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Thursday, December 23, 1948
Washington (LPA)—Leaders of
both the AFL and CIO this week
told Labor Secretary Maurice
Tobin that American labor expects
the new Congress to rapidly repeal
the Taft-Hartley law, and reenact
the Wagner labor relations act.
None of the conference partici
pants were willing to discuss de
tails of their hour-and-a-half con
ferences with President Truman’s
labor advisor. It‘ is believed that
the leaders of both federations em
phasized the unanimous resolutions
of the AFL and CIO conventions
that Taft-Hartley must be repeal
ed, and the Wagner act restored,
before consideration is given to any
new items of labor legislation.
First group to set* Tobin was the
CIO delegation—Secretary Treas
urer James B. Carey, David Mac
Donald, secretary-treasurer of the
s United Steelworkers of America
and General Counsel Arthur Gold
The following day the AFL dele
gation met with Tobin. It was Jed
by President William Green, and
included Secretary-Treasurer Geo
rge Meany and AFL Vice Presi
dents George Harrison, Daniel
Tracy, and Charles MacGowan.
A. E. Lyons, executive secretary
of the Railway Labor Executive
Ass’n and Executive Vice President
Al Hayes of the Int’l Association
of Machinists are also conferring
with Tobin this week. Labor Dep’t
sources deny the rumor that Tobin
wishes to exclude President John
L. Lewis of the United Mine Work
ers from the series of meetings. An
in vitiation was sent to UMW head
President Albert J. Fitzgerald
of the United Electrical Workers,
also called on Tobin last week, but,
he said, his visit was purely social.
The union chiefs’ insistence that
the Wagner act replace Taft-Hart
ley as the nation’s basic labor re
lations statute before any new pro
visions are considered, is not in
terpreted by administration offic
ials to mean that labor will oppose
all suggested additions to the Wag
ner act. It indicates rather, a be
lief that reasonable amendments
are more likely to be worked out
after th«£ Wagner act is firmly re
stored, and not tacked on to the
repeal of Taft-Hartley as a con
cession to anti-union congressmen.
Among the proposed amend
ments which many union spokes
men are believed willing to help
J1'•put into workable form are: pro
cedures for handling jurisdictional
disputes, some form of deterrent—
which would not involve anti-strike
injunctions—to so-called national
emergency strikes, and a modified
ban on secondary boycotts.
Labor Dep’t lawyers are at work
on specific proposals to deal with
these and other problems. Their
drafts will be available to con
gressional committees.. The Depart
ment does not, however, plan to
hand Congress a complete bill with
which to replace Taft-Hartley. The
position of President Truman and
Secretary Tobin seems to be that
the Democratic platform pledge of.
Taft-Hartley repeal must be hon
ored, but that the details of legis
lation are up to Congress.
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Ask Democrats To
Oust Dixiecrats
New York (LPA)—The Dixic
crats don’t belong in the Demo
cratic caucuses in Congress, a
meeting of the executive board of
Americans for Democratic Action
declared last week.
Removal of the southern rene
gades from the House and Senate
caucuses would automatically oust
them from key committee posts,
the ADA board members explain
ed, adding that “this same discip
line should bt* imposed on Wallace
Progressives in either House.”
If the Democratic leadership per
mits Dixiecrats who campaigned
openly or covertly against Presi
dent Truman to keep positions of
power and prestige in the new
Congress,” said an ADA state
ment, “such action would, in ef
fect, constitute a repudiation of
the people’s election mandate and
a sharp blow to southerners who
loyally supported the Democratic
Pledging themselves to fight for
the excellent principles on which
President Truman waged his cam
paign, the board pointed out that
if, “.thru timidity or indifference,
the liberal Democratic forces fail
to move swiftly and boldly to re
form Congressional procedures and
insure the appointment of genuine
progressives to key legislative
posts, there is danger that the Pre
sident’s proposals may be doomed
even before the Chief Executive
takes his new oath of office.”
