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Camden, N. 3.—Lofral Union 50
wound up activities for the old year
with the annpal banquet sponsored
by the firm. The party was a swell
affair with torkfcy and pll the trim
mings.
Stanley Backner, vice president
Jn charge of sales was the emcee
and kept things falling along in a
lively manner. Short tftlks were
made by Keith McAfee, phairmnn
of the board. Clyde )Vhitalcef, pres
ident Wafd Whitaker, secretary
treasurer and Dick Rabe, factory
'manager. Needless to spy we were
honored by their presence and en
lighteried in their remarks when
they revealed to Us Universal’sL
W. t.
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INTERNATIONAL LABOR:
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XLII, NO. 38
Sanitary Firm At
Camden Outlines
Plans For Future
T.i„ foremost ta A.|K™
Local Union 50 wishes to express [________________________________
its grateful appreciation of the
company’s efforts to make Christ-13
/mas a little brighter for its em-[fllllllwvlvtfl
ployees each year, and also wish
to extend belated New Year’s
greetings to all of Universal from
man here at Carhdeh, spoke to all
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Corp., makers of a full line of [revealed the group had planned a
bathroom equipment. All this is[box social following our meeting
gratifying evidence of our com-[ on February 7, musical entertain
pany’s eye to the successful future] ment by either Woody Waddell or
of Universal and to the job secur-[the Saddle-Mates from WKBN
ity of all its employees. Youngstown on March 4 axd a
At our last meeting we installed] radio to be chanced off around the
the following officers for the new| 5th of April.
term Hobart Blake, president It looks as though the commit
Frank Wannan, vice president ]tee can really hustle on a full
Nicholas Buss, recording secretary [stomach so we pray that they main
Eddie Dominik, financial Meretnfy.|tein a healthy appetite and keep
We would like to take this op-[up the good work and our Golden
portenity to commend Robeyt|Jubilee celebration in October wi
Chfesch, fortne/ "VresIffSWF far his|b* something to remember.
unselfish devotion to the duties of| Whit happened to Resolution
that office during his reign. Bob] 151 at our last convention pertain
has scored for himself an enviable] jug to issuing journeyman cards to
^record of which he may be very| N.B.O.P. members. The resolution
I proud.—O.C. 50 [passed and has much merit and
f*' should be fulfilled as ordered.
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diice a quality product for the mar-|
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ket so that our employer can find|■ a
a ready market for his product,)
thereby insuring full employment]
I The attendance at our first fewl New York (LPA)—New Yorkers
meetings in the new year has been|beaye^ sigh of relief late last
very good and it is the desire of|Y.ee^.,as tugboat operators and fuel
the officers that this continues, distributors finally backed down
Our new president has plainly aad gave their employes most of
stated that he intends to carry outkhat th!y been asking for Res
the laws of the local to the full ld,en^ of the metropolis had fear
extent of the law, which should ed deadlocked negotiations
meet with the approval of every-|wouJd ®ad t0 a pair of strikes that
one. Only by this method can wek°“’d have 8erlously mconvemenc
hope to build a sound organization l^tne city.,
and function as a progressive unit| settlement to be reached
in the Brotherhood ehain, promot- be‘weeJl ^cal J63- Bro:
kng the interwrt. of all. a .,nd
We are very glad to report Sie-P^'oel and fuel oil distributors
'ter Rosie Wells, forelady of the|01 klvere.w°n *2-26
neare dressers has been removed to ,nd coa* dr,v£8,,w‘" “rn
home after undergoing a majorP1*76 m0«, dy* Welfare pro
operation. Our beet wishes for grams and liberalized vacation and
her speedy return to the shop. h°lld«' P™''18!0"8' s,nulM,3 ‘.hose
I 146 |won by tbe IBT 8eneral drivers
I .......... [last fall, were also obtained.
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Hilf Ely 041 yif PflpAlf
The Health Committee got on the
job and we no longer smell any
[fumes around the dipping machine.
