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e VOL. XL1I, NO. 24
Local 76 Adds 34
Members To Roll
In Last 3 Months
Buffalo, N. Y.—Local No. 76 held its regular meeting on
October 1st with President Carl Heintz in the chair. After
roll call of officers, and the reading of the minutes of the pre
vious meeting, the following new members were taken into
the Local: John Bailey-General/ Raymond Kozel-Bisque
Trucker, Edward Clemens-Glost Ware, Rose Kolinowski-cup
sponger, James Mole-Slip House and Ernest Szyper-Glazing.
As only the first two of these new members were present to
be formally received, President Heintz made the statement
that all new members must be present at the meeting for
formal acceptance into the Union
and since this is one of the require
ments of membership, this rule will
be strictly enforced from October
1st on.
In this connection the question of
“Why, if the new members are re*
■Squired to come to the meeting, can’t
we have a better attendance by the
older members?” The attendance
from this group is so small it is
hardly worthwhile for your officers
to call a meeting. If there is any
reason why you don’t like to attend
meetings, come up and tell your of
ficers about it. Maybe something
can be done about it.
Withdrawals were granted to
Donna Canfield and Nick Sesock.
Genevieve Durawa, Richard Weic
zorek, Florence Castricone, Carl
ton Dinger, Adeline Bratek, Paul
Fiebelkorn, Rita Mazella, Edward
Smegielski and Merlin Wahl were
In the three months ending Sept
ember 30th, 34 members were init
iate into Local No. 76, two were
admitted by card and one reinstat
ed. One was transferred, nine were
granted withdrawal cards and eight
were suspended, making a gain of
19 members for the three months
Foreman Oscar Dale,
was called
away last week owing to the death
of his mother who was a resident
of New Castle, Pa. for many years.
Our deepest sympathy is extended
to Oscar and his family.
feAFL Dockers May Take
Pay Dispute To Truman
New York (LPA) The Int’l
Longshoremen’s Ass’n-AFL this
week asked the East Coast ship
owners to join with them in an ap
peal to President Truman to help
solve the overtime issue which is
holding up settlement of their dis
The East Coast dockers have
been prevented from striking by an
80-day Taft-Hartley injunction
which expires Nov. 9. The main
issue is overtime pay which is
hanging fire on a Supreme Court
decision. The union suggests that
Truman appoint a special fact-find
ing board to investigate this pro
blem and recommend action on it.
Chicago (ILNS)—Stating that
the “union has a very distinct and
iu very important function in our
democratic society,” Samuel Card
inal Stritch declared here that
‘“where there is no democracy,
there is no real unionism.”
•J “In some countries where auth
oritarian government obtains, they
talk much about the workers, and
yet the workers are enslaved by
government and must work and la
bor under the dictates, the rigid
dictates of government,” he told
the 66th annual convention of the
Illinois State Federation of Labor.
“In those very countries which
boast so much of their friendship
with labor, there actually exists the
most cruel forced labor that we
have on record in the story of the
modern world.”
Organization Wins Justice
Pointing out that “your unions
are voluntary associations of work
)ing men,” he said:
“Their social function is to con
tribute to the common good of all
of us, and they do this, first, in so
far as they work to secure justice
for their members. It has not al
ways been true in our economic
history that justice has been meted
out to the working man. It was
only when the working men found
strength in organization that they
began to approximate the ideal of
justice in our economic system.
“If it had not been for your acti
vities through many years, the
condition of labor perhaps would
not be better than it was in the ’90.
Scribe Informs
Everything 0. K.
At Local No. 156
East Palestine, Ohio—Just a few
lines to let the trade know East
Palestine is still on the map and by
the same token inform the mem
bers of Local 156 their O.C. is on
the job.
I suppose everyone is worried
about the ghosts and hobgoblins
that lurk around the corners this
month. There aren’t any gremlins
here in East Palestine. We were
very fortunate in hearing a broad
cast of the world series each day
and wish to express our thanks to
the company for this favor.
Things have been going along
smoothly and we’re glad to see so
many old faces among our press
ers. It’s nice to have you back.
Negotiations are now underway for
our new contract.
If Donna Dunn looks happy, it’s
probably because her husband Bob
is working here again.
