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VOL XLII, NO. 15 ../.
Salary Increases
Are Justifiable
Says Buffalo 0.
Buffalo, N. Y. During the
month of August the members of
the National Brotherhood of Op
erative Potters, of which Local No.
76 is a 'member, are being asked
to vote on a resolution passed in
the 1948 Convention at Atlantic
City this month. This resolution
Which was adopted by unanimous
Vote at the 1948 Convention, re
stores the salaries granted to our
National Officers in the 1944 Con
vention and is to be submitted to
a vote of all Locals within the N.
B. O. P.
President' Duffy has devoted his
life to the interest of his fellow
working men. It was because of his
interests in the labor movement
that he was eminently fitted to as
sume the Presidency of the N, B.
O. P. when called upon to do so.
Since assuming this high office he
has unselfishly given his time to
the interests of our organization.
The action of those taking this
matter of salary increase out of
the organization, and into the
courts is to be deplored and it did
not serve the best interests of the
membership as a whole. The ac
tion of the last convention which
had the largest number of dele
gates ever to attend our conven
tion, in reaffirming the decision of
the 1944 convention, by a unani
mouse vote, proves that these dele
gates voted for harmony and the
best interests of our organization.
The delegates sent from each Local
a have the authority to amend or
change the laws of our constitu
tion and these laws are changed
only for the best interests of the
I If the delegates hava-gonJ'^Ri
record as being in favor of restor
ing the wage of our officers to that
which they received before July 1st,
we the members of all locals can do
no less than to back them up in the
interest and well being of the N.
B. O. P. You are being asked to
vote on the issue this month. What
will your answer be?
How you vote will decide wheth
er we are going to have the same
smooth running organization we
have always had, or a disorganized
group so selfishly sought by that
little clique of willful people who
do not have the interests of their
fellowmen at heart.
Let not selfishness, anger, pas
sion or heated discussion overrule
your good judgment. Always bear
in mind that we are all united in
the same cause, striving for the ad
vancement of our organization and
the elevation of our trade.—O. C.
In response to numberous re
quests, the daily hospital benefits,
provided under the* N. B. O. P.
group insurance plan are increas
ed as of Sept. 1, 1948 from $4.00
per day to $6.50 per day.
Francis P. White, general agent,
for the insuring companies, (Hoo
sier Casualty Co., of Indianapolis,
Jnd., which company underwrites
he accidental death, disability A
hospitalization portion of our group
coverage and The Union Labor Life
Ins., Co., of New York, which Com
pany underwrites the life insurance
coverage) advised our organization
of the change in benefits due to
requests by insured claimants who
found the hospital benefits to be
entirely inadequate to meet todays
hospital service costs.
Our membership will no doubt
be interested in learning that ap
proximately one-quarter million*
dollars per year are now being
paid through our group insurance
plan for loss of time, hospitaliza
tion and death benefits.
Your Brotherhood has made it
possible for you, through this plan
to protect yourself and family, at
least to some extent, against the
losses due to disability and for
During the past year 212 of our
members passed on to their eternal
reward. During the same period
more than $13,000 per month was
paid to disabled members. Many of
these disabled members were con
fined to hospitals. Your N. B. O.
P. group insurance, in addition to
paying the weekly indemnity for
loss of time paid $4.00 per day to
each hospitalized member (limit of
seventy days for each disability).
With very few exceptions the
hospital bills were for much more
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Shop Teams Will
Play For Title
At Salem Picnic
c, Jyour last opportunity to vote on
Salem, Ohm-There has been a referend"m on the ealariea of
ehange in our program for thi 1 N tj President and g*,.
me whrnh ehould prove of. interest Ltary Treasarer. Thia ,eem. to be
to all. After many requests it has I .fl' controversial matter and
been decided that the ball game I? 7. n nriviiu«
will be played between teams^p- ‘8.1
resenting the day shop and decorat-1. a «ntiment regardleaa of
ing department. This has been theby c«7tog
custom in past years and the com-1. 9
±2^12 STSTtaSS bes? with ope”i“* of th*
farte^ta of a As an added at the the
trac?on..to the things to consider. Your Q. G. is
aaost, there will be- .v
the old timers. The latterr^v“ced some
contest should prove one of theldefl"**e “t’0" toke” to Procure
day’s highlights and in all probabi-|“ P"™”" °r
lity will result in many aches andl?f 8e?"“y.„for Jged p°‘ter?- Th/
pains when Sunday rolls around. 1“ a “uf‘ anf. a goo1 plac*
mL -as. keep the issue alive is jn our local
The committee is composed ofl zl
Dan Karp, chairman who will bel
ably assisted by Bros. Whiteleath-L Get ^ndJote on the referen
er, Red Jackson, Lottman, Bill|dum' 0. C. 17.
