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Minnesota ”4 r: tw' I r- At stf *F ,r .1 ■th I f. i 4 & American Medical Association Behind Medical-Press Scandal In Minnesota Minneapolis (LPA)—The Amer ican Medical Association was in volved in the deal between Minne sota doctors and editors under which the Minnesota Medical Ass’n dropped its ban against advertis ing by doctors in order to get the editors to “carry the story of medi cine as a private enterprise.” The secret deal—which amount ed to a virtual bribe of the press to carry on the doctors’ campaign against President Truman’s health insurance program in return for medical adv* rt i i 1 ig—was exposed last week by Nathan Robertson in an article distributed by Labor Press Associates. The scandal was reverberating this week not only in Minnesota, but throughout the nation. Mitora were talking freely about it, but not all of them for quota don. Their statements in dicated clearly, however, that the April 8 conference between the doctors and Lie editors, at which the plan was hatched, was sparked by John Bach, high-priced press relations director of the American Medical Ass’n. One editor describ ed the atmosphere of this confer ence as “disgustingly venal.” f’ What apparently happened was that, when the doctors complained that they were not being treated fairly by the press, one of the edi tors replied that if they weren’t satisfied the advertising columns were always oprr. Those who at tended the conf' tence said many of the newspapermen complained that the doctors were the one gr"up within the community which wa not sharing the financial bur ns of the press. The doctors were quick to see the light and at the meeting of the State Medical Society the next jnunth they dropped their long standing ethical rule against ad vertising by doctors. They not only approval small professional adver tisements but also large display advertising by medical societies such as appeared recently in the St Cloud, Minn., Daily Tiir -a en titled “Liberty or Collectivist SI a kies.” At the same time, the doctors endorsed special tabloid sections on medical progress in metropolitan newspapers, the advertising in such sections to be paid for by hospitals, optical concerns, drug manufactur ers “and iiry other ethical groups and individuate allied with medi cine.” The advertising resolution ap-l provdd by the jnciical society clearly showed it va. designed to meet “'»ne criticism frequently' heard from the press” that “th^ medical profession expects the press to maintain the entire bur den of indii ct publicity from the doctor to the public without re muneration.” Advertisiwg by doc tors, long prohibited as a protec tion to the public, was authorized to help “alleviate the financial bur den connected with publishing local newspapers.” News of the doctors’ action was passed along to the editors by Ralph Keller, manager of the Minnesota Editorial Ass’n, in a “confidential bulletin” to editors expressing the hope that the re laxation of medical ethics would not lead to a similar relaxation of You Can See the Cream ALWAYS USE CREAM TOP Milk Bottles THEY ARE SANITARY lined Exclusively By Golden Star Dairy Phone 3200 ——B t». A- ,?y, A. press ethics. Keller hailed the news as the Liugest he had" ever distri buted to the editors. Keller’s bulletin is widely used as a “tip-sheet” for advertising by state editors and in addition Kel ht mails out publicity releases at 10 a sheet and acts as an adver tising ent. His whole operation is a questionable mixing of adver tising and publicity which an hon est press should repudiate. The .story of the deal between the doctors and the editors was' ex* posed by Nathan Robertson’s LPA column which was front paged by the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, and was in the St. Louis Post-Dis patch earlier. Other newspapers shied away from the story, just as they have from other press scand als this year, although it was avail able to many Washington corres pondents. The AP finally carried a story playing up the denials without using the damaging quotations in the resolution adopted by the doc tor. Reaction to the LPA expose was mixed. Both Keller and Alan Mc Intosh, Luverne, Minn., publisher and president of the editorial as sociation, denied there was a deal. An editor, who did not want his name used, commented: “I doubt whether there was an actual deal, but there is no ques tion that the doctors think there is.” Another editor differed. “Why blame the doctors?” he asked. “The editors made it perfectly clear