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u ft* $ T.r ML 4 .- I •4. 0.<p></p>On Jw» i iK*£‘ -S'. 14' (4 ,f 4V ,y w vj OFFICIAL ORGAN 1 NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF OPERATIVE POTTERS VOL. XL, NOUfr 4 _____ ff New Spirit Shown By Members Of Local Union 175 Coshocton, Ohio.—Since my last letter to the ‘Herald’, we have been blessed with a little sunshine here at Local Union 75 the at tendance has been on the steady upclimb and it looks like once again we can truthfully brag that Local Union 75 is a real progres sive unit in the Brotherhood chain. The last and final analysis of the agreement reached at the re cent wage conference was ex plained in detail, and I am sure every member of the local is fa miliar with every phase of the new provisions embodied in the pact. I trust every member of L. U. 75 will make every effort to be .present at our next meeting when we vote in the primary election for national officials and delegates to the A FL convention. The various candidates who are running for office would much rather be elected by a large vote ^^than a small one I have heard ^Mmembers say they were opposed to ^^certain officers well, I believe r" 'those officers would rather have him express that opposition at the (Turn to Page Tvoi John R. Steelman, Hail "Forgotten Ft Ottawa, Canada.—Fifteen thous and citizens of Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, including more than 50 members of Parliament, saw performances of the MRA play “The Forgotten Factor” and other presentations during the past two weeks. At the performances cables were WHread from John R. Steelman, in dustrial advisor to President Tru man, from British government and opposition leaders, trades union of ficials and shop stewards, civic leaders, and from miners and their leaders in the major coal fields of Britain. The showings of the plays, in cluding the teen-age play “Drug store Revolution,” which was given in all the high schools of the city, were part of a city-wide campaign. The cast was invited by the Ot tawa Trades and Labor Associa tion and by the Ottawa Typo graphical -Union to address their p*» «4 Green Regrets CIO Refusal To Confer Mr. Green, who first had pro posed the organic merger, reiter ated in letters addressed to Mr. Murray and to Chairman Taft of the Senate Labor Committee, the willingness of the AFL to discuss a merger, but expressed his deep disappointment that the CIO was prepared only to consider moves for a united front against un friendly legislation. Setting forth the position of the 1 AFL in unmistakable terms, Mr. Green wrote Mr. Murray and Sen 51 ator Taft the following letters: v Text of Letter to Murray “Dear Mr. Murray: 4 *“You make it clear in your let ter dated February 18th that you declined the request I submitted in a communication sent you dated u January 31st, that you and your associates meet with reprerenta '****^tet« of* the American Fdderati/m of Labor for-the purpose of creat-1 ing a united organized labor move ment on a sound and permanent basis. We deeply regret this ac ^M tion on your part. “The members of the Executive (Turn to Page Two) AFL Merger NowI v* MB fl I'^Mfl iBkl Washington, D. C.—AFL President William Green ex-1 pressed deep regret that the Congress of Industrial Organi-I zations “declined” his request for a conference to discuss I merging the two groups into the mightiest labor unit the I world has ever known. I Mr. Green, from a recent meeting of the AFL Executive I r Council in Miami, invited the CIO to talk over plans fori (amalgamation of the two groups on an organic basis. Philip I /Murray, CIO president, after consultations with his leading I colleagues, replied they would discuss establishment of a united front by labor against anti labor bills, but would defer con sideration of other matters until the legislative issues had been set tled. type of work. Aw, ... 9 i’ .Jac West Coast Firm -^.j I Signs New Pact With Brotherhood I Stockton, Calif.