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5 1 I? 1 fi* i V .•? ». '■»,• k ■W5' Wi 'I, 1 OFFICIAL ORGAN NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF OPERATIVE POTTERS VOL XL NO. 52 Local Union 733 Signs New Pact With Universal New Castle, Pa. After five long days of sitting around the conference table, Brother Ed. Wheatley, our first vice President, Too V10 ®op Comm ittee of Local 133, have concluded and signed a new wage agreement with Univer sal Sanitary Manufacturing Co. Mr, Clyde M. Whittaker, Execu tive Vice President of the Com pany signing for the firm. w«ivj/ vsvuiiiii vice U1 IuOCai have concluded and signed a wage agreement with Unjver- The agreement provides for a 12% cent per hour general increase a employees working in the plant, with a few extra adjust & a ments in the Mold Shop and for Boiler Firemen. The general in crease retroactive to March 26th, ’A1947- 1. Induded *n the agreement, is reMperhaps, a new departure, when reviewed from the standpoint of the °!d. time casters that is the pro vision pertaining to the joint time study of production problems. Brother Wheatley, and the Shop Committee were realistic enough to face this issue of joint time study, on the basis that a complete ^revolution has taken place in the method of production from the bench to the conveyor system of production which is not a local condition, but is now fast becom ing universal throughout the sani tary industry, and in* the words of Brother Wheatley “The time has come when we must recognize, and face the issue of joint time study, which can be worked out to the mutual satisfaction of the members and the firm”. Brother Wheatley, and the Shop Committee, in their recommenda tion of the agreement to the mass meeting of several hundrd of the members, urged all concerned, to enter into the spirit of the new agreement with an honesty of pur pose, and to apply it to the iiiuttMf-1 benefit al all comumL To keep ever in’ mind* that it is not a Un (lateral agreement, but must be lived up to in an its provisions. (Tun to Page Two) jDne-Day Holiday Protest Against Closed Shop Ban Des Moines (ILNS). All Iowa organized labor mobilized in a one day holiday to protest against a bill which would outlaw the closed shop, union shop and dues checkoff. The bill passed the State Senate, 36 to 12 and was before the House of Representatives as union mem I bers converged on this city. «s?: Buses, private automobiles and trains brought thousands of AFL and CIO members here to take part in a great mass demonstration be fore the State Capitol, A. A. Couch, president of the State Fed eration of Labor, estimated the i crowd at 22,000. Gov. Robert D. Blue spoke briefly to the throng, asserting that the Legislature had been fair to labor and was seeking “the greatest good for the greatest number.” He was booed at one point in his address. .! The protesting union members spread over the Statehouse lawn, surged into the big building, spill ed into corridors and crowded the 1 House chamber. Street car and bus service was Curtailed in many cities and many Father industries were shut down as Mie workers took part in the holi day. In Des Moines, street car and bus crews quit work at 10 a. m. after handling the morning rush and returned to work at 3 p. m. AFL Council Fights Legislative Crisis Pin Final Hopes On Veto i Washington, D. C.—Determined to marshal all the forces of organ ized labor for the defeat of the most drastic anti-union legislation in American history, the Executive Council of the American Federa tion of Labor opened a momentous ^^psion in the Nation’s Capital ^RConfronted with the adoption of this legislation by an overwhelm ing majority in the House of Representatives and the practical certainty of the passage of an al most equally tough bill in the Sen ate within a few days, the leaders of labor were pinning their hopes on a Presidential veto. These hopes gained support from public statements by" mem bers of oCngress and from unof ficial advices from high quarters. Rep. Emannuel Celler (D., of N. Y.), after a conference with President Truman, told the House: “The Case Bill received a veto, and justifiably so. I assure you Vs UH mF New York City (ILNS). Sus pension of 4 leaders of a Commun■ ist faction in an International Lad ies’ Garment Workers’ Union local has