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LOCAL 706, PLUMBERS & STEAMFITTERS UNION,

EL DORADO, ARK. (On August 17, 1960, the following witnesses testified in executive session during hearings held by the Subcommittee on Investigations. This testimony was made public on September 23, 1960, by members of the subcommittee and follows below.)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1960

U.S. SENATE,
PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS
OF THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS,

Washington, D.C. The Permanent Subcommittee met at 10:15 a.m., pursuant to section 5, Senate Resolution 255, agreed to April 11, 1960, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, in room 3302, Senate Office Building, Senator John L. McClellan (chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Senator John L. McClellan, Democrat, Arkansas; Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Democrat, North Carolina.

Also present: Jerome S. Adlerman, general counsel; James F. Mundie, investigator; LaVern J. Duffy, investigator; Ruth Y. Watt, chief clerk.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order.

(Members of the subcommittee present at time of convening: Senators McClellan and Ervin.)

The CHAIRMAN. Be sworn, Mr. Longing, please.

You do solemnly swear the evidence you shall give before this Senate Investigating Subcommittee shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Mr. LONGING. I do.

TESTIMONY OF J. TRUETT LONGING The CHAIRMAN. State your name, your place of residence, and your business or occupation.

Mr. LONGING. Truett Longing, and I reside at 611 West 10th, Crossett, Ark. I am employed by the Crossett Paper Mill as a welder.

The CHAIRMAN. What is your trade? Welder?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. Have you ever been a member of the Steamfitters & Plumbers Union, Local No. 706, of El Dorado, Ark. ?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. How long have you been a member of that union?
Mr. LONGING. I got my card in 1946.
The CHAIRMAN. And continued as a member how long?

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Mr. LONGING. I got a withdrawal card, I believe it was, in 1958.
The CHAIRMAN. You were a member for 2 years?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir; longer than that; 1946.
The CHAIRMAN. You were a member about 12 years?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. During that time, did you work on the Pine Bluff Arsenal ?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. You were not one of those who worked on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. All right, Mr. Adlerman.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Mr. Longing, in 1955 you were working at a mill in Crossett, Ark.?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Were you approached by any person from the local 706?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Who was that?
Mr. LONGING. George Wolfe.
Mr. ADLERMAN. What request did he make of you ?

Mr. LONGING. He asked me or approached me one morning and asked me would I clear my book into the pipeline local in Tulsa.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Local 798?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir; and he said that it would help us on down the line.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Did he ask you to vote for Craddock?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir; not at that time.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Did he later on ask you to vote for Craddock?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir, he didn't, but after I cleared my book in there, I didn't know what the purpose was at that time. As time went on, I found out that that was what we were supposed to do was to vote for Craddock .

Mr. ADLERMAN. How did you clear your book?

Mr. LONGING. Someone took it up, Mr. Adlerman, and I don't remember who. But that is all I had to do with it.

Mr. ADLERMAN. You gave your book to somebody?

Mr. LONGING. I turned my book in, and the clearing part of it was taken care of.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Did you pay any dues or dues stamps for the clearance?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. What happened after that?

Mr. LONGING. Well, one morning we all got on a bus before day-
light and proceeded to Baton Rouge.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Was that in El Dorado?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir; we boarded the bus in El Dorado.
Mr. ADLERMAN. And you went to Baton Rouge!
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. What happened there?

Mr. LONGING. We went to some hotel. I can't think of the name of it. It was a double name. Pack, I believe, was one of it. But there is where we did our voting, up on about the third or fourth floor, and after we voted for Mr. Craddock they invited us up to his room for a drink and we went up there and had a drink. Then our delegation assembled again, and we went to the Picadilly Restaurant, I believe, and had lunch.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Who paid the expenses of this trip?
Mr. LONGING. Ted Nordmyer paid for them.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Who is Ted Nordmyer?
Mr. LONGING. A member of local 706.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Is he an officer?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Is he a steward?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. But he had charge of the people on the bus?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. How many men were there on the bus?
Mr. LONGING. There was approximately 50 men.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Did they all vote there?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir; to my knowledge they did.
Mr. ADLERMAN. And they were all given the same instructions of
who to vote for?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Was Mr. Yocom along with you?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Did he instruct you how to vote?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir; I don't believe he did. We were handed a list, I believe it was a ballot, and the names were marked on there that we were supposed to vote for.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Who handed you that list?
Mr. LONGING. I don't recall, sir.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Do you recall any difficulties within the union at meetings? Did any people have any difficulties with the officers of the local because they objected to the way things were going in the local?