—The conference the United States Potters Asso- I a I committee of Local Union 171, I headed by Second Vice President I Frank Hull, recently met with offi- I cials of the Laurel Pottery Com- I pany and negotiated a new wage I agreement. The pact provides for I each of the features incorporated I in the national agreement between I I ciation and the National Brother- hood of Operative Potters as of last January in Washington, D. C. In addition to the prescribed for the establishment of piece I \\a I The negotiations were of peaceful nature and the manage-1 snow-bound cities, teachers’ strikes ment complimented the members and two governors in some states of U. 171 for the splendid co- of ua no doubt are beginning operation they are extending to „. ,, I tion and improve the quality of the product V* VR I I clauses, the agreement provides I I work in several departments where I. our inembers have been working I at day wage rates. Piece work was 1 also established in the kiln plac ivg d^paetmevt and data is being assembled for the purpose establishing piece work rates in the dipping department. J»4«« t£ iLocaLUiiion 130” Maps Plans For A Record Vote & I In these days of price inflation, the company in behalf of an im- the le of these United stateg proved product. 5, Officials of the Department of the ?maries is just a8 im. Labor have said that the new or- der establishes the highest mini- British Leaders. meetings. Both groups publicly eh- dorsed the work of the MRA task force in the city. “As president of the Ottawa Typographical Union,” wrote Bob ‘•fc wonder just what .g store for On the home front, locally, Since the advent of the Laurel thfa are a bit different wbere we Pottery Company the pottery are carrying along in our usual industry they have experienced a eful manner and fonowing senes of difficulties including a the principles of a true democratic major fire which completely de- irit In this respect we must not stroyed about one-third of the overlook our obligation in the pri plant. Reconstructmn plans in- election now before the elude the installation of a modern trad to gelect officialg to head jiggenng department equipped the organi2ation for the next two with chain conveyors with suffi- |vears cient capacity to double produc- ly TT I l°* Local Union 171 has developed in* on March 14 and have made into a stalwart organization and Preparations which will enable are fortunate in being officered by vote regardless competent individuals who are do- ^^^’^/hey may be work ing a splendid job, resulting in1"*- Pol,J wil be open from 2 to contractual relationship represent- 4 P- m- for a« those working on ing all that could be hopid for.- the, "’°rnmg and afternoon shifts, lan* Is Set In Massachusetts I Boston, Mass.—The State De “ry J’L‘*1? Union 130 will take care ma^er at their next meet- again the evening during lour regular session which will af- I Minimum 60-Cent Scale ford all an opportunity to register their choice. To those who feel it isn’t neces- partment of Labor and Industnes |abo and has ordered a nummum wage of th means y)u owe to «0 cents an hour, effective March |f 1, for all experienced clerical and to sh ,fc and snnilar worhers in the State. id organisation A ballot I as Hthe enera) JelKtion. I*' TT mum wage in the country for that I Every member of Local Union I130 shou,d I keeP thls thought in mind and make it a point to ex- e lercise their duty and privilege and I be on hand March 14 and support I I ctor At Ottawa their candidate at the polls.— 130-■ la aa iLeCVeS I ^x- '. "-■.. t- i ... /'•. .4? 1. .r .- :.., ’K’~’ .., X* ',4V* *-w s jb rttOe a OT IO A BA lg Of r0101011 OST I Ford in a letter to the cast, “I I Edwin James, a member of would be derelict in my duty not iLocal Union 131, National Brother only to the union but to the public I hood of Operative Potters and em if I did not inform you of the I ployed as a batterout at the Hall splendid work you are doing in the I China Company since December, building of our country.” I left the trade last week to accept Steelman’s wire, which arrived la patrolman’s beat on the Wells as the opening performance began, Iville City police force, read, “Congratulations to the I Mr. James began his duties last Committee of Invitation on bring- I Saturday and will serve a 90-day ing to the Dominion Capital this probation period, dramatic portrayal of effective teamwork.” “As members of Parliament, Iman prison camp. After his dis both government and opposition, I charge from the service, he was a we send warmest, greetings from I guard at the Timken Roller Bear Westminster to you.” called 18 ling Co. at Canton for a year be Brltish MP’s to Humphrey Mitch-1 fore accepting employment on the ell, Canada’s Minister of Labor. I Milo Christian crew at the Hall ‘Already 145 membeis of the I China plant. He resides with his (Turn to Page Two) sister, Mrs. Carl Reed. 4 A veteran of World War II, Mr. James spent 27 months in a Ger- .