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VOL. XL, NO. 32?’
77 Grade Anc High Schools Close Doors Strike Has Broad 4 Support Of Labor St. Paul, Minn (FP)—The larg est strike in the history of Ameri can teachers began here Nov. 25 as some 1,100 teachers affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers began pacing picketlines in near-zero‘weather. The strike over wage demands closed 77 grade and high schools and gave some 30,000 school chil dren a holiday. Some turned up anyway, saying they wanted to watch their teachers, and in some cases their parents, picket. An 11th hour agreement in near by Minneapolis averted an even larger strike by 2,400 public school teachers which had been scheduled to begin at dawn. Union negotia tors and city officials agreed on terms, to be submitted to the mem bership of AFT Local 238 for ap proval, which included: The Minneapolis teachers had been seeding a boost to $5,000 a year. The St. Paul teachers are seek ing $50 monthly raises retroactive to last September, and additional $50 monthly raise effective Jan. 1, (Turn to Page Two) W. Killer, Heads Porcelain Group At Frenchtown Franchtown, N. J.—Although we have been a little lax in keeping the trade informed on what goes on here in Frenchtown, we want all to know we are still a progressive link in the Brotherhood chain and going along in our usual manner with an occasional flareup here and there, but nothing of a serious nature that cannot be adjusted through the proper procedure. It was decided at our last meet ing to try a new plan in the turn ing department for one month. More details of this plan will be furnished the trade after the trial period. A number of complaints regis tred with the local, will be taken up with officials of the firm in the near future. We had a large turnout at the meeting which resulted in spirited contests in selecting officers for the coming term. Results are as (Turn to Page Three) ^4' 5 ’j OFFICIAL ORGAN NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF OPERATIVE POTTERS E9 Payment in December of a $150 ,. cost-of-living bonus to each teach er a $40 monthly raise beginning $ Jan. 1 and revision of the wage Y* scale by January 1948 to increase the maximum pay of teachers whh bachelor degrees to $4,000 a year wageh ana the pledge of the school board .^w.to support a concrete program, satisfactory to the teachers, to fi nance the new wage scale. & V'U Truman Cabinet Loaded With Big Business Reps, Whitney Charges Cleveland (FP)—“Big business now dominates the U. S. govern ment through its representatives on the Truman cabinet,” President A. F. Whitney of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen charged here November 24 commenting on a speech by Secretary of Com merce W. Averell Harriman before 1,000 New England business and industrial leaders. Referring to Harriman's inplied warning, in connection with the coal crisis, that labor held an “un due concentration of power” in its hands, Whitney retorted that Har riman and several other cabinet members are themselves “out standing examples" of industry's concentration of power. Harriman, the railroad leader union leader asserted, “is the chief buttress of the House of Morgan and Kuhn, Leob Co. banking groups, the real rulers of our mamouth insurance companies, Lincoln, JM.—Merabegt of Local Union 116 recently had the pleas ure of a visit from two of our na tional officials, President James M. Duffy and Secretary-Treasurer Chas. F. Jordan. Too many it market! the first time of personal ly meeting both gentlemen and their visit will long be remem bered. The national officials and shop committee were in session with the officials of the Illinois China Co. the greater part of the day and were successful in ironing out several disputes of long standing. A general atmosphere of coopera tion was stressed from both sides and we were especially pleased with the results as was the firm who seemed at all times willing to cooperate, more so than some of our own members have been in the past. The local met in session the same evening and needless to say the hall was filled to capacity with extra chairs needed to handle the crowd, cleared tions a Both officials spoke and up some of the foggie no few members had. (Turn to Page Two) Oak Ridge Gets Central Labor Union Oak Ridge, Tenn. (FP)—A Cen tral Labor Union composed by 13 AFL locals in this home of atomic energy development has been char tered by President William Green. “The new CLU represents some 7,000 project workers and its goal is ’.complete unionization of Oak Ridge,’ said Kenneth L. Scott, AFL coordinator for the Knoxville area. railroads