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VOL. XLIX, NO. 32 i
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At a meeting held Wednesday between western
members of the Executive Board of the National Bro
therhood of Operative Potters, headed by President
James M. Duffy and representatives of. the labor com
mittee of the United States Potters* Association, head
ed. by Joseph M. Wells, an agreement was reached cov
ering the recent ruling of the War Labor Board.
4 Preceding the meeting with the manufacturers
President Duffy received a telegram from Washington
which enabled Brotherhood representatives to enter the
meeting with no other view in mind, but that the direc
tive be put into effect first full pay after conference.
:,( "‘I NOVEMBER 30, 1945
The chief executevS'^mid |hnt_the
proposed legislation would permit the
federal government to intervene when
disputes would vitally affect the pub
lic interest, and in such cases empow
er the President or his agent to name
a fact-finding board of three or more
persons to investigate the dispute.
Truman said the board should be
composed of three or more outstand
ing citizens, to have the power of sub
poena and require the submission of
records or testimony of individuals.
During the period the fact-finding
board is deliberating, and for a per
iod of five days thereafter, it would
be illegal to call a strike or effect a
lockout, or make “any changes in rates
of pay, hours, working conditions or
established practices, except by agree
There would be no requirement,
under the Truman recommendation,
that the parties be legally bound to
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Begin Witch-Hunt
Against AFL Cops
St. Louis— (FP). —Acting on in
structions from the Board of Police
Commissioners, Police Chief James J.
Mitchell ordered his subordinates to
investigate ail men under their com
mand to find out who had joined the
newly chartered Local 549, American
Federation of State County & Munici
pal Employes (AFL). The subordi
nates were also directed to determine
which men had acted as organizers.
The board had voted 3 to 1 that
members of the Police Dept, cannot
legally organise and anounced that
nothing would be done until after re
ceipt of opinion of the legality of
the union from the attorney general
and city counselor.
Truman Asks Law
To Handle Strikes
Washington—(FP).—Because the Natl. Labor Management
Conference failed to set a formula for the solution of strikes, Pres.
Harry S. Truman Dec. 3 asked Congress to pass legislation on the
general line of the Railway Labor act requiring a 30 day cooling
off period before walkouts.
Truman’s message included a warning against “repressive or
coercive measures against either side,” saying that “legislation
which would stifle full freedom of collective bargaining on either
side would be a backward step which the American people would
not tolerate.”
Decorators Will
Elect Officers
At Next Meeting
Local Union 124 had a very well
attended meeting Tuesday evening
and although nothing of major impor
tance was up for consideration, spir
ited discussions followed all topics
brought before the local.
We were very glad to see the
stampers’ committee from Laughlin
No. 8 present and make their report
on the controversy at that shop. As
evidenced in their report, the commit
tee is doing a good job and although
the customary squabbles are bound to
rise from time to time, every effort
is being put forth to adhere to the
laws covering the agreement.
As our last meeting in this month
falls on Christmas, members of the
various shop committees have only
two more meetings in which to qualify
for their attendance record or face a
penalty. This fact is called to your
attention at this time in order to
counteract any attempts to come be
fore the local asking leniency, due to
only three meetings being held this
Local Union 124 is doing their share
in order that the city’s quota in the
Victory War Bond drive will be
achieved. Action was taken at the
meeting instructing the trustees to
purchase a $500 bond.
Several members were suspended
for non-payment of dues and the axe
will fall on others unless they clear
up their arrearages by the end of the
year. The local hates to take this ac
tion but since all have been duly noti
fied and failed to make any arrange
ments for settlement, there was noth
ing left for the local to do but sus
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The Union Label Trades Depart
ment of the American Federation of
Labor has shown unusual progress ac
cording to its Annual Report released
by I. M. Ornburn, the Secretary-Treas
urer, after the meeting of the execu
tive board recently held in Cincinnati,
The report reveals an increased
number of affiliates to the depart
ment, a healthy condition of the fi
nances, greater activities in every
field, and a steady expansion in the
Secretary-Treasurer Ornburn show
ed that there was an increased trend
of consumers, especially members of
labor unions and their families, toward
Union Label goods and Union serv
ices. The demand on manufacturers
for the union label and upon service
establishments for the shop cards and
service button has steadily increased.
A greater stimulus has been given
to the union label campaign since the
war ended. Now that civilian goods
are again being placed on the market
and the government is not the chief
purchaser, union label-conscious con
sumers are urged to demand the union
label, shop card and service button.
