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We, the committee on officers’
report beg leave to submit to the
55th convention of the National
Brotherhood of Operative Potters,
the following report:
We are proud of the aid that is
given to these unfortunate broth
ers and sisters and of the interest
our Board has shown toward them.
We recommend that this assist
ance shall be continued and the
delegates will write them a note, of
cheer and encouragement.
We commend the Board mem
bers for their services in the past
wage conference, their success in
securing a substantial wage in
crease and better working condi
tions throughout the trade. We
recommend that they continue their
efforts towards a welfare and pen
sion plan.
Discharge Committee
We find this committee to be a
court of human welfare, and re
commend its continuance.
Generalware, Decorating and
Chinaware Standing
We commend the members of
these committees for their efforts
of adjusting matters which areal*'
ways difficult and reeommend that
the committees continue to func
tion wherever their services are
required. ...
We commend the Board mem
bers for the attention they are giv
ing to the increased introduction
of automatic machines and recom
mend that they continue their ef
forts to obtain satisfactory wage
adjustments. .,
We further recommend that em
ployees in this branch of the in
dustry call to the attention of the
Board any changes which may
occur. ..
We note with keen, satisfaction
the wonderful progress, being made'
in the sanitary trade. We ’com
mend the Board and the members
of this trade whose efforts made
this possible.
Artware, Novelties and Specialties
We commend the Board for the
attention given to these branches
Imports of Foreign
Job Opportunities
“There is no other industry suf
fers as much in home markets be
cause of foreign competition as
the pottery industry,” Mr. O. R.
1 Strackbein, tariff representative
told delegates seated at the annual
Mr. Strackbein, successor to the
late M. J. Flynn, told of appearing
^^before the State and War Depart
^Bments in Washington along with
^^President James M. Duffy and
other Brotherhood officials, prior
to the opening of the 55th conven
tion, seeking their help to curb the
flood of cheaply-produced foreign
ware that is threatening American
The speaker in his remarks trac
ed the fight the Brotherhood has
waged since 1934 when the Trade
Agreement Program was adopted.
Labor he stated, has never legis
lated tariffs to exclude imports, but
we do ask that consideration be
given the pottery industry to com
bat the influx of pottery ware
from Japan where the workers are
^^paid 7 to 9 cents an hour.
Adding further to his remarks,
^^Mr. Strackbein, pointed out that
during the war we were not bother
ed with foreign competition to the
extent that it was an alarming sit
uation, but the last six months he
added, the sellers market has shift
ed to a buyers market since pro
duction has caught up and the con
sumer holds the whip handle in a
buyers market.
Asking a tariff to bridge this
gap, the speaker told of the Trade
Agreement Program adopted with
foreign countries for less policy
of war. The government in adopt-
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Report Of Committee On
Officers’ Report Adopted
By Convention Delegates
Floyd (Tally) Lisk, chairman off-
the committee on Officers’ Report,
read his group’s report to the dele
gates of the 1949 convention w|th
Harry T. Brady of Local Union
20, Steubenville, in the chair.
The report which follows, re
ceived the approval of the conven
tion. .•
of the industry and the success ii
obtaining wage rates, group insur
ance and hospitalization, in spite
of curtailed operations.
Porcelain and Refractories
We note the wage pattern ha
been maintained for the members
of these industries. We wish tc
commend the Board members foi
their help in added gains in the
past year for these groups.
Yopr committee notes with plea
sure that due to mutual coopera
tion of all concerned and in spite
of many difficulties due to slack
business conditions, fire and other
occurrences, satisfactory progress
continues in wage conferences and I
other qnion activities. I
We further recommend that the
attention of the Union Labor Life
Insurance Company be directed to
this field that more of our mem
bers may have the opportunity of
buying this type of protection.
Delegates In Convention Find
We regret the surrendering of
the charter of Local 216, Jones-1 President William Green of the
boro, Tenn. Despite the loss of this [American Federation of Labor told
local and noting that no new [delegates at the 55th convention,
charters have been issued, 512 new [“it looks like 1951 or 1952” before
members have been added to our [labor can hope for repeal of the
membership in the past year. [Taft-Hartley law.