and commercial banks of New York city This group comprises the most ghastly and threatening concentration of eco nomic power in the history of mankind.” Associated with Harriman in the cabinet, Whitney said, are: “Sec retary of Navy James V. Forrest al, head of the Wall St. bank, Dil lon, Read & Co., prewar bankers for German and Japanese indus try Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson, longtime attorney for the New York money ring Sec retary of the Treasury John W. Snyder, hopeful and active candi date to head one of the large banks of these moneyed interests Secretary of Interior J. A. Krug, who is marking time in his govern ment post while trying to make up his mind which of several large corporations he will allow to favor him with an executive position.” (Turn to Page Three) Ai-1^ a /2-I ii^ i Teachers7 Strike Backed By Students Ball Wants Law to Let Bosses Fight Back These St. Paul, Minn., schoolchildren show they’re supporting their teachers’ fight for higher pay by bringing coffee and doughnuts to the pickets. Some 1,100 members of the American Federation of Teach ers walked out after city officials refused to boost wages. (Federated Pictures). Christmas Party Planned For Dec. 21st At Lincoln X* Jiggermen Retain Digman As Head Of Local No. 12 Although it has been nearly two weeks since our anniversary cele bration, the memory still lingers on as evidenced at Local Union No. 12 Tuesday evening when many took the floor to express keen sat isfaction in the manner in which everything was carried out, and to extend words of praise to the committee for a job well done. To President Duffy and mem bers of the executive board who were with us on the occasion, T. J. Duffy and Will T. Blake, guest speakers, and to those who sent telegrams of congratulations, Wil liam Campbell of Local Union 103, Erwin, Tenn., and James (Cam) Price, who received a silver plaque as a charter member of the local, we take this means of extending our sincere thanks. Routine matters were quickly disposed of in the customary man ner and officers for the new term were installed. The slate includes Guy Digman, president Louis Ro dell, vice president John Weber, recording secretary Francis Cub berly, financial secretary Ernest Torrence, statistician John Ful mer, inspector Harry Podewels, guard Carl Pearson, trustee. With the exception of Rodell and Ful mer who replaces Robert McCor mack and George Lanning, the rest are hold overs and signifies the confidence placed in them in carry ing out the duties of their respec tive offices, by members of the local. Bro. George Lanning was not a candidate for re-election as he pinchhits for Harry Podewels when the latter is working nights. The local found it'necessary to levy a fine on a certain member who ignored a summons to appear before the Standing Committee. This is a serious offense and we hope it may serve as a warning to future violators. A cash donation for the benefit of members of Local No. 77, Man nington, W. Va., will be taken up this week and members are urged to be cause. generous for this worthy Weber and Louis Rodell (Turn to Page Six) John Machinists Sue City For Prevailing Wage ■San Francisco (FP)—The ques tion of whether San Francisco municipal workers should receive wages and conditions prevailing in private industry has been thrown into the courts here with the filing of a suit against the San Francisco civil service commission by the Automotive Machinists Union. The suit charges that the city refuses to pay machinists for eight holidays a year or to pay a dif ferential for swing and midnight shifts, as is customary in private industry. taAS '..••• .■ ,•/* .’•’■ ?''W Must Revise) 5Vagiier ^Lct 27 Decorators Will Elect Officers At Next Meeting EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1946 Strike Ends At Bowers Pottery Mannington■ f' Favors Legal Ctirijs e On Wagner Act Washington (FP)-A bFue print of Republican plans for anti-iabor legislation in the 80th Congress of th^iKt^ai p^aJbl by Senator Joseph Ball. Senator Bourke Hickenlooper. a true union member of organized (Qfrike ten-month strike in (320 was at the Speaker’s table SUF- 1 rounded by some of the nation’s top level reactionaries who cheer ed his message at frequent inter vals as did most of the newspaper men. 4, Mild voiced and almost boyish in manner, Ball presented a program I filled with dynamite. He called for Ball, who at 41 will become his Pacific railway to prevent lumber-laden trainsc from moving. On one side sat President Wil liam K. Jackson of the U. S. Cham ber of Commerce, and on the other Chairman Carroll Reece of the. GOP National