The report showed that several
charters have been issued to new
Union Label Leagues. Activities of
these already organized and the re
cently affiliated leagues are greater
than ever in the history of the depart
Incidentally, Mr. Ornburn, who is
also Secretary-Treasurer of the Amer
ican Federation of Women’s Auxil
iaries of Labor, an organization which
stated that the A. F. W. A. L. had
has been sponsored by the U. L. T. D.,
added many new local auxiliaries. It
will hold its third convention next
The Union Label Trades Depart
ment in conjunction with the Ameri
can Federation of Labor had a joint
booth at the Women’s International
Exposition of Arts and Industries in
Madison Square Garden, New York,
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NWLB Ruling Effective As
The meeting was arranged following President
Duffy’s return from the Labor-Management Conference
iiy Washington and was called on the basis of the Na
tional War Labor Board directive as issued on October
19, 1945, to iron out any differences that might arise
as to either side’s interpretation of the WLB ruling.
Following is the agreement reached at the conffer
ence covering the major issues of interest to tab trade*
Any worker who completes a year of servic^ b£
tween June 1, .and December 31 of any year shall oe
entitled to one week of vacation with pay during that
period. Any worker who completes 5 years of service
between June 1 and December 31 of any year shall
receive two weeks’ vacation with pay during such
period. All those meeting the above service record re
quirement will get vacation pay for the year 1945. ./y,
This will require a great deal of checking as to
the actual increase in cost of sponges since January,
1941. Employers agree to supply sponges without cost
to the employees from December 19, 1945 to February
Let's Finish
The Job* And
Aid Veterans
Florjanczyk, Meigh
Back From Service
Wheeling, W. Va. Again this
Christmas season, the government, in
cooperation with railroad officials
have asked the American public not
to travel unless it is absolutely neces
sary. Many thousands of service men
and women will be discharged from
duty and will be anxious |o get home.
Carriers will no doubt be jammed to
capacity. As good citizens, the potters
who are planing pleasure trips 'dur
ing the holidays should first think of
our returning veterans then remain
near home. We are hoping that by
Chrsitmas 1946, the great majority
of Uncle Sam’s soldiers will be in
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Jiggermen Elect
Digman President
Of Local No. 12
Local Union No. 12 had a fine turn
out at their meeting Tuesday evening
when officers for the new term were
elected. Spirited contests were held
for every post with the following
coming out winners: President, Guy
Digman vice president, Harold Win
ters recording secretary, John Web
er financial secretary-treasurer,
Francis Cubberly guard, Harry Pode
wells, George Lanning statistician,
Ernest Torrence inspector, Robert
McCormack: trustee, William Burlin
President Kelly in turning the gavel
over to Brother Digman, thanked the
members for their wonderful coopera
tion during his term of office and
urged the membership to extend the
same cooperation to his successor.
Beginning the first of the year a
new set-up pertaining to shop commit
tees on the various plants will be put
into operation. The new plan has been
discussed at our last few meetings
and while some feel the new set-up
will not be the answer to our prob
lem, the jnajority are of the opinion
that it is worth a tryout. Every mem
ber is urged to attend the first meet
ing in January when the names of
those chosen to serve on the commit
tees will be announced. Perhaps you
may be the one selected as the repre
sentative from your respective shop.
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All Day
For Jiggernaen
At Cambridge
Expansion Program
At Universal Plant
Cambridge, Ohio.—Sometime ago. I
mentioned through the columns of
the "Herald” that an expansion prp
gram at the Universal Potteries was
being considered.. The plans call for
four new buildings, two at plant No.
1 and two at plant No. 2, represent
ing in all approximately 35,000 square
feet of floor space. When completed
this will mean additional storage room
as well as added space for all manu
facturing operations. The program in
cludes modern workrooms and rest
room facilities and last but not least,
a first aid department with the neces
sary equipment to administer the
treatment of aluminum therapy.
Your O. C. has been informed that
this equipment has been ordered and
the modile unit for X-raying the em
ployees is due in Cambridge shortly.
Since everyone is becoming more
health conscious, I am sure this news
will be deeply appreciated, f",’
Another added feature in the ex
pansion program and one I am sure
will meet with the approval of all jig
germen and their crews, is the elimi
nation of working night shifts. After
several years of alternating day and
night shifts, the members feel the
sooner the new plan is put ipto ef
fect, the better.
Brothers Harry Thechler, Wayland
Ramage and "Gene” O’Brien have re
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TeMnts Sue To
Block Eviction
Senator “Pappy” O’lfaniel of Texas,
No. 1 demagogue in the Senate, who
has accummulated enough wealth to
buy a big apartment building in the
nation’s capital, is having a hard
time evicting some of the tenants.