Stark, Phil Laughlin, Pete Sanders I
and Carl McCarthy. I A n A a
It is with deep feeling of re-1 KICK6TI KClcllll6d
gret we inform the trade of thel •_
serious illness of Bro. Raymond| fl
(Cy) Spencer. As of this date hel™® vvlllvllt VI
is in an oxygen teril and his chan-11 I II a 4110^
ces of pulling through are grave.ll
than $4.00 per day, in fact thelMatt McDermott, William Hailes
average was $6.50 per day forlRalph Fair Joseph Southworth,
ward accommodations. In view oflant} john Osborn. Owing to the
this fact it was decided to increase lshop working three shifts, the polls
the hospital (daily) benefits to |were open for twelve hours, afford
$6.50 (effective Sept. 1, 1948). Lng an an opportunity to vote.
Copy of letter from the general I \ye urge every member to aid
agent follows:___________________ Ithese officials in
East Liverpool, Ohio Iduties of their respective office
July, 1948 land in so doing will be advancing
National Brotherhood Ithe interests of all. It is also the
Of Operative Potters Iwish of the new officials that ^11
East Liverpool, Ohio. (grievances be brought to the Local
Gentlemen: If or adjustment instead of wrang-
In view of the fact that hospital lling on the shop over any griey
rates have been materially increas- lances that may arise.
ed over the last few years, thel Our delegates to the convention
daily hospital benefit as provided Imade their report and the majority
under the N. B. O. P. Group policy Ifeels that what took place at the
has been proven to -be inadequate (convention was for the best inter
for the minimum of care. Conse-lests of the trade. 4
quently, in view of the promise of I We were also very interested in
this agency to keep the coverage I the proposed pension plan and hope
up-to-date, it has been decided tolwe will be furnished with more par
increase the daily hospital benefit I ticulars so that we may take it up
as of September 1, 1948, from $4.001with the manufacturers. We also
to $6.50 which (it is our under-1 feel the report of the delegates as
standing) is the average minimum I to the sanitary conference to be
ward rate in Ohio and neighboring!held each year is money and time
I well
The new premium effective Sep-ltrade.
tember 1, 1948, will be $3.00 perl We hope the members of the N.
month for male risks and $2.25 fori Bo of O. P. who have not been
female risks. This includes cost of I living up to the obligation they
hospital benefit of $6.50 per day—Itook when they joined the organi
limit 70 days—in addition to $20.00|zation, will see the light of day and
per week disability benefits for men I once again join as a unit in pro
and $7.00 per week for women aslmoting the interests of all. When
well as $500 group life insurance I dissension creeps into the ranks of
and $500 additional, non-occupa-lany lalor organization, it does not
tional, accidental death benefit fori take long before the organization
both men and women. Said prem-1 begins to fall apart. We must not
ium is subject to review May 1,1 overlook what the N. B. of O. P.
1949, and we are hopeful that fa v-1 means to us in the pottery indus
orable experience will justify a re-1 try, to our families. Are we to sit
duction at that time. lidly by while a minority group
I Local Union 17
Installs Officers
For The Hew Term
Local Union 17, met in regular
session August 5, with better than
average attendance. Some lively
discussion was heard in the order
of business, which makes for an
interesting meeting.
The highlights of the meeting
was the installation of officers for
the ensuing six months, and ballot
ing on the referendum. Officers
elected were Brother Charles Boso
president Lafe Stewart, guard,
with Brothers Bill Cox, Ray Green
land Earl Founds returned to the
HE WOULD CUT PROFITS—Iposts of financial secretary, record
Rep. John Dingell (D., Mich.) of-ling secretary and vice president
fered Congress a bill which would Irespectively.
have cut corporation profits $4,-1 These officers are fired with a
300,000 thru an excess profits tax. Izeal and enthusiasm to see the local
This measure was part of the anti- Igo forward and they covet the co
inflation program called for by (operation of each member to make
Pres. Truman. Itheirs the best term of office to
date. We can do this by attending
meetings regularly and joining in
discussions freely and intelligently,
with due regard for the rights
and priveleges of our fellow mem
All members of Local 17, are
urged to attend our next meeting
Thursday, Aug. 19, as this will be
there are an abundance of
AHy llv
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We sincerely hope that by the time* 1
this appears in print, Cy will have
passed the crisis and
the road to recovery.
well alonirl Ford City, Pa.—The new officers
Klof Locftl 102 are ag folIoWfi. pregi.