at the conference that there would be no publicity without advertis ing.” “Whom does Keller represent?” askeef Rodney C. Jacobson, editor of Minnesota Labor, weekly which is an MEA member. “I doubt that members of the MEA are* fully aware of Keller’s technique. Ethical Minnesota editors will re pudiate the insinuation of their susceptibility to bribery. “The vested interest# of the medical profession may well seek to use any means, including sub sidies and bribery, to win editorial approval of their program but neither they nor Keller represent Minnesota editors in this matter.” R. R. Rosell, executive secretary of the Minnesota Medical Associa tion contended there was “nothing new” in the resolution adopted by thr doctors on advertising. “If we wanted to deliver a .message to the public, we couldn’t expect the newspapers to carry it except on an advertising basis,” he said, al though his statement did not jibe with the wording of the resolution his association had adopted. IBEW Strikes New York Burglar Alarm System New York (LPA—Guards for 17,000 banks, jewelry stores, and other business establishments were forced to strike last week when their employer, Holmes Electric Protective Service, refused to even arbitrate a wage increase, The 060 strikers, members of Int’l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-A FL, had originally ask ed a $10 weekly pay increase. They later dropped their demand to $5 and finally agreed to arbitration of the wage issue in an effort to avoid a walkout. The New York City police department has had to in crease its efforts to avoid burglar ies during the strike. IBF.W’s contract with Holmes expired July 2 and ever since that time special conciliation meetings have been held by the city govern ment. Last week, however, negotia tions reached an impasse and thjj walkout began. The company wants to renew the old contract. Demand the Union Label. WANTED AT ONCE Model Maker experienced in modeling Sani tary Ware. When applying state experience and ability together with references. Address Model Maker, Box 752, East Liverpool, Ohio. Money Loaned FOR PURCHASE AND IMPROVEMENT OF HOMES 5% Monthly Reduction The Potters Savings & Loan Co. WASHINGTON 4 BBOADWAY BAST UVEBPOOL OHIO a ’TW"7 v”" to- in ■!nfa1 OFFICERS: 1 JOHN PUB1NTON. Pr®aMmt ALWYN C. PUUNTON. Boetetoy CHAS. W. HKNDtBSHOT. IOS. ML BLAZES. Tnanent Vte® hMtdni W. E. DUNLAF, Attomoy BBS SBOSSSS 1 11111 m' .. ....... .............. ................ _......... _______ of Cnited Auto Workers at Bell Aircraft Corp, in Buffalo have subjected to a series of strikebreaking attempts by the company. Latest move of, Bell in the 10-week-old strike is to import scabs in trucks with police escort. Loyal unionist Sam Mercurio points to the injunction which limits UAW to 15 pickets at each gate. The court order, posted two weeks ago, was the first step by the company to clear the way for scabs. Their efforts, however have been unsuccessful. The strike is still on. ALL KINDS OF STRIKE BREAKING —Striking members TYPO DELEGATES BACK 'NO SURRENDER' POLICY ON TAFT-HARTLEY LAW Oakland, Calif. (LPA) Dele-*_-- a gates of the Int’l Typographical Union-AFL unanimously backed the union’s policy of “no surrend er” on contracts with employers after two and a half hours spent in debating the issue at the union’s 91st convention here last week. Fred Berlemann Jr., a delegate from St. Louis, argued that the present policy, adopted nt the 1947 convention and sustained by the 1948 convention, had led to strikes, injunctions, and other difficulties. Berlemann and other St. Louis delegates cited the ^1-month strike against the Chicago papers as an illustration of his argument. The present policy is to avoid making contracts which surrender previous benefits won by the union. Not all the St. Louis, delegates were in favor of modifying the pre-, sent policy, and when the final vote came, all delegates at, the convention voted solidly to stick together in the battle. The question of whether or nbt this convention would stand by the present fighting policy, identified with the leadership of Internation al President Woodruff Randolph was the burning one on the lips of all delegates and observers during the opening days of the convention, and with that question settled Tuesday, the delegates 'settled down to the business of making relatively routine decisions effec tuating the fundamental policy. a n o I h’s administration is support! by the Progressive Party in the ITU, and criticism of it has largely come from the Inde pendent