been upheld in a smashing court decision which union leaders Jmkb hailed as a “milestone in the defense of American labor against Com murrtst- deceit and treachery.” Pillories Red Deceit The 4 men Arnold Ames, Charles Nemeroff, Irving Kotler and Emanuel Brownstein were suspended from the Cutters Union, Local 10, ILGWU, for periods of 3 to 5 years on charges of circulat ing defamatory literature against David Dubinsky, president, and other officers of the garment union. The suspensions were order ed after a union trial in July, 1944, and the suspended men have been depicted as “martyrs” in the Com munist press ever since. In a 40-page decision, Supreme Court Justice Ernest E. L. Ham mer rejected charges that they had been deprived of process or had not had a fair and impartial hear ing. He cited at length from the writings of Nicolai Lenin, Joseph Stalin and William Z. Foster, na tional chairman of the Communist party, to prove that Communists were under standing instructions to use fraud, deceit and trickery whenever it might serve the party’s purposes. Excoriating the arguments put forward by the accused men as “an exhibition of communistic double-talk,” Justice Hammer said: “On the one hand are seen irre sponsible defamatory statements attacking leaders of high standing among union workers and their fel low-American citizens as well, couched in provocative phrases overloaded with adjectives of in sinuation and invective calculated through deceit to ruin their repu tations with their fellow-unionists. Attorney Lauds Ruling “On the other hand, acts praise (Turn to Page Two) W! -g 4' 1 --------------------------—______________i ,_______________________ & ______ ________________j ’—"I1" 1 Pienir Plane Re^in^Fe%i*/nuiei^^et a earn a that this bill will likewise* veto, despite any modifications which may be made by the Senate. I’m not a crystal gazer and I can’t read tea leaves, but I do know the President will not accept this bill.” In a similar vein, Senator Irving Ives (R. of N. Y.) told the Ameri can Society of Newspaper Editors: “There is no point in sending a bill to the President which has features to which he seriously ob jects.” 1 Members of the AFL Executive Council, gathering for their regu lar quarterly Spring meeting, made it clear that they regard the pres ent legislative situation as one of the major crises in organized la bor’s history. The Hartley Bill, adopted by the House by an almost 3-to-l vote, presents a direct threat of the de struction of major gains built up by n^|ional unions after long years (Tun to Page Two) Drive On Against Bootleg Mining Ki’I i- «s- ■rf,’ ’(.:: s*jitv' K~'■'■:• 4 ...........<p></p>Held ............<p></p>First v Two new members received the oath of obligation and their names added to the roll Our next meeting falls on May 5. and since this will also be the date for voting in the general ejec tion for national officials and dnle-1 gates to the American Federation of Labor convention, it was decid ed to open the polls at 12 noon and to keep them open until the close of the meeting. This will afford I every member of the local a chance I Ito vote and all should take ad-1 vantage of this opportunity and I register their choice. I We will also elect delegates to the 1947 convention at this meet-1 ing. The convention opens in At-1 lantic City in June and we are glad to see that the annual parley will again convene in Atlantic City. Construction at the Grindley Art I Judge's Decision Attacks the r*weelc2within I Of Western Union Strike Communistic Double Talk 1New IviHIUK DIkD rlCniC riOnS MrO l|abor,s “ightILNS tQ strike netng rormuiarea voice(l cp 8»arbitration At Inenl Nn 7ft AT Local no. /V #Mter# jl ou v -'',«? ir -'h,: 4* -if EAST LIVERPOOL OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1947 —,"r 1 1 General Election To Be Meeting Night of Local Unions In May Local No. 44 Will Elect Convention Delegates May 5 Sebring, Ohio—Local Union 44 Hnet in regular session April 21 with the attendance a little better than usual. RALLY TO DEFEND LABOR—Showing they mean to fight en- (shape. A new roof covering the en- wives watch approvingly as a local hardware merchant posts signs an-(taken to affiliate with the West actment of the Hartley-Taft slave labor bills, 35,(ICO New York .work- tire plant was finished this week (nouncing price cuts. Stores throughout the dty lowered prices 10$ af- Virginia State Federation of Labor, ers in Madison Square Park raise hands in support of a speaker con- |and it looks like this company will Iter President Truman s plea for immediate decreases. Unfortunately, |^ye think this is a very wise move demning the legislation. A resolution sent to CIO President Philip Mur- |soon begin turning out ware. (businessmen other cities did not follow Newburyport s lead. (Feder- more wavs than ray and American Federation of Labor President William Green hailed The new automatic jigger at the |ated Pictures)._____________________________________________________ than efforts “to unite all organizations in the struggle against reaction and (Royal China is almost completed Bpertai privilge.” (Federated Pictures). I and it i. rumored they wUI be mak- TU-J. kftfia WflV FftHc ThrACrf RZdTX sUte ing ware on this machine IMICT* 5*1 *-*I*Mb 1 11X^01 it will also aid in the fight to main the next week. O. C. 44, •, ImaDFATf Am s“pp»rt conc“?ions.-en,ii"« th%thJ,ea'“f I flnn to compulsory was I Union Telegraph Co. empoy cbi k industrial and public relatione of the United State. Rubber Co., in y,‘th-Haughton of the A^oshocW, Ohio^The-40mwal |j?®*k^K.J^ Iern Unioir agreed to a wage in discussion at our last meeting B’on the. W*K,e8a*e crease of 5 cents an hour, an im seemed to be centered on the an- luru8Slsts Association. I proved sick benefit plan, allowing nual picnic to be held at Idora I. Xa maximum of 13 weeks’ leave at park on June 14. At the present 1said there are things mor lfuu pay revision of the company time it looks like Local Union 75 important than industrial peace pension program and a mainten will have a banner attendance at l^18 ance of membership clause provid the outing. We are still planning Prom laJbor tbeir n«ht stnK®: ing for automatic dues check off on having chartered busses and I Residing to a question on his lfor new members. all those who wish to go by this l°p1"10? of. ^mpulsory arbitration, unions, the Telegraph Workers means of transportation should lhe decJared that he opposed it b®' I Union and the Telegraph Employes register their names with officers I cause it meant sacrifice of freedom, I union, both small, were parties to of the local. which IB always wrong in a demo- the Local Union 75 will vote in the |cracy. I The agreement is retroactive to general election at their next meet- I a” outline of the presents la- I April 1 and can be reopened in 6 ing on May 8th. As in the past, I®®* situatem in this country, lmontbs ^ke up wage questions, polls will open at one o’clock and sai^ process of legisla-I Payne, president of the remain open until the close of the ^as E°ne to° ^r ponmtting a I Western Union Division, CTU, de meeting. We would like to see I labor monopoly parallel to the I scribed the 5 cents an hour in every member cast their ballot in I business monopoly that existed a lcrease a8 a “down payment on a the general election, how about lbaJ^ century ago. Business mono- |wage program that will emerge having a one hundred per cent vote. |P°Jy bad to be gnashed. hater.” Mark the date on your calendar. I Business £. muld not always be I payne said the average hourly At our last meeting applications |?^?er Pa8sa?® ^aws t° I pay rate of Western Union era for membership were received from I *abor relations} he asserted, be-1 exclusive of messengers, (Tun to Page Two) cau.se tbe Pf°blem J«st (Tuni f0 Tw) iDfOOtmCIf IrfOV tII representatives of the union at con- I I tional dishes, much to the liking ferences, but rejected by the rank I Our coming meeting on May 9 is I of all packers. and file members at a special refer-1 of the utmost importance to every I The committee handling ar endum. The provincial government I member of the trade and it is the I rangements includes Pearl Har then passed emergency legislation I wjsb of ^be officers that every I greaves, Louie Zellers. “Ike” Craw which empowered it to take overlmember be present on this date. I ford, Percy Morgan, Calvin Adams and operate any mine within the I At this meeting we will vote for I and Abe Hargreaves. province. The mine chosen was that I national officers and elect dele-1 Voting in the general election of the Avon Coal Co., a subsidiary I gates to the American