(dent, John Rickert, retained for his
.. *......- vice
intentions. |preBident. Samuei Hindes, record-
It appears that one of our dip-“josZph ^g^n,’
pers has matrimonial intentions. I
That is if he can persm.de the girilinr^retaw'i^naidLTs’e/flran
_______ ^urn t0 Pe9f Tw)_______ |cja] secretary Alex Chemesky, de-
Ifense secretary Warren Shotts,
The Local also elected a griev
lance committee of five members,
spent in the interest of the
The Hoosier Casualty Company keeks to make a political football
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E. Palestine Park
Scene of Annual
Outing of Pioneer
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The annual outing for employees
of the Pioneer Pottery Company,
their families and friends, held last
Saturday at East Palestine City
all those present,
Starting off at noon with a pro
gram that furnished entertainment
for the youngsters as well as the
grownups, there was never an irle
moment to ponder throughout the
day, thanks Arch Jones and his
able committee who handled the
arrangements. The firm joined with
their employees in sponsoring the
The following is a list of the
athletic events with the winners in
each contest being awarded $1.00
for first prize arid 50 cents for sec
ond prize.
Shoe Baoe--Jjjdy' Young June
Swift.. Ball. Throwing Contest for
Women—Grace Parish Edith Par
ish. Backward Bace—Ralph Parish
Laurence HpweU. Wheelbarrow
Race—Bob Adams—Joe Young
V. Eddy—Jack Buckley. Egg Spoon
Race—Bill Myers, Edith Parish. I
Sack Race—Joe Young Ralph Par
ish. 50-yard Dash, Boys—Billy
Murry Howard Parrish. 50-yard
Dash, Girls—Judy Young Helen
Parrish. 50-yard Dash, Men—Ray
Sullivan Robert Adams. 50-yard
Dash, Women—Elizabeth Beadnell
Ruby Stanley. 3-Legged Race—Bob
Adams-Joe Young Howard Frontz
Billy Jones. 50-yard Dash for girls
under 8 years—Norma Jean Murry
Beth GillqbrisL 7^
Canonsburg Local
Urges Members To
Support Proposal
Canonsburg, Pa.—Local Union
51 has two vary important meet
ings for this month. The first falls
on Monday, Augu#t 16, with the
last session being scheduled for
August 80th. We sincerely urge
every ipember to attend these meet
ings as very important business
will be discussed.' J,
Of equal importance at both
meetings, is the opportunity for
members to vote on the referen
dum now before the trade concern
ing the salaries of president and
secretary-treasurer. We urge every
member to vote YES on this mat
ter as our delegates were a party
to the resolution adopting the
salaries of the two officials.
After hearing their report of the
proceedings of the convention and
weighing the evidence at hand, we
feel it ill behooves any Local who
would not support the stand taken
by their chosen delegates at con
vention. We also might add a furth
er word along this Tine and inform
the trade ih general that Local
Union pl his not at any time sent
delegates to convention with their
hands tied. Lo and behold when the
time comes that such
prevails.—O. C. 51.-
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and Eraap u.$.$»Wy$Uw»iu«
la Eamiagt to last
ENet in Half fjnnt
HERE S THE REASONWHY—Living costs have soared beyond all past records and a glance at
random headlines on the profit story tell the reason. In many industries, profits for the first six
months of this year have more than doubled those in the first half of 1947.
Phone Workers
Move To Demand
Boosts In Pay
Washington (LPA) A,renew
ed drive for a pay boost for more
than 200,000 Bell system telephone
employes was launched this week.
Local units of Communications
Workers of America-unaffiliated
were alerted for a possible ^strike
action in mid-October.
