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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Samuel Gompers (1850–1924)
QUOTATION: We will stand by our friends and administer a stinging rebuke to men or parties who are either indifferent, negligent, or hostile, and, wherever opportunity affords, to secure the election of intelligent, honest, earnest trade unionists, with clear, unblemished, paid-up union cards in their possession.
ATTRIBUTION: SAMUEL GOMPERS, “Men of Labor! Be Up and Doing,” editorial, American Federationist, May 1906, p. 319.
SUBJECTS: Labor unions