Party, which has been caucusing during the convention, and is reported to have agreed tentatively, upon a ticket to b" nominated in February preparatory to the referendum election for in ternational officers in May, 1950. The Independent Party Is re ported to have agreed on Clifford G. Sparkman, president of the Detroit Typographical Union, as candidate for president to run against Randolph and George N. Bante, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago local, to run for secre tary-treasurer against Don Hurd of Oakland. The Progressive Party in the ITU is universally expected to back the present administration, which includes, in addition to Ran dolph and Hurd, First Vice-Presi dent Larry Taylor, Second Vice President Elmer Brown, and Third Vice-President Joseph Bailey. The present fighting policy of the ITU was vigorously defended by President Randolph on the opening day of the convention. He told delegates that “here and now, at this convention,” is the place to criticize his methods of meeting the crisis created by the Taft Hartley law. He invited critics “to offer some constructive plan in place of the one we are now follow ing.” The invitation, uttered in a ring ing voice at the end of a review of the battles against T-H hy one of America’s oldest unions, brought the vast majority of the delegates to their feet, cheering. Randolph first read a statement, cop’es of which wore distributed to representatives of the press, in cluding men sent here by the Chic ago Tribune mid the Chicago Sun Tiinos, two of the big papers in the strike against which the union has spent millions. “1 have bud to resort to this practice of reading a prepared statement,” explained the militant union’s leader, “because state ments 1 made extemporaneously at .....5hi,njirjiiii^iiiiiiiiiii irrjn'iffi *,jgJ Montgomery Asks Farm Support For Labor Objectives Laramie, Wyo. (LPA)—A labor spokesman told the American Farm Economic Association here last week that farmers should “wel come and share in” labor’s primary objective—the maintenance of con tinuous and expanding full employ ment, without booms and busts, because it is just as necessary for them as for urban workers. Donald Montgomery, Wdshing tori representative of UAW, told the farm economists that the firtni price sdpport program and labor’s intensified battle for higher wages in the big industries began at the same timU and for the 'Same pur pose—“to provide human security against the onslaught of economic forces” and that “the opposition comes from the same quarter”— “the same financial and industrial sources that still hope to divide labor, to destroy collective bargain ing power and to drive it back to competitive wages” and to aban-i don farm price supports. The drive for higher wages without higher prices, Montgomery said, is part of this labor program for sustained full employment. It is based oy the belief “that distri bution of the proceeds of full pro duction must provide purchasing power sufficient to support full production.” But industry! Montgomery said, rejected this proposal—killed price control and raised prices without restraint. After killing price con trol the big industries then used wage increases as an excuse for adding enormously to their profits. “Many people,” he said, “were convinced by this experience that industry ’’Ms r'cht when «»id wages could not be raised without raising prices, the proof, to them, being that industry did raise prices whenever it raised wages. But or ganized labor was and is convinced of She soundness of its wage-price profit proposals. For it seen the tremendous profits which in dustry made as us price increases cancelled out wage increases. “It has seen the resulting de cline in buying power of wage in come. It has hyprd industrial lead ers Say that they must accumulate profits in boom years in order to provide dividends for the bust years which will follow. And now these industrial leaders react to the shrinkage of buying power, which their profiteering brought about, by curtailing production and making only token reductions in prices. So markets continue to shrink and more workers lose their jobs. The record demonstrates tin soundness, if not the success, of the wage-price-profit policy which labor proposed.” our 1947 convention were widely misrepresented.” Randolph insisted that “the very life of this union is at stake. It has been so since the Taft-Hartley law was adopted. It will continue so until that law is repealed. W have kept our union intact and preserved a maximum of union conditions without violating the Taft-Hartley law.” Discussing the cost of the strug gle, he said emphatically that “now is no time for griping or penny-pinching.” THE POTTERS HERALD, EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO First Court Test Rules Low Is Unconstitutional e-K -MA' Baltimore (LPA) Maryland’s notorious Ober law, the. “anti-sub versive” measure, was declared un constitutional and invalid in its first court test.. Y.