CWA has established August 16
as a notification date for reopen
ing of contracts “to bargain out
money matters” with nine of the
23 Bell system companies, cover
ing 87,000 workers. The union ne
gotiated contracts with these nine
companies this spring, settling
fringe issues for a three-year per
iod, and providing for two wage
reopenings. The first such reopen
ing is being initiated by the union
Aug. 16, following which there is
a 30-day notice period and 30 days
of bargaining. The union then can
strike if necessary.
Another 130,000 workers rep
resented by CWA are covered by
self-extending contracts which
leave them free to strike at any
time. Negotiations are now under
way on wage issues with all of
these companies.
A CIO affiliate, the American
Union of Telephone Workers, has
just approved a similar three-year
contract and is planning to ask for
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Scribe Retracts
Statement Made
In Last Letter
Upon investigation it was learn
ed that at no time has the manage
ment refused such a request if
it was made in the proper manner
and to the proper officials. As fur
ther evidence to this fact, the ar
ticles in dispute have since been
presented before the Local and
every effort put forth in order to
reach a satisfactory settlement.
As to the proper scale prices be
ing paid at the Pioneer plant, we
wish it ,to be clearly understood
that the firm in this respect is liv
ing up to the agreement 100 per
cent. Vice presidents Chadwick and
Turner will corroborate this state
ment as both officials were recent
visitors at the plant and together
with the shop committee met with
officials of the firm in ironing out
several grievances of routine na
Both officials stated relationship
between the Brotherhood and the
firm has always been of the high
est standard and at no time has
there been any indication of a
break in the cordial relationship of
collective bargaining for plant em
ployees.—O. C. 4.
Cambridge Group
To Hold Picnic
Saturday Aug. 2
Cambridge, Ohio—Plans are rap
idly rounding into shape for the
annual picnic of Cambridge potters
on August 2L From all indications
the picnic this year will surpass
any of previous years and those
who fail to be an hand next Sat
urday will miss the time of their
The committee on arrangements
includes Albert Van Camp and
Marvin Roth, co-chairmen Luth
er Patterson, secretary Earl John
son, treasurer ably assisted by
Lee Woodard, Neva Woodard
Dales Allison, Violet Green Del
bert-Watkins, Grace Sedora, Rob
ert Griffith, Willard Smith, Blu
ford Boyer, Albert Campbell, Wil
liam Wade^ Rose Gadd, Betty Mor
ris and James Coffey from Local
Union 122. E. L. Milner, Hallie
Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, Lo
cal Union 144, and Earl Tritt, Rich
ard Secrest and Harry Thompson,
representing the firm.
Contests and prizes galore are
assured for those present. The
highlight of the fun will be the
beard contest. Beards of all des
cription will be seen. This is the
year of the Sesqui-Centennial Cele
bration of the founding of Cam
bridge. All men of beard growing
age are required to have one the
last week of August or pay a fihe.
Our last two local meetings have
been devoted to reports by our
delegates to the convention. The
sessions lasted until near mid
Norman Whippier and a few oth
ers from East Liverpool visited
our Local last month.
It is with my humble apology
all parties concerned that this 0.
C. retracts a statement made in
my last letter to the Herald, re
garding the prices being paid for
certain articles at the Pioneer Pot
tery Company, and the firm’s re
fusal to let employees bring the
disputed articles to Local for dis
cussion on price adjustment.
Francis Davis has resigned as fi
nanical secretary and Elmer Lew
is elected to fill this office.—O.
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I Budd Co. Sales
,‘jAnd Profit for^
Half Set Peaks
16 W
Opens Sept. 7~r
Ballers 23 per cent.
French Liners
Enjoy Fifteenth
Annual Reunion
Sebring, Ohio—Thirty-five fam
ily groups attended the 15th an
nual reunion of the old French lin
ers, August 4 on the lawn of the
Fred Morrow residence, 215 East
Oregon Avenue.
Every year for the last 15 years,
the employes of this old Sebring
industry gather together to renew
friendships made many years ago
when they were fellow employes.
Old friends from Cuyahoga Falls,
East Palestine, Alliance, Beloit,
Akron, Minerva and East Liver
pool gathered Wednesday to enjoy
a casserole supper and lawn party.
James Elliott of Youngstown,
spoke on “Friendship and Fellow
ship.” Fred Morrow then gave a
brief history of the group and
its annual get-togethers.