They informed us electric whirlers
LUvH VFW3lU[and dust collectors for the finish-
gts 91Ar lers
No better example for their feel- [will be held at our meeting on
ing can be found than to scan the [January 24. Every member should
.time cards in the clock dffice where [turn out and exercise his right
evidence shows the pasteboards are [and privilege.
being used daily to register the] We read in the daily press where
employees time for daily toil, in- [the director of the PAC states the
stead of merely being placed in the [people of Ohio are going to win a
file to show the various individuals [very important seat in the senate
have been carried on the payroll, [of the United States in 1950. We
What a far cry from the latter]heartily agree with this prediction
part of 1948 when work was prac-|and while we do not wish to add
tically at a standstill and many of[ two milestones to our life in rapid
us found it very difficult to make [fashion, we anxiously await the
ends meet. However, we are will-[ day to render our account with Mr.
ing to let by-gones be by-gones and Robert Taft.—O.C. 42
erase the thoughts of that period]
from our minds and Join with the[u
/firm in a determined effort to pro-|H
Stalled as soon as the
[necessary materials can be obtain
red. Until this becomes a reality,
how about using the broom and
Paden City, W. Va.—Although [fjoor ojj a little ofteneF?
the writer may be a bit optimistic,] The financial status of the local
he cannot help but notice the new|8eems to be in very good shape
look on the faces, of the employees [according to a report of the audit
of the Paden City Pottefry Com-|jng committee. A vote of thanks
panyj Many. have voiced opinion [was extended them for their fine
that the year 1949. holds bright [^ork
prospects in store for them. Nomination of national officers
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coast to coast. |Ta Da Dim AHaif
On January 4, Stan Backner, top|
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employees assembled in the ship-[ Salem, Ohio—Upon learning of
ping room at the plant and ann-[a meeting held recently at the
ounced the proposed merger of [home of Sister Jackson by the
I Universal and Rundle Manufactor-[committee planning our Golden
ing Company, effective Feb. 1. Uni-[jubilee celebration, your scribe
versal who makes lavatories and [contacted the group in an endeav
closets, merges with Rundles, who [or to find what transpired. “All we
manufactures bathtubs and fittings,[done was eat hamburgers” was
to form the Universal Rundle[their reply but further questioning
Wlimww
Willingness of Local 333, the
NO liCEs LOCAL zi [united Marine Division of the Int’l
Beginning this month meet- [Longshoremen’s A s s’ n-AFL to
ings will be held on the last [move its strike deadline up 24
Sunday of the month at 2 p. m. [hours made possible a last minute
in our regular meeting hall at [appeal to owners of over 400 har
headquartersl Members are re- [bor craft by William J. McCor
quested to make a note of this [mack, Mayor William O’Dwyer’s
change. (Tun to Page Two),
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Potters On Coast
Brag About Snow
Officers Elected
Huntington Park, Calif.
eastern half of the country
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especially the potters in East
erpool and Buffalo area do not
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Local UniOII 1 fZ Lor
Votes To Increase
not present at the meeting
December 10, be notified they
not subject to a $1.00 fine.
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While the plant yas down, numer- lfor a long happy marriage.
UTSE Employes
has
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ditions for
board said.
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Duffy And Jordan
Pressnt At Last
Meeting Of No. 44
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'many accomplishments during past| ^FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA—Union spokesmen are pushing]Christmas. Those of us whb are
.years as well as the company’s [for early Congressional hearings on bills to provide a pre-paid medical [fortunate to be employed by this
Dians to remain foremost in thelinsurance system. Discussing plans are (1. to r.) Sen. Howard Mc-L- K 3 3
__ ... ...^ .. /n i in x\ /Ln Itnougnnui concern, appreciate tneu iwren. iu vane maraians piuce as secretary 01 state, re ivea neany
production of sanitary ware the Grath (D., R.J.), Ser James E. Murray (D. Mont.) and Rep. Johh D. ir* of Christmas "d fee, sure endorsements from both AFL and CIO. Acheson (left) chats with hi
future. 4 (D., Mich.), three of the sponsors of companion bills S-5
and|th«r
FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA Union spokesmen are pushing |Christmas. Those of us wb
S.YFsen'j'.iti
l”i»vru iiiiuugii uiie xiuiiuayn.
tj,eir Christmas spirit was the
Itheir employees a turkey dinner
The Monthly Diiss n Zup^ra^ Leads To Idleness
[employees. The Spaulding also op-[
Action taken at the last meeting [erated through the holidays.’ Buffalo N. Y._ Local 76 held
of Local Union No. 172 reversed The Limoges China is again1 in Lke first meeting of the year on
the stand taken by members at a [full operation but the French-Saxon [pridayt January 7th, with Presi
previous meeting, in which* a [remains idle at present. |dent Carl Heintz presiding. What
motion was passed to assess a| The committee for our Golden [wag iackjng jn the number attend
$1.00 penalty on any member who [jubilee celebration reports progressing wag made up for by those tak
failed to attend a special meeting [with various committees being ap-[ing an active part in the proceed
called by the local. Quite a lot of [pointed to date. More details will |jngS. Due to the absence of Dorothy
discussion took place regarding |be announced at a later date. [Donovan, who is confined in Mercy
this fine and it was the consensus] It is with our deepest sympathies [hospital with a serious leg ailment,
of opinion to restore harmony into [that w’e extend our condolence to[j^argje 5fraz was appointed to fill
our ranks, the penalty clause be |the family of the late Bro. Alex [fig]- position as recording secretary,
waived and all members who were IWeinzenecker.-O.C. 44 I A repQrt frQm XmM party
on| [committee showed the party was
are
IAIamLaLhmai
in advance at the old rate are ing wanted but a few more chair,.