Gloria Satterwhite will make the
trek down the aisle in early Nov
The $64 question—Will we have
a halloween party this year —-O.C.
Four Of 100 Workers
Held Liable To Draft
Washington, D. C. ILNS).—Four
out of every 100 workers could be
taken from their jobs by the peace
time draft, the Census Bureau says.
The bureau based this on a sample
survey made in July. The purpose
of the survey was to determine the
possible impact of the draft on a
labor force already pressed for
workers. The bureau found that:
There were 7,500,000 civilian men
in the draft-age group—19 through
25 years old—and 6,500,000 of
them were employed in July. About
4,000,000 of the working men were
World War II veterans. They were
not subject to call under present
draft regulations. The draft-age
non-veterans in the working force
numbered 2,500,000—about 4 per
cent of the total working force.
Labor’s Gains Must Be Increased To
iThere may be those today who
w ould like fondly to go back to the
’90s, but we, of the people, and we
who know the story of the people,
realize that the gains which have
been made must be conserved, and
to these gains must be added other
gains to give the working man an
honest family wage, a fair partici
pation in the profits of industry, to
do nothing more than to try tc
realize the ideals of freedom that
are imbedded in our Constitution
and in the Declaration of Independ
ence. This you have tried to do.”
Cardinal Stritch stressed that
“as a religious leader, I have a deep
interest and concern in your acti
vities,” and added:
“We who have a concern in
teaching the moral law must not
forget that it is necessary for us to
get down into the principles of the
moral law as they effect the actual
experiences of the every-day life of
people. We must not give great
rhetorical interpretations to jus
tice, and then close our eyes to in
justices which are happening over
in the factory yards just a few
hundred feet from our churches
and schools.
“We must go down into the life
of the workers, and we must seek
not only to have him practice jus
tice in rendering his part of the
contract, in doing a fruitful day’s
work and in helping the productiv
ity of our country, but we must
help to vindicate justice for him
self, or otherwise religion was just
a sham.”
Sees Little Drop
In Meat Prices
Washington (LP4)—The econo
mists say that prices have reached
a “plateau” where they’re likely to
stay fairly “steady” for awhile. To
the men and women who have bud
gets to stretch, that means that
prices won’t go up much more, on
the average, but they’re not likely
to go down very much, either.
Food prices have gone down a
little, government figures show,
mainly because farmers are unload
ing at the markets the cattle and
hogs that they don’t want to keep
in the feed lots this winter.
The year 1949, according to an
Agriculture Dep’t survey made
public last week, will see about the
same amount of meat available per
consumer as this year.
There will be less beef and lamb,
but more pork next year, Agricul
ture Dep’t predicts.
As for meat prices, which are al
ready more than twice the pre-war
average per pound, they’ll still
at about this level in 1949, it
“If consumers’ expenditures
relation to income should return
more nearly to prewar patterns as
a result of more plentiful supplies
and cheaper prices for some foods
or for other causes,” Agriculture
Dep’t predicts that “prices could de
cline as much as 10%. But even
after such an adjustment, meat
prices in 1949 would be higher than
in any year except 1948.”
v*'■'/ v*'^
Better Attendance
Urged At Sessions
Of Local Union 86
Local Union 86 met Monday
evening in their regular weekly
session with the usual attendance
on hand. How much better it would
be if more members would take an
active part in local and lend their
support to our officers in promot
ing the interests of all.
Especially is it important that all
shop committeemen attend the
meetings and keep informed of
conditions in the trade. The appren
tice rates under the new wage
scale was given to the local at this
meeting and with very few ‘cubs’
present, one would be safe in say
ing that a great majority of ap
prentices do not know what these
rates are.
We should also keep in mind,
especially when we hear a certain
few making the rounds complaining
of trade conditions, that our offic
ers can only carry out their in
structions. If you have a gripe to
offer, bring it to local and thrash
the matter out and if your com
plaint has merit, the matter will be
taken care of immediately.
We will vote for delegates to the
American Federation of L^bor con
vention at our next meeting on
Monday evening, Oct. 18. We would
like to see every member exercise
their privilege in this respect.
We would also like to call to the
attention of all members, the nec
essity of casting their vote in the
national election on November 2.