$•■!,■ J! his of the American Federation of Teachers. Pictures Of Union Label Exhibition Witnessed Here Before a large audience of trade unionists representing the building crafts, retail clerks, bakers, paint ers and members of the pottery industry affiliated with the Na tional Brotherhood of Operative Potters, movies taken at the A. F. of L. Union Label and Industrial Exhibition were shown Wednesday evening in the Brotherhood hall. The exhibition without a doubt is the greatest event of its kind in the history of the American labor movement and proved to those present the value of the Union Label in stabilizing the purchas ing power of our dollar. Five reels of movies taken at the show were shown with James Walsh, a member of the Union Label Trades Department of the A. F. of L., explaining in detail the special features exhibited at each booth. The pictures showed as the crowds swirled through the aisles of the exhibition hall, the larger portion of the crowd milled around the National Brotherhood of Op erative Potters booth in an effort to see the ware-making show, (Tum to Page Three) :W Witters lie void I EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIQ, THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 1947 _m mi um *•.-<p></p>HELD PICNIC TO BE AT IDORA PARK*L pv .5s3 '4 y 1' & *& a i ty s State Officials -r- 3*' j- W* 1 -*vjp^■4i-^ .-*?? 2£u SOMETHING SMELLS I w H'.. Of aft ai I Wil I I CCivllvl Mr. Kuenzli cited the situation in Buffalo as a typical ex- ample of issues confronting teachers in every part of the na-(Monday, tion, despite reluctance of teachers associated with the Amer- BbT I __________ the statement issued by Irvin R. Kuenzli, secretary-treasurer Ilout the duties entrusted ican Federation of Labor to halt educational activities. The (members, there was a teachers’ strike in Buffalo was not inaugurated by the Amer- tendance American teachers throughout the ,a help,ng ha"d to cation adopt a no-strike policy DUTY OF EVERY MEMBER TO CAST BALLOT AT POLLS On page five of this issue of the Potters Herald will be found a replica of the official ballot for the primary election of national officers and delegates to the American Federation of Labor con vention. The facsimile, in accordance with law, will appear in each issue of the Potters Herald during the 'entire voting period of the primary election. Members are urged to scan the list and be guided by their judgment in' selecting, those whom they feel, best qualified to guide the organization during the next two years. All members are urged to vote in both the primary and gen eral election. I Buffalo was not authorized by the [local by card. ■$ y I Leaders Backing Drive I Leaders of all organized labor I I I I have pledged active support to the I gB American Red Cross drive to raise I Endorsing the drive, President I I I I served in the councils of the Red I Cross in wartime and peactime,” I John. L. Lewis, president of the I United Mine Workers of America, (urged “all men and women I will to respond generously.” I Speaking for the Brotherhood of (Railway and Steamship Clerks, (Freight Handlers, Express and (Station ., .... .|ar? (Harrison, president, said: I I I funds.” I I I la I your forthcoming appeal x"~ 1 C|||2lcooperation of his organization I ^e were glad to read wliff nj ^Mland pledged the same support as (national picnic committee has been ♦lean Federation of Libor, but drew |turn»ut °ur firBt the local’ uSAnFtnCF„4tPP,°nj"F. S*bn4g from Mr. Kuenzli an observation Ia.!4 °t* .ommittw. that conditions there were only a l„„W.,,wS?, e v'ry .glad taTa p'a" “"4. S' reflection of the sorry plight off Hai »le. ba?k “K,al" and extremely difficult for the AFL to I thing in this locality seems to have maintain its no-strike policy, he I taken an upward trend but our sa*^* I wages, which are far too “It also is a sad commentary on I enable us to maintain a American education that in the (standard of living, richest nation in the world, the I Every working conditions of teachers (urgently requested to vote have fallen so low that to main- (primary election row before the tain a no-strike policy 100 per cent I trade. We would like to be able to is almost impossible.” report every member on t..~ has been given in wartime drives. |aPP°inted and has already made FfaVe I MUST Chicago, Ill.