National ADA Chairman Leon
Henderson tendered his resignation
at the meeting, explaining that he
will be out of the country a good
deal during the coming months and
will not be able to continue in the
Labor representatives on the
ADA board include Emil Rieve,
Hugo Ernst, David Dubinsky and
Walter Reuther.
Steel Official
Likes T-H Policy
Philadelphia (LPA)—The Taft
Hartley law’s interferences with
the right of foremen to orgahize
won high praise from C. M. White,
president of the Republic Steel
Corp., last week.
Addressing the Nat’l Association
of Foremen, which is sharp con
trast to the Foremen’s Ass’n of
America is pro-employer, White
“The Taft-Hartley law, plus a
labor board which is fair and judi
cious in its decisions, has liberated
foremen and workmen from con
stant government intervention, and
spells out the rights of foremen
and the rights of men clearly and
distinctly and unmistakably.”
Taft-Hartley, i n fact, denies
NLRB protection to foremen’s bar
gaining rights, and bars them from
belonging to rank-and-file organ
White also asserted that govern
ment support of farm prices, not
industry profits and production re
striction, is responsible for the
high cost of living.
Philadelphia (LPA)—Wage in
creases averaging 11c an hour
were chalked up for 12,000 work
ers here last week by the Dress
Joint Board of the Int’l Ladies
Garment Workers Union-AFL. Im
proved benefits from the employ
er-supported fund, which is paid
out of unemployed garment work
ers, are also provided for in the
new contract.
(Dinner & Cooking Ware!
$ Seven Floors Of Quality Furniture And Ail Furnish-
To Make A House A Comfortable Home*
W Established 1880 East Liverpool, Ohio
Convenient Terms :S
At CWA’s convention last sum
mer, delegates instructed President
Joseph Meime to appoint a com
mittee to “investigate the status”
CWA would have in case of affili
ation to either federation, and to
report to the executive board. The
board is to study the findings and
report them and a recommendation
to the 200,000 members of the un
ion in the form of a referendum.
The executive board will meet
Jan. 23 to 29, and the fact-finders
between now and then are expected
to confer with AFL President
William Green and CIO President
Philip Murray. CWA, which is the
largest union of telephone and re
lated workers in the country, was
formed two years ago out of a
loose federation of local phone un
ions, the Nat’l Federation of Tele
phone Workers.
Both AFL and CIO have unions
which already claim jurisdiction
over phone workers—the Int’l Bro
therhood of Electrical Workers
AFL and the Telephone Workers
Organizing Committee of the CIO.
Union Fights Belt
Co. Rate Increase
Baltimore (LPA)—Vice Presi
dent John W. Crull of the Com
munications Workers of America,
who has headed the 230,000-mcm
ber union’s study7 of AT&T rates,
conferred this week in Baltimore
with Maryland
Hall Hammond,
at the state’s
CWA’s material
financial position in Maryland.
Attorney General
He offered to put
disposal all of
on Bell System’s
This is the first time that CWA
has intervened against its princi
pal employer, AT&T, in a rate
case. CWA President Joseph Beirne
said that the union will continue to
do so wherever the facts justify op
position to the company’s demands.
“There ’is no over-all need for
the kind of increases being asked
for by Bell System companies,”
Beirne declared. He explained that
the .telephone companies are “rid
ing the crest of inflation, and try
ing to get as much money from
the public as they can for expan
In its recent demand for a $240,
000,000 nation-wide rate increase
early this month AT&T pleaded
that it can’t raise capital unless it
has its way about rates. But last
week when it put $150,000,000
worth of bonds on the market in
New York they were oversubscrib
ed on the first day.
NMD Wins $16 In
Raises This Year
New York (LPA)—Members of
Nat’l Maritime Union voted over
whelmingly this week to accept a
$3.50 a month wage boost for all
seamen, bringing their total raises
for the year to $16 a month.
Atlantic & Gulf Coast ship oper
ators granted the pay hikes under
a wage reopening clause in the
NMU contract. The sailors won
the first $12.50 when they sjgned
the contract last August. The new
boost brings their wages up to
those of west coast seamen, who
recently ended a long strike
NMU President Joseph Curran
pointed out that before the strike,
the west coast maritime workers
were getting as much as those in
the east.
