Clinton Golden

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(labor leader, academic)
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Born16 November 1888
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Died12 June 1961 (Age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
InterestsCongress of Industrial Organizations
Anti-communist labor union leader. Double Bilderberger

Clinton Strong Golden was a labour union intellectual and bureaucrat. He was founder of the United Steelworkers, vice chairman of the War Production Board, and director of the Trade Union Fellows program at the Harvard Business School. He attended the Bilderberg twice. [1]


When his father died in 1900, Golden went to work in an iron mine at age 12, and thus his formal education was ended. He apprenticed as a machinist, but later worked several years as a railroad fireman and became active in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers. He was a full-time representative for the International Association of Machinists, 1919-1930. [2]

He served on the board of directors of Brookwood Labor College, 1919-1922, and as its field representative and business manager. He helped found the Conference for Progressive Labor Action to promote industrial unionization. Golden was an Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America organizer during 1933. He was senior mediator with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in 1934. In 1935 he was appointed as regional director for the National Labor Relations Board and prepared the unfair labor charge that culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Jones and Laughlin decision.[2]

He was appointed director of the important Northeastern region of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) in 1936. Clinton S. Golden was the only major SWOC leader who had not been affiliated with the United Mine Workers of America, but was close to SWOC chairman Philip A. Murray and directed SWOC during Murray's illness in 1941. At the founding convention of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) in 1942, he was influential in the creation of an international executive board of regionally elected members. Golden was elected by the convention as an assistant to the international president (later vice-president). [2]

He was vice-chairman of both the War Production Board and the War Manpower Commission during World War II. Golden was one of the few labor intellectuals with real influence in the trade union movement. He believed that unions should play a greater role in socio-economic affairs and tried to persuade management and organized labor that unions should share responsibility for maximizing productivity and participate in the distribution of profits. In 1946 he resigned as USWA vice-president.[2]

He was named chief labor advisor to the U.S. Mission to Aid Greece in 1947 during the US military intervention there, and was a consultant on European labor to the Economic Cooperation Administration. He was appointed executive director of the Harvard University trade union program and continued to lecture at Harvard and at many labor education institutes until his retirement in 1959. Golden coauthored The Dynamics of Industrial Democracy (1942), and numerous articles.[2]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/1955 September23 September 195525 September 1955Germany
The third Bilderberg, in West Germany. The subject of a report by Der Spiegel which inspired a heavy blackout of subsequent meetings.
Bilderberg/195611 May 195613 May 1956Denmark
The 4th Bilderberg meeting, with 147 guests, in contrast to the generally smaller meetings of the 1950s. Has two Bilderberg meetings in the years before and after
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