-A. Supreme Bench of Baltimore City ruled that the law violated basic freedoms guaranteed by the first and fourteenth amendments to the federal 'Constitution and Was also contrary to the Maryland constitu tion and declaration of rights, ‘‘Law deate with overt ^ctM,„not thoughts,*’ he wrote. “It may pifn ish for action, not thinking.” The Ober law was generally viewed a& the strictest of the sev eral “anti-subversive” measures passed b£ state legislatures since, the war, .and it is the first of sach measures to be declarrsd unconsti tutional in its entirety. .The law called for prison sent ences up to five years and fines up to $5000 for membership in any organization considered subversive, and for sentences up to 20 years and fines up'to $20,000 for partici pation in subversive activities. xlt also required anti-subversive oaths of all candidates for office and of all state employes except laborers and it denied public funds to private institutions which did nqt file with the state of Maryland theijr procedure for detecting sub versives on their faculties. The law’s constitutionality was challenged by four Johns Hopkins professors, a Morgan State College professor,, a George Washington University professor, a psychiat rist, a salesman, a physician and a sculptor. The state attorney-gener al announced that he would appeal ty the State Court of Appeals and, it possible, to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Sherbow also ruled uncon stitutional a second law which had put the Ober law in(o effect retro actively. Local 45 Pays •vd (Continued From Page One) ini more ways than one. (Bro. Al Gray was chairman the general committee which eluded Bros. Pearson, Watson, Richards and Apsell, they deserve We understand the kiln that was l*Wn has been lighted and hope, that soon we will all have more work. We wonder if the younger mem bers appreciate the fact that the older ones have shared the work with them instead of asking they be laid off. If work does not pick up we are affraid there will be a request along that line but hope it will not be necessary as we would hate to see men with little children get laid off and the older ones would stand little chance of other jobs. We are very sorry to hear that the internal strife is being kept stirred up and would request very sincerely that all concerned let the matter drop. We have enough troubles without that. I visited a large department store in Philadelphia recently and apart from Syracuse and Califor nia all the pottery ware was made in “Occupied Japan”, U. S. Zone Germany and just plain Germany. It made- me mad to see we are to be .sacrificed for countries who hated us a few years ago. Hope they will appreciate it and be told the workers in the U. S. A. are unemployed so they cam have work. —O.C.45 HOSIERY WORKERS SIGN NO-RAISE PACT, Philadelphia (LPA)—A two-year contract, covering about 16,(f0 hosiery workers, has bc signed here bv the American Federation of Hosiery Workers—Independent, and the Full Fashioned Hosiery Manufacturers of America. They agreed on a contract leaving wages substantially as they are now, with a review and a time study to change the present wage structure in line with the tremendous tech nological developments in the hos iery industry. 1 Unions had asked a wage in crease, while employers had pro posed a wage cut because of the “depression” which has hit the In dustry this year. President Alex ander McKeown of AFHW pointed »Ut that manv workers may re ceive increased earnings as a re sult of the tichnica(l studies to be embarked on soon. ‘'tif all huflian afflictions,’ the worst is loneliness. .G.i... OPERATION DIXIE ROLLS ON —George Baldanzi (above), execu tive vic e-president of Textile Workers Union of America, has been named director of the South ern Drive to succeed the late Van Bittner. The organizing drive con tinues to make its mark .on the south, both eeonomicaly and poli tically. Strikers Scout Bell Aircraft Scotch Rumors Buffalo (LPA)—Striking mem bers of United Auto Workers have exposed false company claims that a back to work movement has been successful at the