In addition to the $3.50 basic
hike, the NMUers have won in
creased hourly rates for overtime.
Not to avenge one’s self upon
one’s enemies, is the command of
almighty wisdom and we take
this to be a safer guide than the
promptings of human nature.
JAN. v
Prohibit clo*ed shop, union shop
end maintenance of memborehip.
Union security contract* permitted
under certain restriction*.
I I No restriction*.
mmunication Workers
Sound Out AFL And CIO
Washington (LPA)—To find out*!
what their status would be if the:
membership decided to apply for
affiliation to either AFL or CIO,
Communications Workers of Am
erica this week set up a five-mem
ber fact-finding committee.
Want Committee
Policies Changed
Washington (LPA) Widely
publicized espionage exposes by
the House Un-American Activities
Committee have not changed the
feeling of most liberal Congress
men that the Committee’s proce
dures must be brought into line
with basic democratic principles.
Two lines of attack on the pro
blem were proposed last week.
Reps. Walter Huber (D., Ohio)
and Emmanuel Celler (D., NY) in
dicated that they are preparing to
replace the Un-American Activities
Committee with a special commit
tee on civil rights. Infringement
upon civil liberties, whether by
Communists, the-Ku Klux Klan, or
any other group should be spot
lighted by Congress, they main
On the other hand, Rep. Chet
Holifield (D., Cal.) suggested that
the best policy might be to leave
the Committee in business, but
hand it a set of rules which would
protect the rights of persons ap
pearing before it.
Key to Holifield’s bill of rights
would be permission to persons!at
tacked by committee witnesses' to
be represented by counsel, present
witnesses in their own behalf,
and cross-examine their accusers.
Holifield’s recommendations were
generally agreed to by a special
committee of the conservative NY
Bar Association. Committee sup
porters are' expected, however, to
demand an unqualified vote of con
fidence when Congress meets.
Ask Price Pattern
For Congressmen
Washington (LPA) In the
midst of all the talk of raising top
government salaries, including
those of congressmen, a good sug
gestion has come from Ben Marsh,
veteran head of the People’s Lobby.
Marsh says that “the salaries of
members of Congress should be
cut unless it cuts living costs.”
“Unless Congress can tprn back
prices it isn’t worth what it costs,”
Washington’s veteran progressive
gadfly thinks.
“No one begrudges Congressmen
a fair salary if they deliver the
goods, but merely wringing hands
and cussing out the NAM isn’t de
livery,” he points out.
Marsh explains that the Con
gressmen will have to use their
heads, because neither of the major
parties’ platforms prtrvide adequ
ate guides to inflation control leg
islation. And they’ll have plenty of
trouble too, Marsh believes, be
cause “293 members of the' House
and 71 members of the Senate are
college graduates, and ‘economics’
in most American colleges are de
signed to increase endowment
funds and contributions.”
But, the People’s Lobby execu
tive admits, “a real man can live
down four misspent college years.”
LLPE Working
On 1949 Plans
Washington (LPA)—The 30-man
administrative committee of LLPE
—the AFL political arm—this
week confirmed the AFL conven
tion decision to keep LLPE fully
operating between elections. Direc
tor Joseph Keenan said that full
plans for 1949 LLPE operations
will be made at the«AFL Execu
tive Council meeting in Miami next
Between June and November
1948, LLPE received $350,COO in
voluntary contributions from un
ion men and women, Keenan re
vealed. Goal set by the adminis'
trative committee for the next 14
months is $675,000—all to be rais
ed voluntarily from union members
and friends, as the Taft-Hartley
law requires.
Demand the Union Label.
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And the Season’s Greetings to
Up and down the land, over and
across and back again, we shall
hear that friendly greeting.
Mostly it will come from friend
ly persons, but now and then it
will slip past the lips of some char
acter who would stick a blade un
der your fifth rib, did a good
chance but offer.
So be it. Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!