Located back df the Supreme Court,
the structure has 14 generous-sized
apartments, but O’Daniel insists he
needs the entire building as a "dwell
ing” for himself and his family.
By this plea he hopes to evade the
rent-control law.
He ordered the tenants to move out
last July. Eleven have since left,
but three Others are suing in Wash
ington’s special landlord and tenant
court against the eviction, declaring
they have no other place to go to.
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Maintenance men claiming inequities or sub-stand
£rd rates of pay are likewise to approach their respec
tive employer for settlement of Haim.
Shdrtly after giving up his work at
the bench, he entered a Philadelphia
hospital, where he underwent an oper
ation, in an effort to relieve the ef
fetty of caneer, but with little success,
and he succumbed to the disease on
November 29, 1945. Burial was made
in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Born in Germany, July 13, 1876. He
CRmq to this country in 1901 and
worked* at his trade for 11 years in
Trenton, later working at the Great
Western Pottery in Kokomo, Ind., for
a period of 9 years. When the general
strike of the sanitary trade occurred
in 1922 he came back to New Jersey,
taking employment with the Camden
Pottery, where he remained continu
ously until ill health forced him to
retire. He resided in Oaklyn, New
He is survived by his ifrldoW, Martha
Schmidt, one son and one daughter.
A daughter preceded him in death in
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Potter Murdered
As He Steps From
Doorway Of Plant
Camden, N. J. Believed to have
been the victim of a gang warfare in
the South Jersey area, Michael Sadow
ski, 27-yCar-old kilnman at the Cam
den Pottery Company was murdered
last Friday evening as he stepped out
of a doorway at the plant after finish
ing his turn on the 4 to 12 shift. Auth
orities investigating the murded link
Brother Sadowski’s death to his re
cent appearance before the Grand
Jury following a recent holdup of a
night club near here. Believed to have
known the identity of the bandits who
staged the stick-up, Brother Sandow
ski was the second Grand Jury wit
ness in the holdup to be slain.
Rex Lutton, manager of the plant
here who will leave shortly to accept
an. official position in one of the west
coast potteries, was presented with a
pen and pencil set by the employees.
We hate to lose Rex whose friendly
smile and cheerful disposition won
him a host of friends. Our best wishes
for his success in his new surround
Sunday, December 16, has been the
datd set for our annual Christmas
party. The affair as in former years
will include the wives and children of
employees. Entertainment will be pro
vided for the kiddies along with gifts
from Santa Claus. The firm will pre
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19,1946. During this two-month period firms and their
employees on each plant will endeavor to determine the
portion of the sponge cost to be borne by the employees
and the employer after the above period for which
there will be no charge for sponges. This is not a re
troactive Hem.
The 55-cent minimum rate of pay for females—
5-cent hourly premium pay for second and third
shifts—tftne and one-half for all hours in excess of 8
in any onfe day, will be put into effect first full pay after
conference. These wage increases are all retroactive to
December 15, 1944. However, all firms require time
to determine the amount of back money, but same
must be paid by February 1, 1946. Any and all em
ployees claiming back wages for hours worked in ex
cess of 8 in any one day are to bring their claim to the
attention of their respective employer for checking
and determination of amount of back wages. z
Illness Claims
Life Of Veteran
Camden, N. It is with regret
that we, the members of Local Union
No. 50 announce the passing of Broth
er Karl Schmidt Bro. Schmidt was a
member of the Brotherhood for many
years and had to give up his position
at the bench at the Camden Pottery
in April, 1945. He was one of the
twenty original members of L. U. 50
when it was re-organized in 1944.
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AFL Asks For Action To Defeat
Law To Break Unions‘
Washington, D. C.—AFL President William Green sent out an emergency call to
all members of the AFL to help defeat drastic and “wicked” anti-labor legislation now
being considered by Congress.
He urged each and every one of the seven million members of the AFL to write
individual letters to their Congressman and Senators opposing the pending Smith bilL
This bill, he explained, would provide strike penalties by permitting employers and
any other person claiming damage from a work stoppage to sue the union and its
members. It would also deprive such a union of its bargaining rights for the period
-»of a year and subject unions to court injunctions. Finally, it would
Mr. Green, therefore, raillied all
affiliated organizations—including na
tional and international unions, state
federations of labor, city central
bodies and directly affiliated federal
labor unions to join in the fight
against the Smith bill, and, above all,
to enlist their full membership in the
“Please act ‘promptly upon receipt
of this communication,” he urged in
a circular letter. “Organize a cam
paign in every town, community and
locality of the country in opposition
to this proposed anti-labor legislation.
Call upon the friends of labor to work
with you, to communicate with their
representatives in Congress along with
you, and call upon them to vote
against this legislation.”