Never was it more important that
the members of labor show their
strength at the polls. To our repre
sentatives in Washington who vot
ed for the Taft-Hartley law, now is
the time to let them know what we
think of their actions. Bte it Demo
crat or Republican, any member
of the 80th Congress who voted for
this measure is an enemy of organ
ized labor and we should do our
upmost in removing them from of
We have received official notice
from headquarters that our hall
will be given the ‘new look’ during
the week of October 25 and it will
be necessary to forego obr regular
meeting on the above date. Mem
bers are urged to pass this word
along.—O.C. 86
Motor Vehicle Sales
Decline 3% In August
Detroit.—U. S. factory sales
motor vehicles during August
totaled 461,335 units, the third
largest monthly production since
the war, the Automobile Manufac
turers Association announced.
The August total of 348,804 pas
senger cars, 111,760 motor trucks
and 771 motor coaches, represented
a decline of about 3 percent below
July when 474,556 motor vehicles
were produced. The lowered output
stemmed principally from strikes
in supplier plants, which stopped
the flow of vital materials into final
assembly plants, the AMA said.
The month’s production, however,
was 32 percent above the same
month last year. Only March of
this year, when 492,034 vehicles
were built, and July topped the
August figure.
ffige better? 3# era
LABOR’S RHODES SCHOLARS—These four trade unionists—(1.
to r.) Irwin J. Suall, Seafarers Int’l Union Warren Red Novitch, United
Auto Workers Esther L. Demeo, Gas Coke &. Chemical Workers and
Ernest A. Calloway, United Transport Service Employes—began study
this week at Ruskin College, Oxford. Dr. Harold Taylor president of
Sarah Lawrence College, has suggested a two-way “Rhodes Scholar
ship” for study in England by trade-union members from the US. By
such a plan, says Taylor, “we will help develop a better informed trade
union leadership in America.”
Members of LU 94
Urged To Attend
The Next Meeting
Local Union 94 has very import
ant business to transact at their
next meeting and every member is
urged to be present.
First and foremost on the even
ing’s agenda will be a general dis
cussion of our by-laws which will
be revised in the near future.
Many changes have been contem
plated from time to time but no
thing of a definite nature has been
arrived at until a full representa
tion of the membership is on hand
to discuss the proposed changes.
Plans for a halloween party Will
also be discussed at this meeting.
While no definite plans have been
drawn up for the party, the tenta
tive date has been set for Friday
evening, October 22.
Prague (LPA)—Czechoslavakia’s
Communist led government last
week approved two bills calling
for forced labor “education” camps
and tight control of wages.
The labor camps legalized by the
cabinet decree have actually been
operating since September. New
ones will shortly be established to
“educate by work” those who “do
not want to obey their duty of con
tributing to the well-being of the
whole people.”
Shortly after the Communist
coup last spring the right to strike
was abolished. In last week's de
crees all vestige of collective bar
gaining disappeared. The Minister
of Social Welfare was empowered
to set the wages of all workers,
except civil servants, whose wages
have long-since been put under uni
lateral government control.
This week the parliament will fin
ish work on a series of “Protec
tion of the Republic” bills. The
proposed legislation would estab
lish special courts authorized to
hold secret trials of persons ac
cused of such crimes as “spread
ing false rumor s,” agitating
against the “people's democratic
system,” and “misusing religious
office to influence political life,”
and defacing Communist President
Gottwald's picture.
Contract settlement brought the
unionists an immediate bonus of
$200,000 in celebration of Labor
Day as 10 cents of the increase was
made retroactive to May 1, 1948,
expiration dote of the previous
O. David Zimring, director of the
Labor Bureau of Middle West, and
general counsel for the internation
al union, praised the “patience of
the members during the lengthy
but fruitful negotiations.”
“The new agreement,” he declar
ed, “is material and striking sup-
Natural Gas Convention
Specializes In Hot Air
Atlantic City (LPA)—The
American Gas Ass’n, the boys
responsible for most of the
layoffs in factories last winter
because of fuel shortages held
a convention here last week.
The natural gas artists have
found a solution to this pro
blem for next winter, tho. The
way out, is to raise the price
of the stuff. Then as many
people won’t be able to buy it.
If they freeze to death, that’s
a separate problem entirely.
No one at the convention
brought up that subject.