It may be and for most it will be
a merry Christmas, but as for the
happy new year, we can but hope.
We may get through the year in
peace and if that is the case we
can be quite happy about the whole
Anyhow, nobody can stop us
from wishing and so we shall pass
along the happy salutation.
For a few days let us not get too
worried about Berlin and Korea
and China and the Dutch East
Indies and several other places.
But let us not quite forget about
We need to remeber that Japan
landed upon us at Pearl Harbor
while her envoys were in Washing
ton on an alleged mission of peace
ful adjustment
It was just like saying Merry
Christmas—and here’s poison in
your tea!
Japan had no moral scruples.
Neither has Russia. The end justi
fies the means.
The titanic conflict goes on, new
year or no new year. Why this is
so is one of the mysteries of the
Communism has nothing demon
strable to offer—nothing but de
gradation, slavery and fear.
But the conflict goes on, to de
termine finally whether freedom or
dictatorship shall rule over the
peoples of the world.
The new year seems destined to
see some exceedingly important
moves in that conflict.
So, my friends, the Season’s
Greetings to you and to yours and
may the New Year be a Happy
New Year.
Folks often are happy even in
the midst of disaster. There are
laughs even in the midst of war.
“Laugh clown, laugh!”
But there is something to be said
at this season—at this turn of the
We see about us the gravest of
threats to our peace and our wel
fare. And we know that even if
there is no war of vioelnce, there
is a war with other weapons and
never for a moment does it cease.
So, the something to be said is
this We must maintain our faith
in democracy.
We must keep our love of liber
ty aflame.
We must maintain
for justice.
our passion
our heads—
We also must keep
and our courage.
at the busi-
Also we must keep
ness of improving our own inter
nal order. In this respect we have
so far out-stripped Russia that
there is no comparison. But we
must do better.
Many evils remain to be remed
ied. Thousands of times we have
shown that we know how to remedy
evil, when we make up our minds.
Let us keep at that job.
Perhaps one of the crudest of
evils goes by the name of bigotry.
Even that seems growing weak
As long as we recognize .the
evils and count them as things to
be set right, we need not fear for
our internal order.
Therefore, let us now become
complaisant. 4
Let us be forever about the busi
ness of building a better nation,
with a better understanding of the
meaning of freedom and a more
nearly adequate guarantee of the
bestowal of its fruits upon our
people throughout the land.
Salutations to you, my friends,
and the Season’s Greetings.
Cut Production
To Kee|i Up Prices
Washington (LPA Sandwich
ed between union witnesses, who
had facts and figures to prove that
the textile industry is cutting pro
duct ion to keep prices up, indus
try spoke-men looked pretty silly
last week with their feeble protests
that they weren’t doing any such
thing. i
At the Congressional hearings
on business profits, one of the Sen
ators confronted Donald Montgo
mery, witness for United Auto
Workers-CIO, with figures pre
sented earlier in the week by tex
tile merchants refuting charges
made earlier by CIO witness Stan
ley Ruttenberg.
Montgomery, who doesn’t limit
himself to autf-m^LHes, gave th*
Senator the following revealing
figures: In the hoe industry, th*
production index hap gone down
from 142 in Jurie
1046 to IM in
the first nine months of this year,
the price .ndex went up
from 130 to 190. In cotton goods,
production went down from 164 in
November 1946 to 140 in the fir
nine months of this year, while
pr es went up from 175 to 212.
Woolen goods completed the pic
ture with production going from
184 in September 1946 to 167 in
the first nihe montiu of this year
(it’s even lower now) and prices
soaring from 114 to 146.
Progress In Move
For Reaffiliation
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).
Reaffiliation of the powerful In
ternational Association of Machin
ists with the American Federation
of Labor appears “very hopeful,”
AFL President William Green said
following an “exploratory” confer
ence here between committees re
presenting the two organizations.
Progress was reported at the 8
member conference, which will
meet again in Chicago early in
The machinists left the AFL sev
eral years ago over a jurisdictional
dispute with the United Brother
hood of Carpenters and Joiners.
