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w h- If -t OFTIC1AL ORGAN NATIONAL 7 OPERATIVE POTTERS VOL. XL, NO. 8 44 BRINGS TO A In the latter part of May at a meet ing between the two organizations, an .. agreement was reached whereby the jraise would become effective on June -1st if the OPA’s ruling waanet hand- fciA v ed down by that date. nespeaee la ‘a-'^F’per cent price "increase asked by the manufacturers to meet the wage boost, OPA after a survey of production costs and profit margains in the industry set the 7 per cent figure which brings manu facturers’ prices to 12.35 per cent above October, 1941, levels. The last increase, a straight 5 per cent, was granted by the OPA in May, 1942. Prices have been frozen since under the stabilization program. Armstrong Again Chosen To Head Local Union 124 Local Union 124 elected officers to head the organization for the next six months at their meeting Tuesday eve ning. The results are as follows: President, Clair Armstrong vice president, Margaret Curley recording secretary, Norman Whippier finan cial secretary, Harold Williams treasurer, Carlos Sayre guard, Grover Jackman inspector, Myrtle Hutchin son statistician, Henry Cresswell. Matters to come before the special conference of decal girls and liners to be held this week at headquarters, were thoroughly discussed with many taking the floor to express their views on problems regarding their respec tive trades. We feel much good will come from this conference and urge every member to be present at our next meeting when a full report of the proceedings will be made. Harold Williams and Howard Moore 1 were chosen to represent the local at the Ohio State Federation of Labor convention which opens in Cleveland on July 29. Our sympathies are extended the family of Sister Ruby McDonough, who died recently.—O. C. 124. The general, non-union public some times thinks that some wbrkers like to strike but no one really strikes for fun, Edward Wahl, well-known writer on labor subjects, declares in ean interesting article in the July issue of THIS MONTH magazine just out. Describing in detail exactly what transpires on the picket line from his personal observation, author Wahl concludes: “No one likes the smell of tear gas. The sound of club on skull is a pecu liar and hollow one. A man dragged by an auto doesn’t yell, he screams. And whea it gets really rough, well, horses don’t like to step on you but sometimes they’re forced to.” In part, the article reads as follows: “Only a damn fool will try to race through a picket line at thirty miles an hour. He invariably loses his nerve j£ «K v??- brotherhood of CJjOSE v calling for an 18^-cent wage increase' for employees of the industry, pend ing approval of the Wage Stabilize tion Board and OPA granting the manufacturers an increase in the sell ing price of their product, to compen sate for the wage raise. On May 8th, the first barrier was cleared in processing the agreement to become a reality. The Wage Stab ilization Board gave their approval for the 18X,.-cent hourly raise for em ployees of the industry and the case was then referred to the OPA for their ruling on a increase in the selling price for the manufacturers. While the case was pending in the hands of the OPA for the “all clear” sign for the raise to become effective, much unfest was created throughout the trade and Brotherhood officials were put to no ends length, quelch ing the various rumors and restoring harmony within the ranks, hoping from day to day for a ruling from the OPA. S'S' F- Manufacturers Get Per Cent Price Increase For Ware g**'*”"T NEGOTIATIONS WITH GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES FOR ADJUSTMENT IN PRICE CEILING Following closely on the heels of the 18i/-cent wage increase for employees of the pottery industry which became effective on June 1, members of the United States Potters Association were informed by governmental authorities last week that the Office of Price Administration had approved a 7 per cent increase in the selling price of ware. This brings to a close prolonged negotiations which began at the wage conference in Atlantic City in March, at which time an agreement was reached between the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters and the United States Potters Association, Wage Boost Granted In New Contract Therapy Treatments For Canadian Potters St. Johns, Que.—The new negotia ting committee of Local 78, St. Johns, Quebec headed by Chairman Eugene Dulude, in addition to Alphonse Le Blanc George MacDonald Ben Greendale Joseph Hemmings and Do nat Genier, and assisted by Vice Presi dent Wheatley, finished negotiating a new contract with the Canadian Pot teries Company, Ltd., represented by Mr. Arthur Burgner. The negotiations which began on June 11th and finished on the 13th, resulted in a general increase in wages amounting to 12% if figured straight across the payroll. The management and the Union, because of existing in equalities between the piece workers and the hourly wage workers, agreed to graduate the application of the. Wage increases which were to be ap plied in ranges from 5% to as high as 33%. There is no 18 -cents pfer hour wage pattern as yet in Canada, and the War Labor Board must ap prove all wage increases the same as was practiced during the War. The new wage increases will mean the em ployees of the Canadian Potteries Company, Ltd. will earn higher wages than any