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Thursday, November 30, 1044
Maps Campaign To Reduce
High Accident Rates In
Wood CSntdiiief Pldhts
s ti 7’ v
Cr aWashington, D. C. (ILNS). Unnecessarily high accident
rates that reduce war production and weaken manpower resources
of planing mills and wooden container factories must be cut down
40 per cent, leaders of the two related industries determined at
Washington conference.
Strategy for a 6-months nationwide accident prevention drive
'J- to begin Jan. 1 was mapped by representatives of labor unions,
trade association, insurance companies, the National Safety Coun
7^cil and federal agencies called together by the Division of Labor
^Standards, U. S. Department of Labor.
Secretary of Labor Perkins urged
-that employers, workers, safety ex
perts and state labor departments
combine forces to stop the increase in
Ijob accidents in the woodworking in
Big Production Loss Cited
“The 1943 record showed a loss due
,jto job accidents of more than 9 mil
lion man hours of production that
ishould have gone into supplying ma
terials for such critical war items as
^pontoon bridges, trailers, aircraft,
jand making all types of wooden con
tainers for war supplies,” Miss Per
kins said.
“Planing mills and wooden con
tainer factories last year lost the
output in whole or in part of more
than 13,500 workers, piling up an
accident frequency more than double
the national average for manufactur
ing and four times greater than that
of the hazardous iron and steel in
dustry with a rate of 10.”
Other Drives Get Results '7
“As for the individual worker,”
Miss Perkins pointed out, “1 out of
■every 10 planing mill workers and 1
out of every 6 workers in wooden
container factories were injured in
,1943. About 4Xj million dollars was
paid out in compensation and medical
costs. The cost to individuals and
their families in human suffering
1 cannot be measured by statistics.”
This is the third industry-wide ac
cident prevention campaign launched
by the U. S. Department of Labor in
recent months. The slaughtering and
meat packing drive began last June
and paper and pulp got under way in
Preliminary reports show substan
tial progress toward the goal of 40
per cent reduction of accidents in
these industries.
During the drive scheduled for Jan
uary to June, the more than 3500
woodworking establishments in every
Estate of the Union and employing al
.most 125,000 workers will receive
/free safety consultation service by
the U. S. Labor Department’s safety
engineers or by field safety agents of
the cooperating agencies. Safety
training courses will be offered for
supervisors, foremen and workers in
engineering colleges throughout the
country, in plants and elsewhere. v
Unions Invited
California, New York, North Caro
lina and Pennsylvania have the larg
est number of planing mills, but
i Tennessee, Washington and Wiscon
sin, with fewer mills, represent large
concentrations of employment. In the
wooden container field 7 states ac
count for half of the plants—Cali
fornia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New
York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Invited to take part in the confer
ence were the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters, Coopers International
.Union of North America, AFL and
United Furniture Workers of Amer
ica and International Woodworkers
of Azperica, CIO.
Labor Press
(Continued From Page One)
mittee to investigate ways and means
whereby the federation can render
more substantial assistance to the
labor press is expected to recommend
^certain measures which can he acted
iupon now and to prepare a broader
and more comprehensive plan to put
into operation when peace comes.
“The council pledges its full coop
eration in the furtherance of every
(practical step to provide new oppor
tunities for the growth and develop
pnent of the bona fide labor press.”
A real active enemy seasons U zest
XMAS SEAL—Organized labor
Chattanooga, Tenn., was pleasantly
surprised to find the label of Allied
Printing Trades Council (AFL) on
Pine Breeze Christmas seals. The
Central Labor Union underscored its
support of the Pine Breeze tubercu
losis sanitorium by naming one of its
members to the institution’s advisory
committee. (Federated Pictures)
"'X'/ ’v
... ....—
There was a dream—
That men could one day speak the
thoughts of their own choosing.
There was a hope
That men could one day stroll through
streets at evening unafraid.*
There was a prayer
That each could speak to his own
God in his own church.
That dream, that hope, that prayer
—Jack Lewi.
'^Victory for President Jim Pe
trillo, of Musicians Union, forcing
agreements with mammoth radio
monopolies, ended refusal of musi
cians to make recordings without
extra compensation. This is proof
conclusive that labor can take care
of itself without interference by
Federal agencies who pass the
“buck” to FDR.
V- J,
Refusal of National Labor Rela
tion Board to permit a system wide
election to decide bargaining agent
for employees of Western Union
Telegraph Co., shows NLRB playing
“favorites,” in a deliberate move to
protect the interests of CIO in sev
eral isolated localities, when the
question comes to a vote. Even the
employers preferred a single bargain
ing agent to a multiplicity of unions,
some AFL and others CIO. jw*
British Trade Union Congress
will be represented at AFL New
Orleans convention, which opened
Nov. 20, by John Brown, of Steel
Federation, and Arthur
of Mine Workers Federa-
PICKUPS—Out of $56,000
back pay won by San Diego Cannery
Workers, all members of the union in
armed services have been mailed $5.