The AFL committee urged the
machinists to return and settle
their dispute “on the inside” as
other unions have done.
“There is a manifest desire on
the part of both sides to end the
disassociation of the machinists,”
said Green. “That much has been
Reaffiliation of the IAM would
add 665,000 members to the AFL.
Union Plans Drive
For Pension Funds
Akron (LPA)—Existing pension
programs in the rubber industry
are inadequate on two counts. They
don’t pay enough to retired work
ers, and workers have no choice in
the administration of the plans.
Those are the conclusions of a
special committee of the United
Rubber Workers headed by Vice
President H. R. Lloyd, which is
scheduled to report on the union’s
pension demands to the URW Ex
ecutive Board in February.
“Our committee feels,” Lloyd
said, “that rubber companies, in
view of their record profits and
tremendous financial reserves,
should bear the costs of pension
plans that would assure retired
workers a decent livelihood. It is
our opinion that the workers, thru
their union, should have a share in
the administration of pension
The committee is consulting with
the United Steelworkers and Unit
ed Auto Workers about their exper
iences in negotiating pension pro
Louisville, Ky. (LPA) Harry
Petty, president of Kentucky State
Federation of Labor, long a figure
in the Kentucky labor movement,
died this month. Petty was an
active unionist until his death. He
was a delegate to the recent A FL
convention in Cincinnati. The KFL
head died of a heart attack in a
booth at Loew’s Theater where he
had been a motion picture operator
for 20 years.
Broadway at Sixth St
CIO Protests
Forrestal Move
Washington (LPA) —The CIO
Maritime Committee last week
protested to Defense Secretary
Forrestal against his proposal to
transfer 269 civilian-operated
Army transports to the Navy.
The CIO committee’s secretary,
Hoyt Haddock, pointed out that
during the war civilian crews of
43 merchant seamen handled Lib
erty ships, which under regular
Navy operation were assigned
crews of 167. He estimated that
costs of operation per vessel v .uld
increase by 70% if the civil ian
Army ships are turned over to th*
Navy now.
Haddock also reminded Forrestal
that his r’ans would disrupt ex
tremely eii.ctive methods of joint
operations worked out between the
Army and civilian ship operators
during the war. The merger would
also hurt civilian shipping firms,
he declared, and by displacing'
merchant seamen would reduce our
reserve of defense skills.
The "pnkesman also demanded a
public apology to our seamen‘for
an article recently published in
US Naval Institute proceedings
which charges “lack of discipline”
on merchant ships during the war.
(LPA)—Louis Sil
NLRB information
D.B. (Before Den-
verberg, chief
man since its
ham) era last week resigned from
the Int’l Brotherhood of Men
About-Town, Bachelors, Gin Rum
my Players and Helpers-unaffiliat
ed. Silverberg, long famous as the
“My advice to you is don’t get
married” man, has gone and done
it himself.
"EataHtehed June, 1913”
DIDN’T PAY—It wasn’t until after Dewey
top nu air* ment n n s* aped paternal
iv*-- •jrqtrrM
n r.
Almy Chemi* al Co.’s ,r___fp*-l”
about the AFL local in the and w n lepresentati
basic skills needed in collective bargaining, that union
relations exhibited “genuine health.” That’s the conclusion of a study
by Nat’l Planning Association deali’*tr with the day-to-drr.- rdati-r of
such men as foreman Arthur Atla*as and operator Frar: k Ev_ray,
shown in the Dewey & Almy plant at Cambridge, Mass.
happy ending
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Phone 190
New York (LPA)—According to
Robert Fetridge, financial writer
for the NY Times, a Kansas City
auto dealer wanted to sell a 1940
Chevrolet. He took in payment one
cow, one motorcycle, and 100
•shares of a penny mining stock.
Then he tried to get rid of the cow
by offering her in a “package” deal
with a 1948 Buick, both for $2500.
He sAld the cow, but still has the
Buick on the lot. Says Feb idge,
“Don’t be surprised, despite all the
talk, if your automt ule
phones you one of these days and
gives you a pre-war sales talk.
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