Preamble

The establishment of this confederation of labor in the State of Louisiana, subordinate to the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America.

Together with the AFL-CIO we seek the fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes within the framework of our constitutional government consistent with our institutions and traditions.

Democracy stems entirely from free choice. Diligently practiced, it is the only logical human formula for the attainment of economic and political independence for the realization of a just and equitable return for one's labor; for guarantees of full employment, of social security, and of the protection of the family as an institution.

In the acheivement of this task, we turn to the people because we have faith in them; and we oppose all those who would violate this American emphasis of respect for human dignity, all those who would use power to exploit the people in the interest of alien loyalties.

The struggle for human freedom is a continuous one. The task of those who would bring security and greater understanding to mankind throughout the world is endless. It is in this all-consuming struggle, however, that men and organizations make their contributions to a better life. Therefore, we glory in our heritage and in the hope of our future. Racial persecution, intolerance, selfishness, and greed have no place in the human family. We will not be satisfied until ours is a world of free men and women and of happy children.

We are dedicated to the responsibility for furthering economic opportunity, religious freedom and political participation.

We shall combat resolutely the forces which seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our nation and to enslave the human souls. We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our unions serve.