Mr. LONGING. Well, yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. Before you get into that phase of it, I hand you here a small book that indicates it is some kind of a record from 1953 to 1956. I ask you to examine this book and state what it is.

(The document was handed to the witness.) Mr. LONGING. This is a journeyman card from the United Association of the Journeymen Pipe Fitters & Steamfitters of America. This is a dues book that is issued for the years 1953 through 1956.

The CHAIRMAN. Is it your book!
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir; it is.

The CHAIRMAN. You identify it as such? You identify that as your book that you used as a member of local 706 ?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. As the book that was issued to you?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. I see over on one of the pages there a stamp vote, that said “Voted in 798,” is that right?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. What does that indicate? How come that is stamped in there that you voted 798 on the date given there! What does that indicate?

Mr. LONGING. This is the stamp that was placed in the book when it was cleared into the Tulsa local.

The CHAIRMAN. They wouldn't put "voted” in there until you had voted it; would they?

Mr. LONGING. I wouldn't assume they did.

The CHAIRMAN. In other words, that stamp is the only stamp in that book indicating that you were ever a member of that local!

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Were you actually ever a member of that local!

Mr. LONGING. Well, according to the rules and regulations of the United Association, Senator, I suppose I was for this brief period of time.

The CHAIRMAN. Just for the purpose of moving in to vote?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. That was the only service you performed, the only function connected with your being in that union, so you could vote?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir; that is correct.

The CHAIRMAN. You never worked under its supervision or direction at any time; did you?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. You never worked under its officers?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. You never sought any work permit from it?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. You never participated in anything that local ever did, any action it has ever taken, or any of its proceedings or policies, or anything, except to go from El Dorado down to Baton Rouge, La., for the purpose of casting that one vote?

Mr. LONGING. That is right.

The CHAIRMAN. And you were provided a ticket that showed you how they wanted you to vote then?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Was Mr. Craddock's name on that ticket?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN, Running for what?
Mr. LONGING. Business agent.

The CHAIRMAN. Did you vote for him in accordance with the instructions you received ?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir: I did.

The CHAIRMAN. How long did you stay in that union after you voted that day?

Mr. LONGING. Our books came back to local 706 and they were handed back to us.

The CHAIRMAN. Your books came back and were handed back to

you?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Did you ever pay any dues to local 798?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. You never paid any dues to that local at any time?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. If there is any record of your having paid dues, you didn't pay them and didn't know anything about it?

Mr. LONGING. That is right, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. Do you know whether any were paid and charged to you?

Mr. LONGING. No, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. In other words, you had nothing to do with that local other than that they just herded you into a truck, a number of you, and took you down there and had you vote in that election?

Mr. LONGING. That is right, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Duffy?

Mr. Duffy. Mr. Longing, did you actually, when you went in to vote-did they stamp this book for you?

Mr. LONGING. I didn't have the book with me.
Mr. DUFFY. You didn't have the book with you?
Mr. LONGING. No, sir.

Mr. DUFFY. How did they determine you were eligible to vote when you went into the room?

Mr. LONGING. Mr. Duffy, I might retract that statement. I don't remember whether I had the book with me or not. It is possible, but I don't believe I did.

Mr. DUFFY. You don't know whether they stamped your book at that time or not?

Mr. LONGING. No.

The CHAIRMAN. Is that the usual practice, that when you go to vote you have your book with you?

Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir. I couldn't be for sure, but I might have had that book.

The CHAIRMAN. Let the book be made exhibit No. 22.

(The document referred to was marked "Exhibit No. 22” for reference, and may be found in the files of the subcommittee.)

The CHAIRMAN. All right, Mr. Adlerman.

Mr. LONGING. As I recall it, they had a list, just like they do in county and State elections.

The CHAIRMAN. They had furnished to the election officials a list of you?

Mr. LONGING. I believe that is correct, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. I assume the officials went by that list, then, rather than by your presenting your book?

Mr. LONGING. That is right.
The CHAIRMAN. All right.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Who were the officers of local 706 at that time?

Mr. LONGING. The executive board consisted of George Wolfe, Pee Wee Hicks, C. D. Longing. I am not sure about the other member.

Mr. ADLERMAN. Who was the business manager?
Mr. LONGING. I believe Earl Griffin was.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Was he an international organizer at the same time?
Mr. LONGING. I think so; yes, sir.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Did he hold two offices, then?
Mr. LONGING. I believe that is correct.
Mr. ADLERMAN. When had he been elected to the local office ?
Mr. LONGING. That was a long time ago.
Mr. ADLERMAN. Did Ermon Griffin hold office at that time?
Mr. LONGING. Yes, sir. I believe he was financial secretary-treas-
Mr. ADLERMAN. Had he been elected or appointed?

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