Federation I for national officials and delegates of the Oxford Paper Co., Newlof Labor convention. The men I to the American Federation of La York City. The workers at that (elected will represent you and |bor convention will be held at this mine had been non-union but had|your interests in the coming meeting. Every member should feel gone out with the UMW call. They (months, and in view of labor’s it their duty as well as a privilege returned to work only -to supply (present position, this will not be|to be on hand and support the the power plant, it being claimed |an easy task. We, as individual candidates they think best quali that suspension of power opera- (members have much at stake and pied to head the organization.— tions would cripple industry, trade (should feel it a special duty to go |O. C. 25. and homes within about 50 miles. |to tbe polls and support those we The Catholic clergymen of Cape|think qualified to represent WDL AGAINST DRAFT Breton have issued a collective lour interests. New York City (ILNS). The statement approving the wage The responsibility of deciding Worlcers Defense League reiterated and other demands of the NMW I such vital issues should not rest ita opposition to peacetime con and this has been circulated by the |Upon the few, “regulars” that al-1 scrjption at a closed off-the-record district executive. (ways attend, but demands the|bearing held here by the Presi- A campaign has been launched I presence of every member of the |dent»s Advisory Commission on against operation of bootleg mines, locak Universal Training. Testifying for which had been returned to produc- other business to come before the league was its national chair tion since the start of the strike Ithe meeting will be the second (man Rev Donald Harrington, B. and had been supplying coal to coal wading of rew and revised by- F. McLaurin, international repre dea ers in various centers of Nova iaw8.o. C. 130. Lentative of the Brotherhood of Scotia. One such mine was found to Sleeping Car Porterg AFL, and ave bepn covere y a barn. I NOTICE LOCAL UNION 94 I Sam Marino, president of Local 1, Pickets against the unloading of I (Barbers and soft and hard coal earners from I All members are urged to se I u„jon rIO Pennsylvania and the Virginias, (present at our next meeting on ______ i have been established at the ports |May 9 to vote in the general elec- «A of Halifax, Sydney and St. John. |tion for national officials and dele- NOTICE LOCAL UNION 10 The local of the coal handlers’(gates to the American Federation Local No. 10’s polls will be open ilnion at St. John, claimed they of Labor convention. Polls will (Monday, May 5, from 1 p. m. until. have to unload the coal or violate (open at 2:30 p. m. and remain open (close of meeting for the election a contract. I until the close of the meeting. V’ IU. I plain salesmanship. I_________________________________ .___| The question of labor leadership I n was raised by one of the assoda-1 “By and large, labor leadership I represents a cross:section of the I Glace Bay, N. S. (ILNS). A I American people.” I The last of the winter socials coal strike declared in mid-Febru-1 Ito be held by Local Union 25 is ary by the United Mine Workers I (scheduled for Thursday evening, for District 26, is still on. A pro posal by the New Brunswick gov-1 I have been made which will insure ernment that an agreement be made for supply coal to a Grand I e Every^b’nS from soup to nuts Lake power plant was approved by S. Conciliation Service, West- tw0 other AFL Packers To Hold PoffV On MOV 8 I *s on ^be menu, plus a few addi- of national officers and delegates. -J,'-E '. 4:' »-:i ■■•..-'/''-. I Ware shop is fast rounding Mito INDUSTRY, PLEASE XAKE NOTE—Newburyport, Mass., house-| Union No. 4, casters action was Increase Pay Ends Threat York City (ILNS). The* IComihercial Telegraphers Union I I FI KCM I* ihag won a wage increase and other nationwide strike of Western in an .u n.ght season com- Decorators Will Vote At Meeting UlWf 4 g^gul I Ins^an A (l»vwwl WnlVn “r I (^IlffllwfO VTITn I VI7 l/sv .Local Union 124 will vote for|year,s convention which were up National officials at their next |for final reading w&e phSsed’and meeting on May 6ihp with tbe polls ordered „»ent to Headquarters for open from noon until adjournment (publication in the printed