hereby notified to appear at thol Bro. Joe Sontag obligated theL Pottery and proved to
next meeting and make up the dif-lnewly elected officer, to serv, thel® th?
fcrence- local for,t! e neXtIS!X The’r anything elae, if continued, would
Delinquerit members should also|are as follows: John Fazio, pres-| e
take note of this fact and annearl^ent Richard Frye, vice president
take note oi tn is tact ana appear! financial secretary-I The question of changing meet
at the next meeting and clear uplcen tannery, nnanciai secretary,! u
their arrearage or face susnen- [David Bevan, recording secretary |in& halls was brought up and u
.ion -O Rose Payne, treasurer decided to canvas, the mem
_________________ The Health Committee reported foership and if the resuits were in
|the clayshop has been thoroughly we wou^“ change halls in
EAST LIVERPOOL OHIO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1949
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Sebring, Ohio—Ptesident James
M. Duffy and Secretary-Treasurer
Chas. F. Jordan attended tpie last
meeting of Local Union 44 and
were welcomed by a large turnout
I of our membership, in addition to
many visitors from other Sebring
locals.
Questions of long standing were
discussed to the satisfaction of all
and I am sure all who heard their
remarks have a much clearer pic
ture of conditions within the trade.
We appreciate their visit nnd hope
to have them back with us at some
future date. ...
if their ’empJoveeg a turkey at
The Royal China Co. gd've^ each
Jof their employees a turki
|HR-“783 thru which every American could afford iid medfeii cire fellowship will be fully new under-aeerrtary James E. Webb, in the park acroas from the White
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Prepaid .in loyalty. The plant op- [nouse-________ _______________ ___________________________________
erated through the holidays.
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llflfll KSDlll LOCfll
Due to the financial strain
the purse strings of the treasury,
the members decided to raise the
monthly dues from 50 cents to 75
cents. This was deemed necessary
after hearing the report of the fin
ancial secretary which showed Mwl- WV1C
funds in the treasury not solvent Clarksburg, W. Va. Although 8uccegs of the perty.
to meet current expenses. All|the weather was very bad, the at-|
members who have their dues paid [tendance at our meeting left noth-| ..
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cleaned and the rest of the shop|Aprd.
will receive similar treatment I A report on the Buffalo Pottery
shortly. Anyone found guilty of [Federal Credit Union showed only
Ithrowing refuse behind the benches [about one third of the employees
lor stilliards will be dealt with ac-lare members. A meeting of the
Icordingly. A clean shop is a healthy [credit union will be called to de
shop, so let’s all do our part in [termine what further action will
keeping healthy. Ibe taken.
_. The shop committee made an ex-1 Florence Walkowski, finisher,
and |cellent reP°rt of grievances hand- |wag the only new member initiated.
I *v |led by tbeir 8Toup and stressed |The names of Patrick Dillon, who
^‘Ithe importance of all employees |was drafted, and Lee Smith, Gerald
giving their fullest cooperation. If merger and Edward Biologlowicz,
have a thing on the potters on the|this procedure js followed, griev- Lho enlisted were ordered retain
west coast when it comes to bragg- |anceg can be reduced to a minimum Ld On the membership roll while in
mg of snow. We recently witnessed |an(j any disputes which may arise, Lhe service,
a shower of the white flakes, term- lcan be settled in short order. I ____________________
ed by many to be the heaviest in
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Los Angeles history. lating shop for our recent hewly-lAAfl
After a short vacation Vernon [weds, Bro. Herman Fredericks, Jr.