workers in the St. Johns area, and are on a par or better than rates earned anywhere in the Prov ince of Quebec. The relationship be tween the management and the Union is on a par with the relationship which exists between management and the Brotherhood in the plants through out the United States. The new contract provides for a con tinuation of the Union Shop clause two weeks vacation pay and the many other advantages that have been at tained in the recent years of bargain ing with the management. Mr. Burgner announced to V. P. Wheatley and the Local Committee that the Aluminum Therapy Treat ment for silicosis has been approved by the Crane Company for its Cana dian plant, and used the name of the Brotherhood of Operative Potters as (Turn to Page Six) Artware Workers Name New Officers Sebring, Ohio—The following offi cers were elected to serve Local Union 178, artware workers, for the ensuing term: President, Leslie Hawk vice president, Harold Agnew recording secretary, John Dorff treasurer, Ev elyn Hendershot defense secretary, James Simpson financial secretary, George Court inspector, Dan Floor guard, Alice Reedy trustee, Don Wat kins. O. C. 178. when a striker leaps firmly in front of the car. Visions of a trial for mur der are too much for the scab down goes his foot on the brake pedal. Be fore he knows it, dozens of hands are pushing his car back ... or over. He doesn’t get through. “A more experienced strikebreaker halts about ten yards from the picket line. He throws the gear into first and moves slowly first gear is the most powerful. He knows to, that if he knocks anyone down he won’t be faced with a manslaughter charge or worse. Consequently he keeps his nerve. If one or two are banged up or dragged, he shrugs. “They asked for it,” he’ll tell you. “And they have asked for it. From the security of their benches and the comradeship of the factory, they’ve gone out to walk aimlessly in a cold I ’n t. ■k i Local 51 Sending Four Delegates To Atlantic City -1 Canonsburg, Pa. Nomination of officers for the coming term were opened at our last meeting. The elec tion will be held at our next meeting on June 24 and members should make it their business to be on hand and voice their choice with the ballot. The following have been chosen to represent Local 51 at the convention: Roy Patton, warehouseman John Mamrack, packer Cliff Rawlings, kilnfireman William Donkin, caster. This will be Bro. Patton’s first ap pearance as a delegate. He has been very active in the affairs of the local and has served on numerous com mittees. The health program for the shops here in Canonsburg seems to be bog ging down. Efforts are now,under way for a meeting with the manufac turers in an effort to have the Mobile Unit here in the near future. The by-laws committee composed of Brothers John Mamrack, chair man Roy Patton, Charles Atkinson, Cliff Rawlings and Clarence Meione have completed revision of the pres ent laws and introduced them at the last meeting for the first reading. They will be up for two more read ings before adoption. During the past two weeks, two of (Turn to Page Six) picket line. Somewhere, the general Aon-union public has acquired the idea that workers like to strike. Brother, they hate it. They hate every tense second of it. Why? Let’s go out with a newly struck factory and see. “We’ve just walked out that is, most of us have. We’ve been working in a large assembly plant that makes dials and meters for commercial use. Our working hours have been cut from 48 to 40. Including overtime pay at time and one-half, we have actually suffered a loss of 12 pay hours. That’s a big cut. “We don’t know yet exactly what we’ll demand it will probably be five to ten dollars more a week and added job security. But that isn’t the imme diate reason street now watching us 4% ■rf .co2?-!-j fc**j* t*j the local is cooling off summer months. As this anniversary year, the cal had quite a few events, Socially, during the is our 45th endar has namely, the farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. James Green in January the Potters’ Armory in Party at the Ball held at the U. S. March, and the Polka Slovak hall in May. committee is now for- The social mutating plans for the local picnic to be held in the near future. This will be followed by our Victory Ball hon oring returned servicemen to be held in the fall. we’re milling in the with from company guards behind the gate. seSi S' •i XK-' I She J? otters lie raid ft 1 ,'t S 5?-“ V,v tr'ii'fA .t 4 .. I 4?. ,. EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1946 SURE TO FOLLOW rz 1? & ,r. Wt At 1' f: ft ■t* I a Trade Topics Discussed Officers Elected For Ensuing Term Activities among the finishing trade were thoroughly discussed at a meet ing of Local Union 53 on June 13th. Plans were formulated to meet the is sues at hand as well as those (which we heard via the grapevine) are in the making. Never in the opinion of your O. C. is there a more urgent need for a full representation of our membership at every meeting than at the present time. Conditions in the trade are somewhat like the weather, they seem to change from day to day, and if we are not prepared to meet these new issues when they are in troduced and handle them in the prop er manner, then irregularities creep into the trade and in the course of (Turn to Page Six) Labor Views On Case Bill Veto Washington (FP)—The following labor comments on Pres. Truman’s