We commend the Board members The AFL chieftain added “labor
aod organizers or their persistent aroused by the Taft-H^rtley Act
•ffort to organize the Shenango[and other backward legislation,
Pottery Company and their efforts [trade unionists* friends did a great
to bring some of the Zanesville [job in 1948. They retired many of
district potters into the union. [their Senate and House enemies,
Foreign Competition |and fil*ed *heir places with pro
We feel that the approach to this [gressives.
problem is through the America’s “Good as that job was, it was
Wage Earners’ Protective Confer- |not quite enofigh to repeal the T-H
ence, of which bur organization is [Act in this session of Congress,
a member. We approve of the past [That was partly because of two
efforts through the medium in our [obstacles:
behalf ahd recoirimend that our “First, only one-third of the
membership cooperate with them [senate members were Up for elec
l?y directing the attention of the|tion in 1948. Seqpnd, the unholy
Congressmen in oUr states and dis- [combination of Taft-Republicans
tricts to this program. [and reactionaries of the South
Taft-Hartley Law [joining with reactionaries of the
We are disappointed in the fail- [North mustered a majority.”
ure of Congress to repeal the Taft- Despite these obstacles he ad
Rartley Law. We recommend that ped, “the anti-labor law would now
the Board members continue to [be out, or on its way out, if work
usp their effoits to, relieve the bur- [ers and unions had realized their
dens imposed upon labor by this I-------------------------------------------------
unfair and unjust legislation. mv TVi
{Turn to Paft Five}____IN0W
Ware ThreatenslWon In Flora
if American Potter
ing this plan is not concerned with [here as an aftermath of the “free
any industry and somebody is [dom of the press” battle waged in
bound to get hurt. [this city.
In the pottery industry where By a majority of 1338 to 1218 in
wages are a high factor in pro-|a referendum, voters here enacted
duction costs, the imports of for-[an ordinance requiring city officials
eign ware are a serious threat to to deal with Local 702 of the In
the industry. In other industries [ternational Brotherhood of Elec
such as automobile, electric equip-[trical Workers as bargaining
ment and office furniture, which [agency for employes of the city
are highly mechanized, these in-[owned light and water plants,
dustries are protected by a tariff The local has been on strike for
set 40 years ago. [many weeks in a fight for recogni-
This tariff, he stated is hot suf-|tion, and the utility was being op
ficient to the pottery industry, [erated with scabs. It was this strike
While there has been a trend to a [that had brought the issue of a
certain degree of mechanization in [“free press” to the fore,
the pottery industry, it has not| Charles T. Crowder, editor of
reached the stage where the pre-|the “Flora Sentinel,” a bi-weekly,
sent tariff laws will protect the in-JgBve the strikers’ side space in his
dustry. [columns. Local businessmen blew
In the past two years imports Lp at that, and demanded that he
from Japan has greatly increased [suppress news of the strike.
since army authorities have map-| When he refused, they secretly
ped plans to make Japan self-sus-[bought up notes and a mortgage
taining as early as possible. It if [on his building and equipment,
with this thought in mind that [foreclosed on the property, and
your Brotherhood officials have ap-[prepared to close it up. The IBEW
pealed to the authorities in Wash-[stepped into the breach by .extend
ington seeking information as to|jng a loan to clean up the paper’s
how far they intend to build the [debts.
pottery industry beyond the 1930 The Brotherhood made it clear
level. We have been given assur-|it did so in the interests of “free
ance they are ready to consider |dom of the press”—and that it
our problems. Perhaps the answer [would in no way seek to dictate
may be the escape clause in the the editorial policy of the paper.
Trade Agreement act if we can The United Labor Group of Clay
show where imports have greatly |County, an alliance of AFL and
increased. {Turn to Pafe Five)
Mr. Strackbein pointed out that I-----------------------------------------------
one American corporation has con-1 NOTICE DIPPERS
structed a large pottery plant in Special meeting Friday even
Puerto Rico and in the very near[ ing, July 15 at 7:30 p. m. Re
future will begin the shipment of port of delegate to convention
{Tun to Puge Tve) and election of officers.
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We 'recommend approval of the I
Executive Board activities in this I
area and suggest that they con-1 President William Green of the A.F.L. received a tremendous ovation as he stepped to the speakers
tinue to follow the present line of I rostrum to deliver a stirring address on the A.F.L’s 1950 election campaign policy. Escort committee
action in order that the Brother-1 reading from left, J. I. Sullivan, Sebring A. F. Talbot, Tiffin Clarence (Chief) Davis, Redlands, Calif.
hood may continue in a strong I £arn Tipton, Erwin, Tenn. Rex Morgan, Richmond, Calif. President James M. Duffy and Secretary
position in this important area. I Treasurer Chaa. F. Jordan -Photo by Mamraek t,s
\You Did It In 1948! Dets Do Better
\ln 1950! AFL Chief Tells Delegates
own strength last year, and had
thrown a few more political
punches. It is easy now to see sev
eral more Senate and House battles
which could have and should have
been won, and they would have
turned the tide. 41Wed
“Next year, another third of. Are
senators, and all the congressmen,
will face the voters again. It is
not too early to begin preparing
for that campaign.