With the supply problem so
neatly solved, there will be ho
need of rationing and they
won’t have to worry about the
government i n e e ring in
their free enterprise. Now you
know what they do at natur
al gas conventions. They pro
duce het air.
Mitchell, commenting upon Wall
ace’s interest in the year old strike
of the 1000 DiGiorgio workers, re
marked: “Our organization would
ordinarily appreciate the interest
and the expression of support from
any well-meaning public figure but
I feel sure that the heroic men and
women walking a 20-mile picket
line do not want their struggle for
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Win Wage Increases, Paid Holidays,
$100 Monthly Pensions, Union Shop
Pittsburgh (ILNS)—Maintaining
Pittsburgh standards as among the
nation’s best, Divisions 85 and 1084
have negotiated a new contract
with the Pittsburgh Railways Co.
and the Pittsburgh Motor Coach
Co. Under its terms, the divisions’
3,600 members gained a 13-cent
hourly wage increase, $100-a-month
pensions, paid holidays, improved
health insurance benefits and the
union shop.
$200,000 Bonus
port for the Amalgamated policy of
collective bargaining in the Amer
ican fashion around the conference
table with the just demands of the
workers supported by unassailable
economic and industrial facts.”
Equally pleased were negotiators
John J. Burke, president Harold
Smith, secretary, and John T. Mor
gan, business representative, of Di
vision 85 and R. C. Lappe, presi
dent, and James Scanlon, secretary
of Division 1084.
Benefits Increased
They estimated more than $1,
320,000 yearly will be set aside by
the company to support the pen
sion system. The health benefits
are increased 40 percent and hos
pitalization benefits 50 percent.
Several hundred nonoperating
employes gain additional increases
on top of the general raise. Three
hundred get equalization adjust
ments of from 2 to 6 cents an hour.
Seventy percent of the adjustment
department members get an addi
tional $2 to $53 monthly.
AFL Union Spurns
Wallace’s Support
Washington (LPA)—It is Hither
a late date for Henry Wallace to
become interested in the plight of
agricultural labor, said President
H. L. Mitchell of the Nat’l Farm
Labor Union-AFL when he was
told that the Progressive Party
presidential candidate had referred
to the strike of the Di Giorgio
workers in a California speech.
Wallace said that the Di Giorgio
strike highlights the evils of bank
dominated farming—absentee own
ership and the improverishment of
farm workers. He declared that A.
P. Giannini, president of the Bank
of America, now being investigated
by the Federal Reserve Board for
violation of the anti-trust laws, had
lent rancher Joseph DiGiorgio “$1,
000,000 with which to fight this
ing on Oct. 4, Local Union 42
served the forty-ninth year of af|TF
filiation with the Brotherhood. Wei
that Local 42 has been a credit
It is true that many times we
have voted with the .’binority, but in
been wise in its original decisions.
As plans have already started I
for our golden anniversary cele-1^11,
bration in October of 1949, only a
light lunch was served commemor-lor
as you care to have it.
re ng
Refuse Offer To
Arbitrate Strike
Los Angeles (LPA) The oil
StE.*,' Health Committee
“■.S'.1!!_ At McNicol Plant
are quite proud of these many I I 11 I
years of service and we abo feel
to I
the parent organization. I •_*
ating this year’s event. However,I-—------------------------------------- ...
it was well received and a vote of
IPmiiaI lliasiftsssn
thanks is extended sisters Ida Ala-[LU lid I kJIvlSlUll VI
back, Carrie Doyle, Mary Karlis I... —,
and Nellie Jackson along with bro-1WAI*If |1|Q PI ICCPfl
there Carroll Mohr, ‘Whitey’ Lutz I” MlOwUQQUU
and Wilborn Stark. I A1 Bl 1J BH 1"
Every:! was well pleased with I Al nQ_ A HfflPAllIlP
our recent increase and it certain-[ -ww.. o
ly w»« a credit to our Executive A tttenAma WM 0„
Bouri uud conference con. ttee to pre,ident shell johlMon
have handled our proposa.. Much M|led the regular meeting of Local
an outstanding manner. lUnion
4 u ordw Mondl eveni
It remains to be seen just how D1KUMion, were )ively and to the
our present 33-centa per clock hour int ordeml u]t(!n t0
is applied to percentage. In the Lorrect the iasuea at hand,
writer’s opinion this will be a very I ...