Kilns is back in full production [and sister Margaret Bise. The hon-1
and all indications look forward to|ore(j coup]e received many beauti-ICvonfi|j4Y
steady employment for some time.lfui gifts und the wen wishes of all
ous changes were made for which! gro Aruette Jalliffe who re-1 Washington (LPA) Having
the girls in the printing depart- lceived a sprained writs during the Ibeaten back the liberal Repub
ment offer their thanks. [holidays has fully recovered from [licans’ major bids for recognition
At our last meeting the follow- |the pajnful mishap and is back on |jn the Senate, top GOP leaders this
ing officers were elected for the job. [week are making sure that the for
new term William Hall, president gro Charles Smith is a patient [thcoming Republican policy confer
Fred Pennington, «vice president |at tbe Pinehurst Sanatorium at |ence keeps the party on the re
Lawrence F. Parker, recording sec- [Beckley, W. Va. [actionary line of the late 80th Con
retary Richard J. Jenkins, finan-[ fhe local extends its deepest [gress.
cial secretary-treasurer Josephine [sympathies to Bro. Walter Mey- In announcing general party sup
O’Brien, statistician Olive Bun-hs^y jn the death of his mother, [port for a “grass roots” policy con
yard, guard Blanche D. Everett, [__o.C. 99________________________ [ference Republican Nat’l Commit
inspector.—O.C. 113 [__________________________L [tee Chairman Hugh Scott denied
a..--------i--------------------- RIEDEL WILL HEAD
MLRB Poll For
local union no.
UTSE has recently been request-) William Riedel, president Guy [after his two to one reelection as
ed to send in organizers by work- [Ensinger, Jr., vice president Al-[Republican Policy Committee chair
ers in several agricultural products|fred Ferber, recording secretary, |man in the Senate.
plants in the south. Trueman em-|Ray Fry, financial secretary Taft chided the critics of his
ployes are members of Local 2000 [George Goppert, treasurer Oliver leadership»in the old Congress with
UTSE—the United Fertilizer and [Densmore, guard Frank Mount-[having no program of their own,
Allied Workers. |ford, inspector. [and just wanting to move closer
The board told the Trueman Co. At our next meeting on January [to the Democrats. He declared that
last week that it’s not up to em-[25, nomination for national officers [his reelection was a vote of con
ployers to try to tell the govern-[will be held. We would like to see|fidence for his policies.
ment agency whether or not a our entire membership present on Scott reiterated last week his de
union is in compliance with federal [this date^to aid in selecting those [termination to hold on to the Nat’l
met all legal con-1 whom they think best qualified to I Committee job despite criticism
NLRB ballot, the[serve in these Important posi-lfrom some Dewey supporters as
Itions.—O.C. 22 I (Turn to Page Two)
^^!Vvr ^jr-v- .^T'jjjrv w?£ w Vr' 5 *’fV
+k .~ „ril) e«iiv Inew under-secretarv James E. Webb, in the nark across from the White
Buffalo Potters
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aaaI |a financi«l as wel1 as a social suc-
|cess. The committee was given a
[vote of thanks for a job well done
land tbe
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secretary was ordered to
[send a special vote of thanks to
[Dorothy Donovan, chairman of the
[committee, for it was her splendid
[leadership and untiring efforts
[that were largely responsible for
xuocov merger ana r-uwaru diuiukiuwicl,
shower was held in the decor-1
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[that the GOP lost the election be-
?ause of its conservative position.
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We may as well face the issue
Ifrankly,” Scott said, “and say to
Local Union No. 22 held a short [those who believe that we should
[and snappy session On Dec. 28 with Imitate the Democrats in all things
Washington (LPA)—The NLRB|the usual turnout on hand to wind [that their proper course of action
last week gave employes at the |up affairs for 1948. After dispens- s to support the Democrats.”
Trueman Fertilizer Co. in Jack-[ing with the customary business A similar challenge to even the
sonville, Fla., a’chance to choose [matters, officers for the next six |mild liberalism of some Republican
the United Transport Service Em-[months of 1949 were elected as [senators was issued last week by
ployes as their union. [follows: [Sen. Robert A. Taft (R, Ohio)
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Palestine Scribe
Anxiously Awaits
Repeal of T-H Law
East Palestine, O.—Local Union
No. 31 still continues to carry
along although I must admit when
it comes to furnishing any news
for the ‘Herald’, we are a little lax
in this respect. However, as unof
ficial O.C., the writer takes the lib
erty to inform the trade of the re
sults of our recent election of of
ficers.
President, Claude Beight Char
les Cunningham, vice president
Russell Biggens, secretary Esther
Dishong, assistant financial secre
tary Lorin Lipp, treasurer Lewis
Mason, guard Florence Garside,
inspector Leland Quinn, defense
secretary Charles Hall, corres
ponding secretary Donald Raffer
ty, trustee.
