Harry Bridges, dapper in an almost grey flannel suit, sporting a black tie with slanting silver stripes, said on his arrival here yesterday afternoon that he approves President Eisenhower’s sending Federal Troops to Little Rock, Arkansas.
"Eisenhower had to act, and he acted to support the law and the constitution in the face of a mob of fanatical, hysterical people," Bridges told reporters.
The head of the I.L.W.U. said recently that he was against the use of troops by anyone against any strike of working people to better their conditions, but that in the Little Rock incident "for once troops are being used properly in a civil situation."
HERE FOR CONVENTION
Bridges is here to attend the Hawaii I.L.W.U. convention now in progress, where he will speak today, and to size up the situation in Hawaii on the eve of sugar wage contract negotiations.
The Little Rock situation also was commented on by speakers before the I.L.W.U. convention here yesterday.
Antonio Rania, local president, noted to delegates that "a certain element thinks we’re a bunch of subversives, that we destroy things. (But) we’re able to work together regardless of race, creed, color and even political belief. These guys in Little Rock are still fighting."
Jack W. Hall, regional director, told convention delegates that "it’s a little funny, perhaps a little tragic, that the very people who’ve been so busy attacking our union are today in this terrible situation in Arkansas, advocating what amounts to civil war against our nation.
"We can thank God," he said, "that Eisenhower has finally and perhaps belatedly moved to enforce a little of the Constitution."