Ironically enough, the new legisla
tive onslaught against labor was en
gineered by Representative Howard
Smith of Virginia as an added starter
to his proposed repeal of the obnox
ious Smith-Connally Act, which has
proved a collosal failure. Rep. Smith
was one of the co-authors of this bill
which was designed to prevent strikes
but, in fact, tended to encourage them.
His new measure has been denoun
ced, not only by labor, but by many
conservative newspapers which have
forcefully pointed out that it may ag
gravate the tension in labor-industrial
Nevertheless, the House Rules Com
mittee gave the measure priority of
consideration after a stormy hearing
at which Rep. Biemiller, of Wisconsin,
pointed out that the legislation, if en-
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Of Today
All work_______ „____
will be first shifts for which the 5-cent premium will
not apply. Those manning jobs on all of the above
scheduled operations will be known as the second shift
crews and will receive the 5-cent hourly premium rate,
and those on the third shift will likewise be entitled
to the 5-cent premium pay.^^L
shifts beginning from 5 a. m. io 12
Where four 6-hour shifts are operation, the
5-cent premium pay will be effective at 6 P. M. and
will apply for the succeeding 12 hours of employment. r?.
The 60-40 decal question is to be taken up in a
special conference in a further effort to reach an un
derstanding between the decal girls and the employers.:
Any employee who has left their jobs for any rea
son involved in retroactive pay items must make their
claim to their respective employer within 60 days.
In any instance where a dispute might arise con-.
cerning any of the above items and cannot be settled
between the employees and firm, the Standing Com
mittee will make a final decision after taking evidence
from the two parties involved.
prohibit unions from engaging in political activities or making
poJUtical contributions of any kind. u z
With the temper of Congre^anrased by CIO strikes and
threats of strikes in mass production industries and with no de-’2
cisive results forthcoming as yet from the labor-management am
ference, the danger of enactment of hasty and ill-considered iegis-.
lation inimical to the best interests of labor and the nation is con
sidered grave by AFL leaders.
Firm Gives
Washington—(FP).—As the labor
management conference straggled to
an end, industrial leaders began Nov.
26 issuing tipoffs to Congress and the
editorial writers on how to strangle
Unsuccessful in having their pro
posals accepted in the conference, two
management men went to the news
papers with plans to destroy the Wag
ner act, make unions subject to bank
rupting law suits and to set up time
consuming "fact-finding” bodies that
would be denied access to necessary
Pres. Ira Mosher-of Natl. Assn, of
Manufacturers led off with a mild
sounding demand that unions not re
sort to strikes, boycotts, slowdowns
or stoppages "until every means for
a peaceful settlement” had been ex
hausted. Industry, he said, was willing
to pledge no lockouts. He did not re
fer to blacklist speedups or discipli
nary layoffs.
The stinger came further down
his proposal, however, where he de-
Will No Longer Put
Up With Pranksters
Clarksburg, W. V.—Local Union 99
met last Monday evening with all offi
cers at their respective posts. A large
class of candidates, 20 to be exact, re
ceived the oath of obligation and 5
their names added to the roll.
After hearing the report of Augus
tine Mazzie, chairman of the shop,
committee, it looks like some of our
membeqp are becoming careless as
well as destructive. He reported some.
members have been showing their her
culean strength by punching holes in
the wall in the men’s laboratory. The
damage has been repaired and a new
coat of paint added. The firm notified
the committee that any individual z
found guilty of such tactics in the fu
ture will be discharged immediately,.
and charges pressed to cover the dam- f
age. He also reported a recent fire in
the shop was the result of a cigarette
butt thrown carelessly by some in-^j?
A final warning regarding ibsen
teeism has been issued to the girls in i
the decorating department. We hope
the guilty parties will heed this warn-.
ing and bring to an end these frequent
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manded that labor agree that “laws
and regulations shall apply equitably
to both labor and management.’* This:
phrase is used by employers to mean
destruction of the Wagner act, which
was passed to improve labors pre
viously unequal bargaining power.
Both Mosher and Pres. M. W. Cle
ment of Pennsylvania Railroad, who
offered the other plan, called for fact
finding bodies of "disinterested dti
zens” to pass on the issues in any in
dustrial dispute. But it was generally
agreed that no management represen
tatives would concede that such dis
interested citizens would have the
right to look into their records of
costs, prices and profits—the only
basis on which labor might agroc to
such a plan.
Clement also demanded that lahbt
agree to a 50-day cooling-off period in
addition to the time taken by negotia
tion and later by mediation. After ne
gotiations and mediation, the parties
would have to give 10 days notice dC
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