As experience in 1946 and 1948
proved, the secret of success is
simple. It is getting out the vote.
Workers and their friends lose
when the vote is small.
Adding a personal touch in his
remarks, Mr. Green urged the dele
gates that when they returned to
their respective localities, they
should see that every Local Union
in the National Brotherhood of
Operative Potters chain appoint a
committee to see that every mem
ber votes, and that his wife, other
relatives and friends vote, too.
“That is no fancy or mysterious
prescription, but it works," he
$10,000 To League
Matthew Woll, president of the
Union Labor Life Insurance Com
pany extended greetings from that
body to delegates seated at the
55th convention at the afternoon
session on July 7.
Mr. Woll who is also first vice
president of the American Federa
tion of Labor told of the rapid
strides made during the past few
years by labor’s own insurance or
Substantiating his remarks as to
the solvency of the Union Labor
Life Insurance Company, he read
from a certified public report of 14
leading insurance companies in the
United States, showing the ULLIC
as tops in this field. The National
Brotherhood of Operative Potters
can rightfully feel proud of this
record, he stated, as your organ
isation is a shareholder.
The Union Labor Life Insurance
Company, born within the Ameri
can Federation of Labor twenty
two years ago this month, has pro
gressed nobly in its objectivies of
furnishing the various forms of in
surance protection that are becom
ing more and more vital to all wage
earners, he stated.
Touching briefly on the anti
labor Taft-Hartley Bill Mr. Woll
stated that this vicious measure
drawn up to curb the activities of
labor, proved a boomerang in some
respects inasmuch as one of the
provisions in the bill calls for col
lective bargaining on Health, Wel
fare and Accident provisions in
contracts with employers. Under
this provision the Union Labor
Life Insurance Company has grown
by leaps and bounds.
The Company, he added, has
'aided labor unions all over the,
JMfm Herald
A A‘.
“It worked in 1948” he stated,
“it will work still'better in 1950,
if labor starts early and ‘keeps on
the ball’ until the polls close on
election day.”
Winding up his address, he ad-
“There will be no hunting, no
fishing, no sports, no nothing on
Election Day, but voting.
“From now on there will be door
bell ringing, telephone calling and
talking to friends and neighbors in
every precinct in the country.
“For the 1950 campaign there
will be established a perfect ma
chine to defeat those who are seek
ing to rob us of our freedom.
“The American
Labor will never
until we succeed
Taft-Hartley law
“We are stronger, better able
to take care of ourselves than ever
Federation of
remain passive
in wiping the
off the statute
He repeated a previous pledge
to work for the defeat of U. S.
Sen. Robert A. Taft (R., Ohio) in
the 1950 election.
Convention Passes Resolution Donating
For Human Rights
country in their contractural nego
tiations concerning welfare plans
for their members. With welfare
and pension plans receiving more
and more attention at every discus
sion of a new contract we aim to
assist in every way possible by
lending our counsel and guidance
to the membership of the National
Brotherhood of Operative Potters.
As labor consultant to the Unit
ed Nations for the American Fed
eration of Labor, Mr. Woll stress
ed the urgent need for the mem
bers of the Brotherhood to support
Labor’s League for Human Rights.
He carefully guided his listeners
over the methods this organization
has to follow in carrying on their
great work. He pointed out the
plight of our brothers and sisters
in foreign countries and the hard
ships they are undergoing in order
to carry on as trade unionists.
One of the outstanding surprises
to the delegates as he traced the
activities of the League was the
expenditure of $50,000,000 to aid
the less fortunate in foreign lands.
All of this money the speaker
stated was raised through volun
tary contributions from the ranks
of organized labor in America.
Continuing further he added,
“our work has been very success
ful, but we have a long way to go.
If we are to keep up this fine re
cord and I am sure every member
of your organization wants us to,
your support is needed and I feel
you will lend us every possible aid
you can.”