The group bowed their heads in
one minute of silent prayer for
Isaac Berry, critically ill in Cleve
land Clinic. Group singing was led
by Mrs. Pearl Eckelberry and F.
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Wage Proposals
Drafted For Parley
At Seaside Resort
The National Brotherhood of Operative Potters and the
United States Potters Association will open negotiations for
a new wage agreement for employees of the generalware and
chinaware branches of the industry in Atlantic City on Sept
ember 7.
The conference which will be held at the Chalfonte Hotel
was requested by the Brotherhood, exercising their right
under a clause in the present contract signed in Pittsburgh
last September.
President James M. Duffy will head the Brotherhood
and act as their spokesmen during the conference. Joseph M.
Wells, chairman of the labor committee of the U.S.P.A. will
head the manufacturers.
The Brotherhood has submitted sixty-five propositions
for consideration and adoption by the conference. The pro
positions are as follows:
1—All employees eligible for vacation shall take same.
2—An apprenticeship shall be set up for hand painting.
3—The insurance of the N. B. of O. P. shall be paid by the
company for which the member is working.
4—An apprenticeship be established for the printing trade.
5—A uniform rate be established for all strippers on the
automatic jigger. 1
6—A new china ware price list be printed giving the names,
sizes, and prices paid per dozen, and that the ware shall
be sized in the clay state.
7—The selecting of ware in chinaware shall be done by
8—All plants sign with the Veterans’ Administration for
the job training.”
9—A retirement and welfare program be set up for
bers and their dependents.
10—On shift jobs whem you make a change of shifts and
work six straight days you get paid time and one half
for the sixth day no matter what day of week you
11—The 20 per cent taken off new employees for 90 days
shall be discontinued.
12—Anytime a jiggerman is taken from his job his crew
shall be taken care of.
13—All kiln crews shall be composed of no more than twelve
men, including the bench boss.
14—The day wage for kiln work shall be $1.75 per hour.
15—The clay shall be delivered to the workmens’ bench and
the scraps taken away at firm’s expense.
16—All cups ordinarily turned shall be paid at the rate of
5.25 cents and the rates be divided as follows: Jigger
men 50.25 percent Mouldrunners 26.75 per cent
17—The remaining members of the jigger crew shall be
paid their average rate of pay for six weeks while learn
ing new help.
18— When millwrights, machinists, welders, maintenance
men and electricians are called to work in an emergency
they shall be guaranted four hours’ pay.
19—Maintenance work shall be classed as skilled work and
wages shall be increased to compare with wages paid
by other industries for like skill.
20—The duties of laborers and maintenance men shall be
more clearly defined.
21—The minimum rate for decorating kilnmen shall be $1.70
per hour.
22—Decal girls shall be paid for all loss when not at fault.
23—Decal girls’ minimum hourly rate shall be increased
above the hourly rate of unskilled workers.
24—The base rate for doing two and three spray decal pat
terns shall be increased so the decal girls can earn the
rate earned on other patterns.
25—The 60-40 method of counting machine decal wages
shall be eliminated and the girls receive their full earn
26—The day’s work shall be computed and paid by the pat
terns and not at the end of the eight hour day, and
bench girls shall be paid their average hourly rate in
stead of the 55-cent minimum on patterns where only
the minimum or less is made.
27—Chinaware liners shall apply same percentage to their
base rates as generalware liners receive.
28—Only recognized liners shall be employed in the opera
tion of lining machines.
29—The rate of pay for working on lining machines shall
be the shop average of the piece work liners on the
30—The price for lining, banding and stroking cups shall
be decided on merit and not as a piece of flat.
31—When back stamp is a decal print it shall be paid at
the rate of three cents per dozen.
32—There shall be an increase of 25 cents per hundred
dozen to the parties cutting the handles and the firm
shall pay this increase.
33r—All dead wofk in the mould shop such as cleaning and
changing cases, dumping plaster, cleaning mixing ma
chine etc., shall be paid for at the prevailing hourly rate.
34—The practice of deducting five per cent from mould
makers’ pay shall be discontinued.
35—All dipping rooms shall be scrubbed and washed down
with water each day.
36—All boards used in the clay shop or anywhere in the
pottery shall be washed at least once a month.
37—Showers and lockers shall be installed.
38—All firms shall devise some method of removing dust
which accumulates throughout the pottery.
39—Tests shall be made periodically to determine and cor
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$2.00 PER YEAR

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