Committee. Other nearby included Gerard Reilly,|| W BBSIS former member of the NLRB, Sen-1. ator William F. Knowland and I __ Industry rewriting the Wagner Labor Rela-1 tions act, outlawing the closed Wheeling, W. Va. Sometime shop, mediation or arbitration,with I before Christmas 1946, if the U. compulsion in the final step^ndJS- Military Government authon guarantees of new powers ieriRsn-|kes are successful, there Will be a ployers. (display of German and Japanese Over a period of about 20 yeartpl»lassware ceramics and chinaware Ball said, “we’ve built up the *n New York City. These manu power of unions and decreased thePac^ure^ products will be brought power of employers. Unions today |t° our shores by army transports, have far greater bargaining power w*th no duties being paid. An than employers. The employer |agency of the American govern takes an enormous risk in in-|m«nL the Reconstruction Finance itiating a back to work move-1 Corporation, through the U. S. ment ... he might be forced to I Commercial Co., will put them on reinstate some strikers. *|diplay and sale in this country. “You’ve got to free the employ-1 Naturally the prices quoted on this er at some stage. Give the employ-1 merchandise will be far below the (Tun. Tw.) P™?s ,18le1 fOT 3,milar American 1 products. Does this make sense to the average American glass worker or the potter? Are the pottery and glass manufacturers and their workers to be penalized in this manner in order to put the Japa nese and German governments "The time is not far off when I J""* on their feet? Shall we scrap we will be making resolutions forindustnre and permit the the new year," remarked a liner German and Japanese nations to at our meeting Tuesday evening. J*?1" “ver our busmess here in the "I sincerely hope a MUST on every |rlt'^est market the worldI. liner’s list will be, a firm and de-I R^P1™11 trade agreements and termined effort to secure a satis- tariff-cutting policies must go The factory agreement on the lining Inew c.0IPlnK \n ?n Ja,iu‘ machines” |ary should be informed by every We hope this can be accomplish- worker in pottery and glass that ed in the near future for as time not lnte"d •°l.erate ,hese drags along the situation becomes hondltmus without doing eyery more serious and tends to develop 1‘k'UK our power to ehmmate into a serious matter. We feel our|tha,P' .. ... .. ... national officials have been going '''re btfore W“rl,d all out in their efforts in our be- by the head of our Stale De half, but the results to date leaves |Pa■” Washington, Cordell the matter in the category of "un- «ul: that f,T tra?,e J',th the re£ finished business." of the world w°“ld “P Promot' Nomination for officers for the Peaca “"“ng all nations-so we coming term were opened al our raded steel Possessed last meeting and will remain open to JaP" ^r fhmsy ma enals, cot until our next meeting on Dec. 10 ‘on goods, ets. Result-It has been at which time the election will be s..d, probably some of that Amen held. It is our duty as well as a Uan stee'h!t 2“r I"6" at Pearl “ar’ privilege to aid in selecting those Iboro" that S’®4** rarn"’«' you wish to handle the affairs of the local, so my advice to every __ member is exercise your rights as (Phone WorkerS Set For April labor, willing to do your part in promoting the interests of your Denver (FP) A nationwide trade. (strike, tentatively slated, to begin Third Vice President James (at 6 a. m., April 7, 1947, unless Slaven gave the ‘highlights’ of the (new contract demands are met was recent trouble at the Scio Pottery (announced here by President Co. and the tactics the officials of (Joseph A. Beirne of the National that firm will revert to in denying (Federation of Telephone Workers, their employees the right to join Demands, including substantial the ranks of organized labor. We (wage increases, a union shop and feel the decision handed down by (dues checkoff, will be negotiated the National Labor Relations (with the telephone industry by a Board in penalizing the firm for |7-man committee under the direc their infraction of the laws of the Ition of a 50-member policy com land is not the end of this case, (mittee. The strike action was ap and, before the final curtain is (proved by the 350 delegates st rung down, Mr. Reese and his (tending the NFTW’s 13th national henchmen wftl be more than will- (assembly here, ing to abide by the rules and regu-1 The assembly also approved a lations as laid down in the Wagner (new constitution combining the Act. iNFTW’s 47 autonomous unions in Rumor has it several are con- (to a single union to be known w templating accepting jobs in an (the Communications Workers of unorganized art shop in this vicin- (America. A membership referen ity. My advice to those contem- (dum on the constitution is expect (Tun It fegt Six) |ed not later than June 10, 1947. era California—The kt oi u iiUDI Lumber A. Sawmill W'orkers block the tracks of the Northwestern polQfinnc with tko Nov. state’s senior senator on Jan. 3, (more than than 320 days, the men have been on strike against the days, the men have been on strike against monopoly interests I mnnnlnnv tntnr^caQf r.