ticklish job, and no doubt will cauae I On.e°f th »n
many commenta throughout the w brought
trade. We feel that our represents- fortF! was the
tives will do their best to see that d‘v‘8“" ”“r^’nonJ
this is applied in a manner that leastera at the Hall China Co. It
will be fair to all concerned. r'4 JI?’1 ‘hc brothers who
Congratulations to William Din- R* ’ork,n» f*V°r‘h' pUn
sios on the recent addition to hist^.ia accordance with the con
iine family. It is apparent thatEt,tat!0"’.w.hl1' few were of
other congratulations will soon be I °Pin,on
in order, not that we wish to pull L.On' ltlm
a Walter Winchell. Standing Comm.ttee for adpistment
It looks like ‘happy days’ again I™ re« h
for a certain decal girl now thatr0^11 ...
‘Bob' is back with us again I We n°ticed on the sample ballot
Anv ai«...aHnna fcssued by the Educational and Poli
Any suggestions that you n that the candidate for
tion'wil/'be diMiAau/’nsceiv^d*“rL..|
from our district (18),
as you want it, and just .rgefc^X^ "“onT^ST
’s your I
local, so let
’s have your
,. I Now is the time to reward this
UOPS‘ .. .... ...
I gentleman who
companies last week turned down| w-,T m__ ______
an offer of Oil Workers Int’l Union
to arbitrate the month-old strike of
17,000 workers at six refineries on
the west coast
The oil workers continue to man [reactivated USO._________________
their 500-mile picket line up and I
have sued for damages under the
Taft-Hartley Act and named 2,000 Ixav A
union members as defendants. In-
stead of naming unknown persons Iw
in the suit as John Doe or Richard I Washington. The Supreme
Doe as is usually done, they’ve [court opened its new term here
just numbered them: Doe No. 1, Ifaced with a host of cases revolving
Doe No. 2, etc., all the way to Doe [around issues of vital interest to
No. 2000. The method in this mad- [labor,
ness is that OWIU must defend Highlighting the list of labor
each of its members sued and in [matters which the court will con
filing defense petitions, $1 fee must [aider is the question whether the
be paid for each individual named, [states have the right to prohibit
|the closed shop. The court has al-
Union Chiefs Assure lready
Truman Of Support
Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Call- [form of union security.
ing at the White House, 26 leaders Other labor cases, which are the
of Labor’s Committee for Truman [most numerous in the codrt’s his
and Barkley assured President Tru- |tory, pose the following legal puz
man of their organizations’ support Izlere:
in the presidential campaign. May an employer give “merit
George M. Harrison, chairman of [raises” without first bargaining
the committee and president of the [with a union? (A lower court says
Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, |he may not)
said: I May an employer give pay in
“We called on the President first [creases for the purpose of holding
to express our gratification to him [his working force in a highly com
for the splendid campaign he is|petitive labor market, without first
making and the response he is get-[notifying union officials? (A lower
ting. The 26 officers, representing [court says he may.)
millions of workers, also conveyed Do the Taft-Hartley Act and the
to the President our enthusiastic [Railway Labor Act void a perman
and complete support of the effort |ent injunction issued by the United
to elect President Truman and Sen-[States District Court here last
ator Barkley.” I July against a threatened nation-
He stated that Truman expressed|wide railroad strike? (The lower
his appreciation of the support he|court, by issuing the injunction,
is receiving from labor. [held that the laws raise no such
J. 3&-
Clarksburg, W. Va.—Bro. John Fazio gave a very excel-
[lent report of the wage conference in Atlantic City at our last
|meeting. It was very gratifying to see that every chair in
that WT1’^Mthe hall was occupied as the meeting was called to order. Some
reiJX TH." provw'thrS' fed |of the late comer? yere ,°rced stand b“t. proceedings of the
pvening were so interesting, none seemed to mine.
uzz covered the proceedings of the wage parley de-
overlooking none of the merits or dismerits of each pro­
Iposai as it was presented before the joint group for adoption
rejection in the new agreement. Following his report a
has been disguising
a °a friend of the working man for
Oct. 18. Plan now to attend andl^
keep things rolling along.—O.C. 42l y.............................
for delegates to the
Federation of
was held and in
with “Hoyle.”