Mr. Woll told of the methods
employed in Soviet Russia to com
bat aid being offered workers in
that country to form democratic
{Tun to Page Tm)
Fish Fry Held By
Potters Quartered
At Schenley Hote
Mixing a little social activities
to ease the strain of convention
duties at Atlantic City, delegates
registered at the Schenley Hotel
on South Carolina Avenue, staged
a party among their group in the
form of a ‘fish fry.*
The delicacy which graced the
beautifully decorated table was
furnished through the courtesy of
Bro. Arthur Parrish of Local Union
130, who demonstrated to his col
leagues his ability with the rod
and reel.
Group singing of popular songs
of by-gone days followed the din
ner with a special feature being
added to the program of a “Happy
Birthday” rendition for Roy Broad
bent, 'popular kilnman, who tt*
loctantly admitted he has passed
the minor stage in life.
The assembled group included
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McBride,
proprietors Mr. and Mrs. William
G. Kohlar, Pittsburgh, Pa., Mr. and
Mrs. Guy Digman, Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur Parrish, Louis Sanford,
Cecil Calhoun, Roy Broadbent and
Luther Hall.
Van Buren Hotel
Holds Farewell
Party For Potters
Following a custom of former
years, Mr. and Mrs. John Winters,
popular proprietors of the Van
Buren Hotel located on Kentucky
Ave. in Atlantic City, were host to
their pottery friends at a farewell
party on the eve of their depar
ture from the seashore.
The genial hosts need take no.
back seat from the nationally
popular Elsa Maxwell when it
comes to staging parties. With aj
menu consisting of everything from
“soup to nuts”, the assembled
guests spent a very delightful
evening and one that will linger
long in the minds of those present.
Group singing throughout the
evening was enjoyed by all as was
the special musical selections rend
ered by the* Kentucky Avenue
Choister Club comprising Mr. and
Mrs. Sidney Young, Mr. and Mrs.
George Salsberry, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Gill, and Arthur Devlin.
In appreciation of the hospital
ity extended the potters, a beauti
fully decorated Union-Made din
ner service now graces the table
at the Winters homestead.
50,000 Units First Year
New Housing Law Goal
Washington, D. C. (ILNS).
Following a conference with Pre
sident Truman, Housing Adminis
trator Raymond Foley said that he
hoped to get 50,000 public- housing
units started in the new housing
program’s first year. Government
agencies were “quite well set up”
to get the work started as soon as
the program cleared Congress,
Foley added.
The legislation, which was sent
to a Senate-House conference for
ironing out minor differences, calls
for completion of 810,000 public
housing units in 6 years. Foley said
that as soon as the bill was signed,
a request for funds for first year’s
operations would be ready for
Insurgents Guilty
Six Draw 10-Year Ban From
Holding Office Fine And
Probation Given To Others
The 55th Convention of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters came to a close
cm Saturday, July 9 after an eleven day session. The first day was taken up with the formal
opening exercise, with the trial of the six—Larry Finlay, Norman Whippier, Shell John
son, Ed Jones, Clyde McDaniels and E. C. Armstrong—commencing on the second day and
lasting for six consecutive days.
Finlay, Whippier and Armstrong of the accused were present, and they had every pos
sible opportunity to defend themselves. However, in spite of these facts Finlay, who seems
to be the chief spokesman for his group, termed the trial a farce and said that it was an
“Executive Board packed convention”. The fact of the matter is that before the trial got
underway Finlay got the floor and was granted permission by President Duffy to read from
'fr “Roberts Rules of Order” pertaining to the election of a chairman.
Rules of order of necessity are modified by organizations’ constitution,
by-laws, precedents, policies and practices which, since our inception
have permitted the president to call a lay delegate to the chair when
any matter which he may have an interest in is pending before the con
President Duffy did not assert his right of so long and indisput
ably established rule to call a lay delegate to the chair. A motion was
then offered by the Finlay group to go into the election of a temporary
chairman to preside during the trial of the accused. The delegate whom
President Duffy had selected as^
temporary chairman was nomin
ated from the floor, with the Fin
lay group nominating their choice.
A secret ballot resulted in the Fin
lay group’s choice for temporary
chairman being elected by a very
substantial majority. This evidenc
ed unmistakably that the majority
ef the delegates were not pro-Duffy
but open minded and fair.