^ntvollinrr ralifnmio’.- l.inUw Government Backs Sale Of Jap Goods n IGood Neighbor Policy Di- I Slap At Pottery members of the I ft— ma Should Be On Similar Articles Gas Producers Coke Strike By MILES DENHAM For|ment Service. rF"dera7edinp'S)M',trollin,! California’s TCdwood lunber ind“atr with the War Manpower Board through the recommendation ’of President William Green of the American Federation of Labor. He also was Labor Relations Consultant of the Nassau I ... --X __ o Birmingham, Ala. (FP) This IUIWOI! industrial city of 30,000, with its coal supply already cut off as 20,-1 I minute’s loss of time due to s WhI Mr. William J. Frey, who was I connected with the Bowers Com- OL IJ r» jlpany as operating manager, is re 1‘ICCS BflSeu(tained with the new company as Idustry, having previously been Now we in the pottery industry (connected with the Warwick China do not have a quarrel with the (company, Wheeling, -Wy -¥a.y as people of Japan and Germany or Luperintendent The Jackson Vit any other nation, since the war has |rified China Company^ E a 11« ended, but we do believe their Creek, Pa., as general manager manufactured products shipped in- |and the Carr China Company of to this country should sell at or Grafton, W. Va. very near the retail prices asked Mr Winifred Clark will for similar articles manufactured continue plant superintendent, in the United States. I the position he held with the for- Are the potters and the coifi- |mer concern. Mr. Rader has spent pames which employ them asking in the tte busine8B too much when we insist upon an and wiH abJe meet hig re. equal opportunity to sell our mer-| ^gibjjitigg mogt acceptably, chandise in our own American The expectg to get into market. production the second week of Let every employee in the pot-1 lang calls for ex. tery industry notify the congress- ion more than doubling man from his district that a strong the number of production workers protective tariff is absolutely formerly employed at the plant, necessary to safeguard our way I The Pottery of 2lfe* I ized by the late Senator George Bro. Goorge Fnednck, secretary Bowers in 1904 and continuous of Local Union 6, has been re-1 operated under his supervision turned to his home from the Ohio I ntil hig For the thre€ Valley Hospital. George under- yearg his Miss Francefi went a major operation some two gowers Was the chief executive or three weeks ago. His condition and a mogt creditable job until is considered good. ... I the strike which began last Jan- Rabbit hunters from the shop liary have been anything but success-1 cause of the strike was refusal ful. They say there are no rabbits tbe company to be a party to a this year, but Bro. Frank Suchy wrjtten agreement with the union seems to bring one home each covering wages, work regulations end* ... land shop conditions agreed be- The members of No. 6 will beLw«en the two parties. A case was happy to learn Sister Charolete made before the National Labor Pebbler, who was confined to the to comp€i com local hospital for a week or more pliance with federal regulations to is now able to b« out again. j^duce to writing all matters in Bro. Louis Rader, a jiggerman agreement pertaining to wages for many years at the Warwick |and working conditions. At this Continues ill at his home in West|stage the 18% cent proposal be. Wheeling. O. C. 6. |came the basis for continuing the (strike when the company refused Sfrike May Force MEMBER INTERNATIONAL LABOR NEWS SERVICE BE New Owners Take Over And Plant Will Operate Next Week I It is with the greatest of pleasure that we inform I the trade that the strike at the Bowers Pottery has I been brought to a close by the effectuation of a con- I tract with the Mannington Pottery Company, a new’ Pirm. which, through a deal with the George Bowers I family, has acquired all of the plant holdings. The I new company is headed by Donald P. Lollemant as president, whose immediate connection was Labor delations AOVISOT With the United otates Linpioy*FmrJmr .. (general manager and assistant I Made In U. S. treasurer. This gentleman is well ge (proposal. They also injected an- (emption to union membership of