Editor Geo. Seldes, of “In Fact,”
charges Town Hall Meeting of the
Air program with being guilty of
“rigging” their question period in
advance of broadcasting also that
this program is sponsored by the
anti-labor Reader’s Digest One
wonders where Matt Woll, AFL vice
president, finds time to participate in
the scores of activities in which he
represents labor Woll is one of
the most respected American labor
leaders within, as well as outside the
labor movement Stevens Hotel,
Chicago, largest in the world, is now
union, and AFL is driving to sign the
ritzy Palmer House—in windy city.
Sgt. Chas. “Commando” Kelly,
war hero, ^in accepting his Team
sters’ Union card, said: “Next to
the war, this is the biggest thing
that’s happened in my life.”
Incidentally, Walter Winchell is
now a member of the American
Newspaper Guild ... An 1LG re
port shows liquid assets of the
union—$16,183,692 in General and
Reserve Funds increase in four
years, $9,330,275 Webster says:
“A scab is one who takes the place
of a striker—a dirty, paltry fellow,
a scoundrel.” ... A sign in New
York restaurant window: “Woman
wanted—will marry if
Federation of Labor
issued a printed overseas news bulle
tin for its membership throughout
armed forces The vitriolic pen of
Harold Ickes wrote as follows to
native Fascist: “So far as I am con
cerned I have never had any fancy
for political charlatans or mounte
banks of your type.” Mr. Ickes
must be slipping Smith deserves
better than that.
“Iron Age,” publication of steel in
dustry survey, states that 90% of
war vets favored labor unions
Pathfinder Magazine, bought and
slicked up with money of Sun
Co. Pew’s of Penna., is printed in
“rat” Chicago Donnelly plant
Unionists throughout the country
protesting to Boards of Education
against use of the anti-labor Reader’s
Digest in classrooms.
The more we
the sooner will
back. Buy more
*x ‘•MtJj/R-
Hugh Herbert.
will back the attack,
our fighting men
War Bonds.
McNuft Warns American Federation
Of Labor Of Evils |Of Prejudices
A Siftavtiino- that national rftsnonsi- remain ho oxnlained. “If
A wfirhing that national responsi
bility can be “blunted” by prejudice
and that even “our All-American
team of government, management
and labor can fumble in the winning
drive for victory,” was given by War
Manpower Commissioner Paul V. Mc
Nutt, addressing American Federa
tion of Labor delegates at the Muni
cipal Auditorium.
The tall, white-haired ex-governor
of Indiana, oft referred to as the
“Adonis of American Politics,” ar
rived in New Orleans by train last
Although the overall manpower
program has succeeded, shortages in
trucks and other “must” war goods
continue, he said.
Color Line
“It is a fact,” he said, “that even
under the pressure of war, some atti
tudes change slowly.
“What happens to the worker who
responds to a patriotic appeal «to
leave his job in a less essential in
dustry to work in a critical industry?
“In some states such a-, worker will
lose his security against unemploy
ment. After he accepts a negotiated
transfer, requested or urged by the
War Manpower Commission, he will
lose his unemployment insurance
rights. Some state legislatures have,
to date, not yet seen the need for
liberalizing such provisions.
“I say that is fumbling the ball on
the 10-yard line.
“Our generals want trucks, foun
dries want man power, and yet in
some communities the color-line is
allowed to take precedence over the
all-American line in time of war. In
other communities where foundries
need man power, there is inadequate
housing for non-Americans, non
whites and other minority groups.
“Management in some foundries is
still producing non-essential products.
“What is the answer?
“Not a national conscription act for
labor. We Americans are out-produc
ing the slave factories of the enemy
-and his non-union plants with free
American labor.
“The answer to all our problems is
a revitalized sense of responsibility
to the American people, including
America’s fighting men. The team of
management, labor and government
must assume this responsibility, one
that will cut across all sectional, re
gional industrial class and race
The WMC director said that far
too many people consider that we are
“over the hump” in our war produc
tion job. “Some Americans,” he said,
“have already hitched up the victory
band wagon and gone for premature
victory hayrides.”
“Even when the much anticipated
fall of Germany occurs—and to date
it hasn’t—the challenge of Japan will
Where would you turn, should the necessity
arise 4
Youi responsibility is to know which funeral
director in your community has the facilities, the
reputation and the professional skill you demand.
We provide the high standards of service
which you have learned to expect.
Dawson Funeral Home
215 W. Fifth Street
Ronald Coleman as the beggar-magician, Marlene Dietrich as Queen of the Dancing Girls, and Joy Ann Page
Hafiz’s daughter in “Kismet,” the celebrated fantasy of ancient Bagdad, which Metro-Goldvzyn-Mayer presents
Technicolor starting Thursday at the Ceramic Theater. The cast includes Edward Arnold, James Craig and
remain,” he explained. “It will be
long time, a long war, before we inter
the Japanese menace next to the
German menace in the cemetery of
would-be world conquerors.
“It took two years to stockpile the
necessary war material with which
we are currently hammering at Ger
many. The supply line to Europe is
one-third that of the supply line to
McNutt praised the contribution of
the AFL and organized labor, in gen
eral, to the production effort.