—Charges that the strike of Buffalo school Ifln°n1ISlttee teachers was forced by the attitude of the Buffalo School I IHCraaS© ^OyS ul^to L™ Board and the New York State Legislature were contained in vv aae $cribe FrOttl 156 I I Discussing the general tether las having voted. .:n ideg for a ceil situation*throughout the country, I A withdrawal card was granted I month for simrle vet Mr. Kuenzli said: to Virginia Shasteen, and Naomi a^th for veterans •■While the teachers* strike Kinley was welcomed into the American Federation of Teachers, I It is nice to have John Davis ldenendenta our hearts go out to teachers who I back again. I _________________________ face deplorable working conditions I Outside of Bro. Hartford Patter- which force them to violate na-1 son, who is improving nicely from tional policy. They do this only as a broken leg, everyone around here a last resort. Jis disgustingly healthy. “Under such conditions as con- I I intended to put in a plug for front them, the school administra-1 “Red” Waton again, but can’t seem tions and boards of education are I to find out if he’s buying or sell responsible for the strike rather png one this time. Which is it than the teachers. |Red?—O. C. 156. “It is time the boards of edu- I (Turn to Page Five) by|jP/a/)f$ 1■ I I PFOIYIISGCI IgFQQK f|j MAR 10 1817 7 ’^Linuir IS 52. Icommittee Picks lYoungstown Park MM A nM [James M. Duffy said that the Red Beautiful Idora Park at Youngstown, Ohio was the site Lx ILX°LX„,IX.VS“chosen, and June 14, Flag Day, the date set for the 1947 out country,” and praised its war-||?« re™ion °f the National Brotherhood of Operative related as well as its peacetime ac-1 Potters, at the executive meeting of the picnic committee held Itivities. “it is my sincere hope I I Testifying as “one who has I I last Saturday evening at N. B. of 0. P. headquarters. that the wage earners in the pot-1 Three other parks competed with Idora for the honor, Itery industry will give as gener (Rock Springs Park of Chester, W. Va., Meyers Lake of Can lously as possible to this most ton, Ohio, and Kenny wood Park of Pittsburgh. Representa- Iworthy movement,” he added. Itives of each amusement resort were present during the eve- ning and laid their respective proposals before the committee.* Sebring Local To TZdlVofe Similarly, D. B. Robertson, pres lident of the Brotherhood of Loco- lvote in the Pomary election for motive Firemen and Enginemen (national officers. In order that all (pledged his support, stating that I1™* opportunity to reg Ihe believed the Red Cross “has (i*ter their choice at the primary, done, is doing, and has yet to do (the P°1Is wiI1 °Pen at 12 noon and big job, and that I can conscien- (remain open until the close of the FA Itiously ask that every member of (meeting. If you C^nupt attend the Philip Murray, president of the tfw|CI0, predicted the wholehearted In Primary Monday, Mar. 10 Sebring, Ohio.—Although Febru- Employees, ^George *M~ 24 the ni^ht of our la8t meet- lin& “We enthusiastically endorse l°«e for drivers and walkers alike, (the good work done by the Amer- (with chains and creepers needed, (ican Red Cross and appeal to our I tocal nion 44 had an excellent |850,OCO members to respond to |»ttendance. turned out to be a treacherous Local Union 44 had an excellent for I are looking forward to see ling the same faces at our next meeting on March 10 when we will z ■sz think bert qwiiited l^e for positions. where small at- I the material for a top-notch nine compared with the usual and would like to hear from other Iriitm/iiir or niir firct in llrwMllM in filinnnFTJlKF RUAn pre8'- IM countrv jdent many matters which were Inounce the death of Elmer (Pat) (taken care of Monday night. I McCowan who passed away “It is a deplorable fact in Amer- I President “Wig” Whisler, was in I Feb. 25. He was a jiggerman ican education that in many cities |£agt Liverpool last Saturday dis- I the French-Saxon and beloved and towns throughout the country I cussing plans for a wage increase lall who knew him. boards of education are making it I which we certainly deserve. Every- I low to decent member of Local the (tentative plans for a bigger and (better reunion in 1947. Sebring representatives on the [through to line rt^le to carrying East Palestine, Ohio. Local I While mentioning picnic, how Union 156 met in regular session (about a baseball team from this (business was important to all March 3 and although the I city to play in the all-star game I to them, at the reunion. I am sure we have on at by (Turn to Page Tsool I House Group Backs Jump I In Veterans’ Allowances 156 is I Washington, D. C.