pregram, of the meeting. Sister Margaret At our meeting on May 12, elec Curley is chairman of the commit- 1^°° for national officials will be tee to serve on the polls. (held wel1 for delegates to We urge all members to come th' loc?J the Atlantic out and cist their vote. Voting tor (City convention. Polls will open at national officials is a dutv everv I4 oclock and remam °Pen unt11 the national orilcia‘s is a duty every |dose of the meeting Every mem. member should feel proud to per-1 |d k it« form. Since a national election only occurs every two years, it is I not asking too much to urge each and every member to cast their E|nie||£f»e UggifA ballot in the general election. ■Hlallwl 3 ilWYC Election of delegates to the con vention will also be held next meet ing. Mark the date on your calen- (g£JJ|0g|0^ dar now and be sure to be present on May 6th. When it comes to staging social We take this means to notify (affairs, Local 53 does not have to our members who are sick, or or- (take a back seat for anyone. This dered by their doctor to take time (was evident to over 150 finishers off, not to request withdrawal (and their friends who assembled cards. Report to our secretary and (at the Mary Patterson Memorial have your name placed on the sick (Home on April 19, for an evening list. The local then carries you un- |of entertainment that will linger til you are able to return to work long in the memories of those and this way, you retain your (present. standing in the organization and Sister Mattie Magill acted as your insurance benefits continue. (chairman, and to the writer's view- Retiring because of old age is point, left little to be desired in 1 *’I role. James M. Duffy for the evening moving along in not included in sick benefits. In filling that this case you apply for an honor- I President ary membership card.—O. C. 124.1 toastmaster A special survey of prices of 16 W« tfwVf Wffwf At the meeti of I tain adequate laws for silicosis 1 sufferers. I| Very interesting reports were made by the shop committees from iTayhr, Smith A Taylor and Hall I China plants. Tuesday. May 5th|eddiaea8e-. e I A check was ordered sent to bf- hicjtls.°£ cancer-drive, to aid Im their fight to combat this dread- Several resolutions for this MEMBER INTERNATIONAL LABOR NEWSSERVICE New Pact Signed ^(Covering 4 Plants Standard Sanitary Trenton, N. J.: At a joint conference held in the Stacy-Trent Hotel, Trenton, New Jersey, April 21st., between the management of the four pottery plants of the American Radiator A Standard Sanitary corpora tion and Locals No. 7 of Tiffin, Ohio No. 26 of Kokomo, Indiana and No. 175 of Trenton, N. J., the basis for an agreement until May 15, 1948 was accepted by the joint committees and the results will be presented to each of the Locals for ratification by their membership. The new wage proposal offered by the management provides for a straight 11% cents per hour increase to be applied to all hourly work ers, and equal to this same amount to be reduced to percentage on each operation or department based on the present average earnings of piece-workers. AOI*o 19 I kept things I style. Secretary-Treasurer, Chas. I F« Jordan and Seventh Vice Presi- a ivw lllWCA AVI I dent, T. J. Desmond were also All-Time High upo”for a few Washington, D. C. Paced by I The next important event on the I schedule for members of Local food prices, which advanced almost I Union 53 will teke place on Thurs. 4 per cent, retail costs of con- I day, May 8th. On this date we will sumer goods, rents, and services I vote in the general election for rose about 2 per cent between mid- I national officials Polls will open .. I at 12:30 p. m. and remain open un February and mid-March, accord-1 tn th1 th_ mMtin Thig ing to the Bureau of Labor Statis-1 affords every member an oppor tics, U. S. Department of Labor. I tunity to vote and we are expect Prices increased in all major I *n8 every member to cast their .. a. I ballot.