“It is easy to recall,” he said, “the
magnificent achievement of your
building trades unions in manning the
two war projects at Pasco, Washing
ton, and Knoxville, Tenn. Yes, Ameri
can unions in a thousand Pascos
Knoxvilles have out-produced
Berlins and Munichs, the Tokyos
“When shortages in materials
cur, the labor haters shout their
classical answer: ‘Labor.’
“They have confused large sections
of the American people. North, South,
East and West, the labor haters and
labor-baiters have been busy crepe
hanging. Wherever there is a smoke
stack, they can be seen digging
graves for labor. Fortunately, the la
bor movement is too busy smashing
production records to lie down in the
graves so provided.” j.
Washington, D. C. (ILNS). —The
American Federation of Government
Employees, AFL affiliate, is pushing
a nation-wide membership drive and
is getting results. New
just been organized in
and Greenwood, S. C.,
Ga., Fort Worth, Texas,
and Detroit, Mich.
lodges have
Enid, Okla.,
Ask for Union Labeled merchandise.
Supply Limited. Make Selec
tions Early.
Co-op^atin0 with goTvnunent suggM
tian, our atoro is closod on Sundays.
Phone 10
Hartford, Conn. (ILNS).—Connec
ticut’s unemployment compensation
fund has reached a total of $154,675,
101, an all-time high, Cornelius 3.
Danaher, administrator of the Em
ployment Security Division announc
ed. The fund has been built up by
contributions from employers since
1936 and has made rapid increases in
recent years.
Administrator Danaher emphasized
that the fund should prove to be of
great benefit during the reconversion
period. A total of $100,000,000 in
benefits may be paid out in the 2
years immediately following the close
of the war.
“Not only will this amount be turn
ed into purchasing power,” Danaher
said, “but it will assure the tempor
arily unemployed that money will be
supplied for their basic needs, thus
encouraging them to spend some of
their accumulated savings for other
necessities and semi-luxuries, which
means that many more millions in
purchasing power will be released.
This should eliminate the possibility
of any depression such as occurred at
the end of the last war.”
Workers In War Plants
Seized By Government
Can't Be Blacklisted
Burke, a member of the Machinists
Union was fired last Sept. 8 on or
ders of .the naval officer in dharge of
the plant, for protesting the payment
to another union man of machinists’
wages for the more specialized tool
and die work. The local office of the
U. S. Employment Service later re
fused to issue him the referral neces
sary to obtain employment elsewhere.
McNutt’s decision on appeal from
the local authorities, orders that
Burke be issued a referral as of Nov.
1, and lays down the general prin
ciple that “the period during which
a referral should be denied appellant
should be that applicable to a worker
in a similar plant who quits his job
without good cause, i.e., 60 days
To A Successful Future
For G. I. Joe
Today finds industry thinking in
terms of postwar planning. While our
soldiers were gone, defending our
way of life, we here on the home front
did our utmost to keep things going
and, particularly, to help retain the
time-tested system of American enter-
In cooperation with labor, we are
ready to welcome G. I. Joe with jobs
and with better opportunities that
they have so richly earned.
New York City (ILNS).—Workers can’t fee blacklisted at the
instance of military authorities, War Manpower
Paul V. McNutt has ruled.
McNutt, in a case called to his attention by
Civil Liberties Union, declared that workers in
plants seized by the government and operated under Army or
Navy supervision
fee put on
In a letter to the ACLU enclosing a copy of his decision in the
case of Arthur B. Burke, shop committeeman discharged from the
National Motor Bearing Co. plant,*-------------------------------
Redwood City, Calif., McNutt gives
his “personal assurance that he would
not be a party to any action.”
*_ ..s r. .x .-
•z.■* ?•**27
the American
essential war
blacklist for engaging in junipn
after the date of the termination of
his employment.”
ACLU Explains Action
In calling the Burke case to the
attention of McNutt, the ACLU, in
a letter signed by Arthur Garfield
Hays, general counsel, said: “We
have entered blacklisting cases only
where the charge is made that the
penalties incurred were a result of a
reasonable complaint about conditions
in the shop.”
The liberties union also expressed
concern about reports that workers
had been blacklisted for refusing to
work overtime in government-oper
ated plants.
It’s a long time since we heard any
one request the “courtesy of the
Whereas, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has seen fit to
take from our midst our friend and fellow worker, Brother Charles
B. Paup, and Whereas We, the members of Local Union No. 102,
Ford City, Pa., recognize the loss of this brother who was respected
and esteemed by all his shop mates and fellow workers there
fore be it
Resolved, That we, the Brothers of Local Union No. 102 shall
cherish and respect the memory of his pleasant manner and as evi
dence of sympathy and esteem it is hereby further
Resolved, That we extend our profound sympathy to the
family, a copy of these resolutions be published in our official
journal, The Potters Herald, a copy spread upon the minutes of
the Local and a copy sent to the bereaved family. Also that our
charter be draped in mourning for a period of thirty days.
Committee of Local Union No. 102.

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