a (Turn to Page Six) III—ESeiki I Paf/e EmP Df CIHIflf 000 Alabama miners joined the I N York cj, (ILNS)_App)i. n cation for a temporary injunction faced with the possibility of a curb 7 meXrs of the Cut on its coke-gas supply. L., Union, 10 of the lnter. Coke oven workers,. members °f I national Ladies’ Garment Workers’ District 50, United Mine Workers, I Union to restrain local and in notified three producers of com-1 ternational officers of that organ mercial gas here that they will not I Nation from interfering with their work unless a satisfactory wage|rigbts to attend meetings and to increase is granted. I run for office, was denied by Just- Joe Morris, union director here, I ice James B. M. McNally, Supreme said the workers were asking an I Court, New York county. hourly increase of 20 cents to I The plaintiffs, alleged leaders of cover the rising cost of living. la Communist group in the cutters’ Companies affected will be the I union, were suspended after a trial Alabama By-Products Corp., Sloss-1 in the fall of 1944 from the right Sheffield Steel & Iron Co. and the lof membership—except the right Woodward Iron Co. The three Ito work in the industry and to re produce quantities of commercial reive a working card from the gas which is bought and distribut-1 local. The charges against them ed by the Birmingham Gas Co. ed by the Birmingham Gas Co. I were commission of acts “in viola- I were commission of acts in viola- Gas company officials say they Ition of the union's constitution and may be able to distribute natural I specifically in issuing and distri gas to homes and hospitals but Ibuting leaflets and other printed industrial users will be cut off I material containing scurrilous, de from all supply. ifamatory and derogatory state- $2.00 PER YEAR WILL BE FIRST SANITARY POTTERY IN UNITED STATES MANUFACTURING EXCLUSIVE UNION LABELED PRODUCTS During the war Mr. Lollemant acted in the same capacity Contractors’ Association of Long Island some years ago. Im mediately prior to and during the early stages of the recent world war, Mr. Lollemant was in charge of Labor Relations for the Andrew Weston Construction Co. of N. Y. This con cern built many of the key war plants that produced vital war necessities running into many millions of dollars withont one rikes. in-1 Warehousemen To Elect Officers At Dec. 9 Meeting Local Union 86 had a very good turnout at their meeting Monday evening with business transactions ef the local handled in the custom ary manner and steps taken to promote a program of progressive action for the coming year. First of such steps will be the election of officers for the coming year which will be held at our next meeting on Monday evening, Dec. 9th. This is a very important matter and one in which every member of the local should lend their support in selecting those, whom they feel best qualified to serve their interests. Nominations and election will be held the same evening so be on hand to support your candidate. To those who are continually “crying” on the shop about conditions in the trade, we offer this advice: “Now is the time to register your com plaints, and the proper place is your union meeting hall.” Don’t be classed with the Mon day morning quarterbacks who cant always call the proper play after the game has been played. Get in (Turn to Page Two) Credit—And Union— Begins At Home Boston (FP) The people who look up your credit have started to do something about their own. More, than 100 members of Local 3, United Office & Professional Workers have threatened to strike against the Credit Bureau of Greater Boston, own by the 13 largest Boston department stores. The credit reporters and investi gators demand a $10 weekly pay raise. Present pay is as low as $22 women and $30 for experienced -1for Imen. WIIIS rig/IT BJlarUpTI1 To Penalize te Tactics ments concerning the ILGWU and its officers.” The suspended members appeal ed from the decision of Local 10. to the grievance and appeal commit tee of the ILGWU general execu tive board, which upheld the Local 10 decision. In denying the request for an in junction, Justice McNalily said: “The moving papers fail to estab lish that any serious question of irreparable injury is involved. There are no evidentiary facts which show that the plaintiffs have been deprived of employment by reason of their suspension from membership privileges. The plain tiffs, as far as the papers indicate, were accorded their full rights in the disciplinary proceedings and where hearings of this nature are conducted regularly in accordance with the constitutions and by-laws, this court is without power to re try the issues."