: "'s getting increasingly difficult to handle both campaign duties and this job particularly at this time when the legislature is playing games with some of our most important legislation...Now let me get down to the questions about labor. As you know, I was president of my union six times and on the board of directors a total of twenty-five years. I am still a lifetime member of that union; the only union member, incidentally, to ever serve as governor of this state. Obviously, I am not anti-labor...Here is my position with regard to Chavez. My desk is covered with petitions signed by thousands of workers who do not want him to represent them in collective bargaining. By use of the boycott Chavez is trying to organize the workers without their permission. He attempts to force the employer into a contract with him and then orders the workers to join his union. I believe organized labor begins with the workers themselves deciding what union they want to represent them and deciding this preferably by secret ballot. To that end I have offered a plan which has been accepted by everyone but Chavez whereby the farm workers will vote secretly on unionizing. The state conciliation service will be offered to insure that no employer can intimidate workers or prevent them from voting for a union if they want it. Chavez has flatly refused, preferring to go his way of forcing the workers into his union with them having no vote at all. His weapon, of course, is the continuation of the boycott...". Following the typed body of the letter is a postscript in Reagan's hand. It reads in full: "Perhaps Paul also should know that as Pres. of my union I led it in the 1st strike in its history - and we won." Original folds, staple perforations in upper left corner. Very fine condition.

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