Due to renovations being
at national headquarters, our regu
lar scheduled meeting on October
125 has been postponed.—O.C. 4
I AFL Building TradcSincn
To Aid Community Chest
Washington. AFL building
OWIU had proposed that Gov. grades workers here will volunteer
Earl Warren and Lt. Gov. Goodwin |their service8 free the renova
J. Knight of California arbitrate!^011 a settlement house and
the dispute, but Union Oil Co. and pWground supported by Commun
Standard Oil of California declared Chest funds,
that they did not consider a wage I v The project, jointly sponsored by
increase a matter for arbitration. I^e Washington Building Trades
Oil company profits for the first sixlCou"cl1 an,d the Building Congress,
months of this year have more than I1® planned as a demonstration of
doubled those for the first half ofFhe “^e at least one days take
1947. Despite this the California home pay” appeal of the Common
companies have only offered 12 KeW Ch«« Fund drive for $4,566,790.
an hour. The union is demanding fhe, aum will go to support 104
19c. They have won 21c in most health and welfare sennees in th?
parts of the country. S Y
agreed to hear arguments
o Ion a case involving the statutory
Iban by one of the states on this
$2.00 PER YEAR
prising vote of thanks wars extend
|ed the conferee for a job well done.
All present voiced their approval
of the general 10 per cent increase
and while we were a little disap
pointed that a health and welfare
fund was not established, we
forward strides were made in tni-i
respect and a retirement fund will
be forthcoming at our next confer
Incentive plans were offered to
spray machine workers and stamp
ers which will be tried for a short
period after which the local feels
certain that everything will be
worked out to the satisfaction of
The Health Committee on the
shop has been very lax in their
duties during the past several
months but promi^^s to get on the
bail immediately and see to it that
the shop is kept clean. Too many
of our members have been guilty of
throwing refuse from their lurches
tn the floor instead of the orte
receptacles placed throughout the
shop. We also find the walls of the
dre ’ng rooms are being marred
by »o-called artists. This practice v
has got to stop and stop inrodiat-
ly or the guilty parties are going
to be fined. A word to the wiser
should be efficient.
The bowling season is now un-»X
derway and some of the boys are
shewyagfipe form- The girls not.
to be outdone have also taken tor*
the hardwood and their league
swung into action last week on the
Gore Alleys. All girls interested in
the sport are urged to see Ann
The McNicol softball team have
received their jackets for winning
the tournament sponsored by St.
Bridgets Church. The garments are
very nice and will come in handy
during the winter months ahead.
Local Union 99 was happy to see
the favorable returns in the refer
endum vote on officers’ salaries.
We notice in the ‘Herald’ one local
was lamenting the fact that if
their entire membership had exer
cised a full vote of their roster,
the count would have been different.
I don’t think any local voted their
full strength, and if they had, the
favorable vote would have been
much greater in this writer’s opin
The writer would like to urge the
entire membership of the National
Brotherhood of Operative Potters
to realize the importance of the
election on November 2. Investi
gate the records, and remember the
candidates that forgot to remember
you when they gave us the Taft
Hartley law.—O.C. 99
State Bans On Closed Shop Head List
Qf LQpQF BClOFC Sil0^1116 GOUIl
May unions require employers to
bargain with them about pensions?
(A lower court says they may.)
What about constitutionality of
the section of the Taft-Hartley Act
which requires union officials to
swear that they are not Commun
ists? (A lower court says it is con
The justices have already agreed
to rule in the new term on these
May the Wisconsin Employment
Relations Board prohibit union
members from leaving their work
benches at irregular times as a
method of pressing demands for
wage increases? (The Wisconsin
Supreme Court said it may.)
May a maunfacturer refuse use
of a hall for union organization
meetings? (A lower federal court
upheld the refusal.)
May Trenton, N. J., fine a union
official for broadcasting from a
sound truck during a printers’
strike? (New Jersey courts upheld
the city.)
Did the Wisconsin Employment
Relations Board invade the field
covered by the National Labor Re
lations Board by conducting an
election among LaCrosse telephone
employes? (Wisconsin courts up
held the state board’s authority.) A

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