Miller Center

Mrs. Wirtz

Speaker: Mrs. Alvin Wirtz
Date: February 22, 1970
In the 1950s, he became an aide to Adlai Stevenson and later served in Stevenson?s presidential campaign of 1956. During his tenure as Secretary of Labor (1962-1969), Stevenson frequently testified before Congress and was involved in efforts to subdue major rail, airline, and dock workers? strikes of the early 1960s. During the Johnson Administration, he served as a White House speech writer and adviser to the President, working to help enact major social programs under patronage of the White House. He was a strong advocate of antipoverty programs, but argued against the creation of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Wirtz was also worked on reduction of unemployment and liberalization of immigration laws.