Most of the brothers and sisters
are back at work after a short
vacation. Some departments are
not working full time but hope to
shortly.
The writer has been scanning the
news in the daily press lately, hop
ing for the eventual day when
glaring headlines will announce
repeal of the Taft-Hartley law.
When this is accomplished then the
next step for all labor is to point
to the elections in 1950 when we
will have an opportunity to re
move our honorable Senator
from the Washington scene.
Taft
Settlements Made
On Jubilee Shapes
At Laughlin Firm
The following settlement was
handed down this week by the Gen
eralware Standing Committee per
taining to Jubilee Shapes, a pro
duct manufactured at the Homer
Laughlin China Company.
The case was entered before the
committee for a settlement on jig
gering and finishing prices, involv
ing Local Union Nos. 12 and 53.
Jiggering
Finishing
per dozen
per hundred
dozen
4 inch .0826 1.89
5 inch .0905 2.23
7 inch .1305 2.76
8 inch .1475 2.76
Saucer .0747 1.83
Coupe .1289 2.36
Labar United To
Fight Sales Tax
Atlanta (LPA) A state-wide
committee of AFL, CIO and unaf
filiated unions last week reported
real progress in its drive to defeat
a proposed Georgia sales tax. Sc
keen have been the proposals of
the labor committee that the As
sociated Merchants of Georgia
announced they will support the
union program in the state legis
lature.
In addition to educating Georg
ians against the sales tax idea the
united labor committee, of which
John Piercey of the Georgia Work
ers Education Service is consulting
economist, has drawn up its owr
plans for taxes to meet the state
budget.
Increased state corporation and
personal income levies, and mod
ernization of the property tax
structure are the keynotes of the
union program. In one county
alone, corporations reporting a net
worth of over $14,000,000 were as
sessed last year on only $2,500,000.
Quoting an excerpt from a letter
received at eastern headquarters
from the Secretary of Local Union
72: “it is a picture to tell you of
the Christmas Bonus we also re
ceived. All the men employed here
when the first fire occurred received
$200.00 anyone employed before
June 15th of this year received
$100.00 and anyone employed after
June 15 received $30.00.”
It was further expressed by the
Secretary that eneh of the 130
men employed at tf.e Peerless Pot
tery Company were pleasantly sur
prised at receiving this substan
tial bonus, and Lr-al 72 desires to
express to the n._:_agement their
•■ihcere appreciation and thanks for
this consideration.
Happy Days Again
For Potters At*
Cambridge Shops
Cambridge, Ohio There was
reason for rejoicing among potters
n Cambridge when Plant No. 1
resumed operation last week and
No. 3 this week. Plant No. 2 will
start in a week or two. Pay checks
are needed after the Christmas
drain on pocketbooks. New shapes
are now in production and we have
hopes of steady work.
At our first local meeting of the
New Year, officers were installed
for the coming year with James
Coffey, 1948 President doing the
honors. Frank Campbell is Presi
dent and John Tulip, Vice Presi
dent. Mr. Campbell was recently
elected President of the Central
Labor Body for the fourth year.
He announced that a local of bar
tenders, waiters and waitresses
had been formed after many false
starts and delays. This is recogniz
ed as another step in the right dir
ection and a feather for the central
body.
The report of the Canvassing
Committee was read after requests
by the membership. It was receiv
ed with mixed emotions. Some
‘aces were blank, some angry,
some amused, but none missed the
mportance or meaning of this re
port. As a sports writer once said,
,hat a boxer does not fight the
Champion twice and retain nis
reputation, and as I was told sev
eral years ago that Bro. Duffy can
ake care of himself in any com
oan y, so he has again. Though the
nd of the salary squabble is not
:n sight, the odds are with Mr.
Duffy and Mr. Jordan.—O.C. 122
Teamsters Plan
Organizing Drive
Chicago (LPA) District and
'ocal leaders of the Int’l Brother
hood of Teamsters-AFL crowded
nto Chicago’s Hotel Morrison this
veek to attend a planning session
’or the organizing drive which
(BT heads say will “reach into
wery corner of the continent.”
Presiding officer of the confer
ence is IBT Executive Vice Pres
dent Dave Beck, who has been as
dgned to spark-plug the organiz
ng drive by President Daniel
Tobin.
Highlighting the first day’s ses
sion was a speech by former Sen.