veto of the Chse bill and the House action upholding the veto were issued June 11. Pres. William Green, AFL: “The President’s veto of the Case bill reflects a high standard of states manship and courage. A careful read ing of his painstakingly prepared mes sage makes it clear that he was in fluenced by a determination to serve the best interests of all the people of the nation. “Time will uphold the soundness of his judgment and vindicate the wis dom of his action. I am confident that the President’s veto will meet with (Turn to Pagt Two) No One Strikes For Fun, Author Declares In Magazine Article The corporation has fired our union president. They want a fight and we have to give it to them. Most of us anyway about five per cent are hang ing out of the factory windows, watch ing us. Later on they’ll jeer but right now it’s fairly quiet. They are the “loyal” workers. ,4' “We walk down the street in large groups until we reach the union office. Everything is in confusion. The mim eograph machine is creaking anxious ly the president, surrounded by crit ics and friends, is explaining the de tails of the day for the twentieth time the office girl is frantically try ing to locate Mr. Harmody at the national office. “Finally a list of demands is agreed upon by the committee, and the offi cers open a meeting for discussion and pep talks. We’re critical of the de- f*,. 4‘ s. [V 4 a f? Duffy Visitor At Last Meeting Of Local Union 99 Clarksburg, W. Va.—The members of Local Union 99 wasted little time in transacting routine business mat ters at their meeting Monday evening in order that ample time would be af forded our national president, James M. Duffy, who was a welcomed visi tor at the session. President Duffy gave us a very in teresting and educational talk on the importance of cooperation and the benefits to be gained if we function in the spirit of a true labor organiza tion. He stressed the importance of every member securing a copy of the constitution and by-laws of the or ganization and to study them care fully, pointing out the proper pro cedure to settle the various problems that arise from time to time, can easily be settled if we adhere to the policies adopted by the Brotherhood. Mention was also made as to the proper manner in handling difficulties at our local meetings when members become unruly. A study of the book of Roberts’ rules was recommended to curb this practice. Vice Presidents Chadwick and Slaven recently dropped in on us un expectedly and enlightened us on sev eral questions. We take this oppor tunity to thank these officials for their visit and want them to know the welcome sign is always out for them or any other official who hap* pens to be in our neighborhood. Bros. Forest Sargent, Augustine Mazzie and Dave Bevan were elected to represent the local rat the conven tion in Atlantic City. I” Due to a change in vacation plans a special meeting was held June 17, to elect officers for the coming term. The vacation for the clayshop will start July take on June 24 and continue until 8th. The rest of the shop will one week beginning July 1st. (Turn to Page Two) mands at first. Some hothead wants to ask for a fifty per cent raise an other, quickly marked as a company stooge, makes an effort to break mor ale, either by suggesting the strike is already lost or by initiating a ru mor that the company brought in tear gas or machine guns. After much de bate a majority agrees to a set of re quirements. “Picket squads are formed, ten so men with a captain. Cards are sued as fast as they can be made to keep a check on picket duty and entitle the bearer to strike benefits. Someone sings SOLIDARITY FOR EVER but the tune is drowned out by a more popular ballad. “Next day at 6:30 the picket line begins. The oncoming shift isn’t due until eight but lines must be organ ized and instructions given. We’re at or is up ., HI .*<p></p>Upholds Work On New Kiln Delayed At Buffalo Three-Week Shutdown Of Plant In October Buffalo, & Y.—Owing to circum stances beyond control, construction of the new kiln at the Buffalo Pottery will not be started until approximate ly the middle of July. This will bring our plant shutdown about October 1st. Since this is rather late for a summer vacation, the management will grant the eligible employees the privilege of taking their vacations before the shutdown if they so desire. Employees are urged to contact their department al heads before making any reserva tions in order that too many from any one department will not be off work at the same time, thereby crippling production. Bear in mind there will be a shutdown of at least three weeks during the changeover period in Oc tober. The matter of starting a cafeteria has been brought to your O. C.’s at tention and in my humble way I will try and give you the details. If enough persons are interested, per haps we can make this a reality. The food would be brought to you each day by the Cease Cafeteria Co. who specialize in delivering cooked foods, ready to eat, when delivered. Under this plan it would not be necessary for the firm to install expensive equip ment, and would enable them to as sure you good meals at cost. Next we need a place where the food can be served and it should have the prop er atmosphere so you can enjoy your meal. This should also be a recreation center. Last but not least, is your opinion of the proposed setup. Talk it over in the shop with your bench mates and inform the editor of the “Pottery Post” of your opinion who will publish it in the weekly paper circulated throughout the shop. “Whitey” Weiczorek, mouldmaker, (Turn to Page Two) Umber ger, President Of Local Union 177 Robinson, Ill.