—O. C. 53. groups of items used by moderate-1 w ________ income families. I Union Actors foods in 12 cities indicated that be-1 0*ff tween mid-March and mid-April, |rf IT Ci DO I* when food prices usually increase, I ZTt wrcx those prices dropped about one-I New York City (ILNS). The half per cent. I anti-labor bill passed by the House .1 and now before the Senate was de- The consumers pnce index for Mo membera of th A March 15 is estimated at slightly I Actors and Artists of above 156, based on the 1935-39 I n x- i. (America as a death blow to the average of 100, an all-tnne h.gh. 13 constituent Ketad prices of living essentia's A«eriam Federation of Labor mid-March were 2 per cent higher I «„i,i -j n u oa 1 Dlil a I unions in the entertainment field, than in mid-December, 20 per-cent I he higher than a year ago, and more L6thstreetTheater ad«pted tiun to rage I wot 1 resolution declaring that the unions NOTICF JirrrPMFN Iwould welcome attempts to correct NU11CE J1GGEKMEN |labor abuses but would fight jegis. Local Union No. 12 will vote in I lation that “will make impossible the general election for national I the legitimate functioning of labor officers at their meeting on Tues- I unions.” Several speakers warned day evening, May 6th. Delegates Ithat such member unions as Actors to the Atlantic City convention I Equity and the American Feder will also be elected at this mtet- I ation of Radio Artists would be ing and every member is urged to Idriven out of existence by the new be present. |l crop of labor bills. 7* $2.00 PER YEAR Pay for 6 holidays not worked is provided by a 2%% increase based on yearly earnings which will be paid each year around December 1st., or to any individual who ter minates his employment before that date. Shift premiums of 4 cents and 6 cents per hour were provided on operations not specifically covered by shift premiums now in effect. The average straight time wage of earnings in the Trenton Stand ard Plant represented by Local 175 is $1.50 per hour. The contract fur ther provides that each Local in its respective jurisdiction shall take up with each management the questions of proper maintenance workers pay based on $1.50 an hour minimum Blockers and cas ers minimums based on $1.75 per hour and any pending inequalities concerning piece rates in the Cast Shop and Kiln department. Vice President Wheatley and Organizer James Solon presided and represented the Brotherhood’s and Mr. H. Reid, Jr., Vice Presi dent and General Manager of Manufacturing for the American Radiator A Standard Sanitary Cor poration of Pittsburgh, Pa. led the negotiations for management The San Pablo Pottery of Califor nia was represented by F. N. Gill the Kokomo plant by V. S. Schory, Manager the Tiffin, Ohio plant by B. B. Swinnerton, Manager and the Trenton Works by W. H. Kel ly, Manager, Local No. 7 was rep resented by Herbert Fisher, Tiffin, Ohio Local No. 26 by R. N. Mc Cann, Kokomo, Ind. and Local No. 175 by Walter E. Clawges, Louis Coppola and William Birch of Trenton, N. J. The representatives and Com mittees of the Union believe that the results of the general increase and the fringe adjustment allow-, (Tun to Page Two) 57% Cents Pay Rate Suggested For Laundries was and fine The recommendations of the board have been submitted to Corsi by the chairman, George Mintzer in a report climaxing over 4 months study and investigation of wages, hours and working condi tions in the laundry industry throughout the state. The report had the unanimous vote of the 9 member board, representing labor, the industry and the public. One of 6 wage boards recently appointed to review existing stand ards in 6 industries, the Laundry Board is the first to report. Inves tigations are still being carried on in the hotel, restaurant, cleaning and dyeing, beauty service, and confectionery industries. Commissioner Corsi said he will shortly hold public hearings on the report prior to any further action. Full copies of the recommendation are being mailed to local employ ers, unions and other groups repre senting the general public so they may be studied fully in advance of the hearings. NOTICE LOCAL UNION 86 In order that all may have an opportunity to register their choice for national officials and delegates to the convention at our next meet- 1 ing on Monday evening, May 5, polls will open at 2 p. m. and re main open until close of meeting. r- SS 1 Albany, N. Y. (ILNS). The New York State Laundry Minimum Wage Board has recommended a basic hourly minimum wage of. 57% cents an hour with part time work at 62% cents an hour for the state’s laundry workers, Industrial Commissioner Edward Corsi, hehd of the State Labor Department, an nounced.