—Legislation in the ^)een aPProve^ by House 1 Veterans’ Affairs Committee pro auie w Pos‘n* substantial increases in the the^roU |ce*^nS8 on allowances for veterans I participating in on-the-job train- 1^ de„b fand I for those tw0 or more I ... |railroad labor leaders in a report Vv GGTIler 1°^ A group of the smaller pot-1 moment—the matter of bringing Iteries in the East Liverpool and I wages and living costs into bal ISebring district were promised a lance. I break this week in the long siege I This declaration was a reitera lof winter weather which forced Ition of the firm position taken long them to close down on account of Iago by the AFL that increasing a natural gas shortage. I What they regarded as the na- Ition’s most crucial problem of the living costs can be met only by ac- The break in the weather is' ex- Icompanying pay raises. pected to send the mercury to I Members of President Truman’s around 37 degrees, enabling the I advisory economic council appeared gas companies to lift the ban on I deeply impressed by the view of gas for firing kilns. I the labor spokesmen and were re- A check of the larger plants in I ported to have urged the Chief Ex the district revealed no interrup- lecutive to take steps to haul down tion of production when the cold I excessive prices if an economic wave struck, as many of them Icrash is to be averted. I (Turn to Page Five) George Harrison, president of I George Harrison, president of] 'r^'i -*Sl,rf^fc'4(i ''Wwc1" ■‘j-.Jr&’K'hi MEMBER INTERNATIONAL LABOR NEWSSERVICE v 1 .t 52.00 PER YEAR .. i. lYlUSl OUIldDICBB%BIB It is the plan of the committee to make the first post-war outing a program of an unusually high order in the hope of establishing a new high attendance record. Transportation facilities for pot tery towns curtailed somewhat during the war years, will again be one of the main features given consideration by the committee. Aside from the great variety of amusement features on the ground, fine swimming in one of the finest swimming pools in the United States, the committee expects to put on a great baby show, a penny scramble for the kiddies, and a superb athletic program, culminat ing with a baseball game between two of the best teams in the pot tery industry. There will also be the usual free dancing with high grade orchestra music from 2 to 4 p. m., uiuf the usual loiflt list of 4 attractive prizes for free distribu tion among those who hold the lucky numbers given away at the gate. “We recognize the fact that it has been five years since our last picnic and many of our members have served their country in the armed services since the last re union, and we are going to dedi cate this picnic to them and hope (Turn to Page Six) Hollydale, Calif.—At our last meeting we installed the following officers: President, Wesley Riden our vice president, John Bratcher recording secretary, Clare C. Mat zek financial secretary-treasurer, Carmen Morales. I would like to say to our own membership that in these officers we have a fine set of executives, and I believe it is our duty to show our appreciation of them by making it a point to attend the meetings of the local regularly. This is nothing more or less than our duty, and we ought not to be delinquent on that score. Let’s re solve to give them all the help we can, and after all one of the best ways we can help is by being faith ful in attendance. Balloting in the primary elec tion for national officers will be held at our next meeting. We would like to see every member of (Turn to Page Two) I I I AflaerS Tell TrU/YIOn JlaVISOFS Wage And Living Costs Must Balance I UUGUCrJ VII UIIIUII #«U VI9 Washington, D. C.—Stern warn ing that price climbs must be halt ed or that wages must necessarily be raised proportionately was served on President Trunfan’s Council on Economic Welfare by •M ■f I ►It was after midnight before all were heard and the decision of the committee was reached. 7 Hi 1 A ft ft-,. i- i i i is** 'i fe 4-JI ■■-JWI New Officers For Local Union 196 On West Coast 14 I I (2 the Railway Clerks (AFL), as committee chairman, presented the main points, but the other rail union leaders also participated ac tively. All emphasized that a crisis con fronts America, because the cost of living has far outstripped work ers’ earnings. Unless this gap is closed, they warned, an economig breakdown is inevitable. What makes matters worse, they said, is that both wholesale and retail prices are continuing to rise, and meanwhile what little (Turn to Page Five) 40 if 9 ii ■a They cited the fact that since June, 1946, when effective pfice controls were abandoned, living costs have shot up 15 to 20 per cent, thus wiping out “completely” the 18 *4 cent an hour wage in crease secured by railmen early last year and similar raises ob tained by workers in other major industries.