—Local Union 177 met in regular session in June 6 and elect ed officers for the ensuing term: President, Floyd Umbarger vice president, Kenneth Brown recording secretary, Pliffer Egbert financial secretary, Noble Waldrop treasurer, Charles Osborne defense secretary, Stoy Garrard guard, David Knoblett trustee, Ralph Pfiffer. The new shop committee is com posed of Kenneth Brown, Omar Wood ard and Orville Miller. O. C. 177. the main gate with about a hundred others. Miraculously the signs are ready. One of the veterans shoulders a big American flag. “The block-square factory is already ringed by a dozen lines. Because most trouble is expected where we are, our group moves in a large circle so that there are always two lines in front of the gate. If we stop moving we’ll be arrested for loitering, so we strag gle around in the dull morning. Coffee appears, in little cardboard contain ers. It tastes of paper but the warmth feels good. A pint of rye is removed from a striker’s pocket, tagged and put in the office safe. We’re set. Now the cops arrive. There’s at least thirty of them. They are young, which is to the good, for they’ll be more inclined to sympathize with us. But we also notice they’re nervous. House Narrowly I I’'"- Bl Case Bill Veto •MOVE TO SHACKLE LABOR FAILS AS PRESIDENT SAYS MEASURE STRIKES AT SYMPTOMS AND IGNORES CAUSES Washington (FP)—The Case labor-shackling bill wfeht into the discard June 11 as Pres. Truman vetoed the measure and the House barely sustained the veto. The count was 255-135 to over ride, just short of the necessary two-thirds. The outcome was in doubt until the end of the voting, and when it was announced mixed applause and boos filled the House chamber, which had been tense and quiet. A change of five nay votes to aye would have upset the result. Pres. Truman’s lengthy veto message objected to the Case bill principally on the score of “whether it will help to stop strikes -----------------------------------------------------•and work stoppages and prevent other & ■isfts m-w./ MEMBEB INTERNATIONAL LABOR NEWS SERVICE 1 practices which adversely affect our economy. I am convinced that it will not” “I trust”, the President said, “there will be no confusion in the minds of the members of the Congress or in the minds of the public between this bill and my request on May 25 for emergency legislation.” He said that legislation applied only to strikes against the government and asked again it be passed. The sections of the Case bill deal ing with welfare funds, so-called rack eteering, organization of supervisors, union liability in the courts, and boy cotts, the message said “are a few of the many complex problems which must be studied with infinite care be fore the proper solutions are found and incorporated into permanent leg islation.” Of the fact-finding provision, the President said “it is difficult to under stand why the Congress has applied it to public utilities but has omitted it entirely in other industries of equal_ importance." Although saying private employers should not be given again the injunc tion weapon against unions, he said: “Injunctions requested by the govern ment itself, and designed to restrain strikes against the government in cases where refusal to work for the government has produced a condition of national emergency, are, to my (Turn to Page Two) Party Held By Local Union 205 After Meeting Tiffin, Ohio.—At our last meeting in May, Local Union 205 elected of ficers for the new term. It was very gratifying to see the fine turnout which tripled the attendance of any previous meeting. Those elected are as follows: President, Ralph Bender, Jr. vice president, Robert Pearce financial secretary, Rose Bernard re cording secretary, William W. Tate guard, Bess Shouder inspector, Ralph Brown, Jr. President Bender appointed John Weber and Lester Eastman on the shop committee. The latter was named chairman. Others will be ap pointed as needed. We wish to thank President Duffy and Vice President Turner and the special committee composed of Ralph Bender, Jr., Robert Pearce, Frank Kovaskitz and William Gardner for their splendid work in securing our wage increase. We also include a pat on the back for Mr. Ross Stoffer, president of “the company for his very cooperative manner in dealing with, our representatives. Following the meeting the enter tainment committee took over and as (Turn to Page Two) The town hadn’t had much industry before the war. This may be the first strike detail for the cops. If it is, we’re in for trouble. “Nervous police are the worst ene mies a striker can meet. By the way they hold their sticks and reach for their gun holsters, we can tell they’re scared. Experienced cops use their clubs scientifically, aiming for the shoulder. A blow like that is paralyz ing but doesn’t do any harm. There is no guessing what rookies may do. “The first car draws up but is forced to pull to a stop with the strik ers blocking the path. There is nq guessing what rookies may do. “The first car draws up but id forced to pull to a stop with the strik ers blocking the path. There is no violence. Just: “Better not try to go (Turn to Page Pive^ is $2.00 PER YEAR Truman •t 1 4 t« jf A.