Denying Strikers Food Stamps Hurts Children Most

John D. Harris' letter regarding striker replacement, "The right to strike--and the right to reject unions" (Readers Report, Sept. 9), asks that strikers be denied food stamps in return for a prohibition on replacement during a strike. Food stamps for strikers were wrongfully taken away from workers on strike in 1981.

The federal food stamp program is an Agricultural Dept. program, not a welfare program. Its purpose is twofold: to minimize agricultural surpluses by reducing storage costs, etc., and to prevent malnutrition. Children of striking workers presently are discriminated against, yet we hear no moral outrage from anyone.

Joe Mangone

National Director



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