Burton K. Wheeler (D., Mont.),
now a tearmster attorney, and for
24 years chairman of the Senate
Interstate Commerce Committee.
Wheeler is considered a leading
authority on trucking industry law.
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OFFICIAL ORGAN
NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD
OF OPERATIVE POTTERS
Annual Christmas Party
For Employees of Wenczel
Tile Proves Big Affair
Trent ,n, N. J.—The eighth annual Christmas party for employees
of the Werorri Tile Company, sponsored by the firm, was held on the
p!ant Dece. ner 23 and as usual turned out to be a super-duper affair.
Places were arranged for seating 300, comprising the office force,
th* ntir- v and wives and friends of management The
ge: ral luiui p.iis that the committee dune a swell job in
arranging for the banquet which consisted of decorations in keeping
v.it? tr holiday spirit a a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and
rLiCk.i.:aents. The iacu.Liers of Local 181 uiih to take this medium of
expressing our thanks to the management of the Wenczel Company
“♦for the party, which seem to get
bigger and better each year.
Evansville Firm
Rewards Employes
With Xmas Bonus
Trenton, N. J.—The old saying,
“Don’t throw away the wishbone
from Chris tn.as turkey dinner, it
~'ny be a lu ky one”, proved ju-t
tnat to emp. yees of the Peer
Pottery Company in Evansville,
Ind., judging from a communica
tion received this week from the
eastern office of First Vice Presi
dent Wheatley.
w
i$2.00 PER YEAR
Special thanks also to Messers
Stephen, Chester and Thomas Wen
czel, Kenneth Bray and William
Holland who footed the bill and to
the committee which arranged the
party comprising Walter Pugh,
chairman Fred C. Gergauser,
Frank Sobon, Florence Michaloski,
Anna Murranka, Stephanie Chest
er and John Scott.
The Wenczel Company which
manufactories wall and floor tile
and high-grade art ware and novel
ties, has for many years made the
Christmas Season something
worthwhile for their employees to
celebrate. Each employee receives
a turkey which generally averages
better than 20 lbs. Instead of a
bonus this year the company, in
keeping with the new amendment
to the Unemployment Act, has im
proved tl death benefit and hos
pitalization group policy along
with the sick and accident insur
ance required now under New Jer
sey law, which will provide approx
imately $26.00 a week if em
ployees are affected by sickness or
accident not covered by regular
compensation.
Local 181 has been in agreement
with the Wenczel Company for
better than eight years and during
all that time has not had one
minute of a work stoppage. We at
tribute this to intelligent leader
ship by Brotherhood officials and
fair and honest consideration be
tween employer and employee. We
beKeve our wage average is as
hjgfi’as-mtJHpottery theaouMtey.
At present we are working under
a union shop check-off contract
which includes straight time pay
for holidays if loafed and double
time for work performed on holi
days or Sunday and time and one
half for overtime and Saturday
work.
The art ware department is not
operating at full capacity at pres
ent but the plant is going full
blast on tile and the art ware work
ers are switched on the tile side
and maintain their previous hourly
earnings while pinch-hitting in tile.
At our next meeting officers will
be installed and we would appre
ciate a good turnout. It is rumor
ed that refreshments and a light
lunch may be served by the social
committee.—O.C. 181
President’s Steel
Plan Gets Results
Washington (LPA) President
Truman’s suggestions that the pub
lic find out whether or not the steel
industry is prepared to meet the
nation’s needs has, despite all the
industry attacks upon it, brought
some results already.
The Steel Products Advisory
Committee which administers the
industry’s voluntary allocations
programs agreed last week to Com
merce Dep’t recommendations with
out a whimper. Before the elec
tions the Committee,- which is
made up of steel company vice
presidents, had threatened to' dis
band since the law under which it
has been operating expires in
March.
More mining machinery, oil field
equipment, and freight cars for
both domestic and foreign use are
provided for in the new allocations.
Principal foreign use of freight
cars will be hauling South African
manganese to port for use by the
US steel industry itself. Grain
storage bins, and construction and
repair of merchant vessels are also
contemplated.
In the midst of the industry bar
rage against the President’s sug
gestions for a study of steel ca
pacity, government loans to the in
dustry for expansion, and possible
public construction of new plants
if industry refuses to erect more
blast furnaces, at least one iron
and steel business group was will
ing to identify itself with the
White House proposals.
A group of Texas business men
who’ve recently paid off govern
ment loans which helped them build
a pig iron plant called at the
White House and told Truman that
they want to build a steel plant,
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