In support of this we quote from
the East Liverpool Review’s item,
authored by Finlay as follows:
“Mr. Finlay meanwhile termed the
trial a farce. He said the conven
tion voted down Mr. Duffy’s ef
forts to have a Canonsburg pottery
apprentice serve aa ehnivraan and
forced the acceptance of James
Coffey of ehariffidge who presided
dislike of an apprentice acting as
temporary chairman was consist
ent with his refusal to work on the
opposite shift with an apprentice
in one of the East Liverpool pot
teries. His making a demand upon
the firm to discharge said appren
tice because of some slight incon
veniences, he alleged due to ap
prentice’s inexperience, resulted in
the firm giving Finlay his dis
charge and retaining
the appren-
listening to
present and
After six days of
the three defendants
any delegates or national officials
giving their story of all matters
pertaining to the issues, the dele
gates who had so clearly evidenced
their fairness, by their selection of
the Finlay group’s choice for
chairman, declared the six defend
ants guilty of being in violation of
our constitutional obligations to
exhaust everything within the or
ganization before resorting to civil
It was also brought out during
the trial that Finlay had contacted
one John Grittie, a C.I.O. repre
sentative of New Castle, Pa., and
discussed affiliation of the N.B.O.P.
$2.00 PER YEAR
with the C.I.O. in case of his elec
tion to the presidency of the Bro
therhood. On Thursday, June 30,
Finlay made a flat denial of any
such contact and said he did not
know Mr. Grittie. On Saturday,
July 2 after a telegram had been
placed in the record from Mr. Grit
tie, in which Grittie reasserted he
had met and talked with Finlay,
Finlay then admitted without any
reservation that he had been in
contact with the C.I.O. representa
tive. This right about face on the
part of Finlay is in perfect consist
ency with the false statements he
has been making.
The basis of charges of going
into civfi court, without first ex
hausting everything in the organ
isation to settle the question, is in
connection with their taking the
referendum of last September to
court before making issue with the
National Canvassing Committee,
our National Executive Board and
delegates in National Convention.
The most ludicrous statement
made during the trial was that of
Whippier who said that Duffy and
Jordan had taken them into court,
despite the fact that the official
summons issued to members of the
National Canvassing Committee
clearly show Finlay et al, com
plainants, Duffy et al, defendants.
Another equally gross misstate
ment by both Whippier and Fin
lay, to the effect that the photo
static copy which they secured of
Local 191’s vote was the basis of
the court’s ruling, changing the
original count of the Canvassing
Committee as to this local’s vote
for Jordan and Duffy. Again an
official court document showed
that the court ruling changing the
result of Local 191’s vote was the
affidavit which Duffy and Jordan
were solely and absolutely respon
sible for bringing into the court,
(Tara Page Tim)
Ornburn Urges Potters To Promote The
Sale of Products Carrying Union Label
I. M. Ornburn, Secretary-Trea
surer of the Union Label Trades
Department of the American Fed
eration of Labor in an address be
fore delegates at the 55th annual
convention, called upon all mem
bers of the National Brotherhood
of Operative Potters, asking them
to set up committees to promote
the sale of products carrying the
Union Label.
Mr. Ornburn, a familiar figure to
members of the Brotherhood,
stressed the necessity of every
wage earner within the ranks of
the A FL, getting behind the move
ment if we are to safeguard our
job opportunities and maintain de
cent working conditions.
The speaker in his remarks gave
praise to the Potters’ display in
the recent Union Label Industries
Show in Cleveland. “Your organ
ization”, he stated, “was one of
the first to get behind the move
ment when it was first proposed.
Through your president, a vice
president of the Union Label
Trades Department, the N. B. of
0. P. has played a leading role in
promoting the sale of Union Made
“The Union Label Trades De
partment is the central agency for
American Federation of Labor
unions that have adopted a Union
Label, Shop Card, or Service But-
ton to designate their products
and services. These official in
signia assure the public that cer
tain services are performed by
members of American Federation
of Labor unions.
“Our chief aim is to publicize
Union Labels, Shop Cards, and
Service Buttons, the official em
blems of national and international
unions affiliated with our Depart
ment. We are also desirous of pro
moting sales of merchandisers and
manufacturers who have collective
bargaining agreements with A. F.
of L. unions.
“Fair employers have come to
realize the economic value of this
union market. As labor unionists
we are obligated to loyal manufac
turers who recognize our unions.
We cannot expect industry to ac
cept collective bargaining agree
ments and then refuse to buy back
the products that are made under
union conditions. We owe it to
unionized industry to cooperate in
buying the merchandise upon which
Union Labels are displayed. We
desire to redirect union-earned
money into the channels from
which it comes. Members of labor
unions, their families and friends
therefore patronize only those
firms that sell Union Label goods
and employ Union services.”

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