Bell Aircraft Gorp. here. In doing so, the men used what union leaders believe to be a new technique. After company state ments to newspapers that more than 800 men had returned to work following a back-to-work invita-1 tion August 11, UAW challenged Bell to an impartial inspection of the plant. The union claimed that only office workers had returnee and production workers were still on the picket line. Last week 1C00 strikes showed up at strike headquarters, put on their company badges, and went back into the plant. They stayed only long enough to walk around the place, count 15, or 20 produc tion workers on the job, and per suade the stragglers to leave with them. of in W^e thank thds£ executives whd cam? with “Fred” qs he prefers to be called and hope there will be other, occasions when we will be al))e to get together outside of when they meet our representa tives on business. ,J$rs. “Fred” has arranged a trip fo' England and they sail on the Queen Mary on the 27th, they ex pect to be gone about eight weeks. We wish them Bon Voyage and the very best time of their lives. The Bell strike is now in its 11th week. On July 12th the company obtained an injunction Limiting pickets, to 15 at a gate. Then they attempted to import scabs. UAW heads say that the 1000 men entering the plant last week were not violating the picketing ban. They were not picketing. Demand the Union Label. The WANT ohPRICE Wmoney ‘"'V Ml” State Chambers of Commerce and manufacturer’s associations bitterly fought the transfer of US Employment Service and the Bur eau of Employment Security to the Labor Dep’t, on the grounds that wage-earners would get too good a break under such an admin istration. They were unsuccessful. However, on the other major re organization proposal voted on by the Senate last week, the American Medical Ass’n and the Dixiegop coalition Won. By a 60 to 32 vote, the Senate killed a proposal to create a Department of Welfare, to consolidate under one cabinet rank officer all of the health, edu cation and social security activities of the government. On the vote, 23 Democrats (only four of them not from the south) jdined the Republican side only four Republicans voted with the 28 Democrats io support the plan for a Welfare Dep’t. Several south ern Democrats voted for the plan —Ellender (La.), Graham (NC), Hoey (NC), Holland (Fla.), John son (Tex.), Kefauver (Tenn.), Pepper (Fla.). In a fighting speech preceding the vote, Sen. James Murray (D, Mont.) charged that the AMA’s high-pressure/ publicity team of Whitaker and Baxter had switched signals on the very last day of hearings on the Welfare Dep’t plan. Earlier, an AMA witness had expressed qualified support of the plan. “On Friday morning, July 28, the final day of the hearings and too late for supporters of the plan to counter effectively,” Murray re called, “Whitaker & Baxter fired all their guns. “A flash flood of telegrams ooured down upon the committee, its members, and upon other selec ted Senators who, it was thought, might be influential with the com mittee. These telegrams were as much alike as the propaganda post ters placed by Whitaker & Baxter in the doctors’ offices, telling us to ‘keep politics out of this picture.’ “I sincerely believe,” Murray told bis Senate colleagues, “that the AMA is digging its own grave, and that in the end pvery doctor in America will regret the blind ness and arrogance their leaders are demonstrating today.” At home I’m willing to budget till it hurts, but not when travel ing. WANT! lATURES yOU 4. •■T. et the PRICE yOU TAGS DOWN PAYMENTS you can tako 24 months to pay! HY sattl® for loss than the bast cooking device that buys? Particularly when it takes so little monoyl Prices are d» wn on loading makes of electric ranges. Your dealer has many nr'jdefs to choose from for as little as $2«0. No wonder V/2 million women are switching to electric cooking this yoarl w* OHIO POWER a =1 AMA Licks Welfare Department Plan But Congress OK’s Employment Change Washington (LPA)—The unem ployed insurance and employment service activities of the federal government ar# once more in the Labor Dep’t, as a result of Con gressional action approving Pres ident Truman’s transfer of the agencies from Federal Security Agency. 'W Thursday, August 25, 1949 force a ten percent increase at Shenang® it would do one of two things: 1. Break the Company. 2. Cause a mass layoff of 10C0 or more employees.” The above is simon ganda. We, of the Brotherhood, on the other hand, refused to insult the workers by offering them drinks any other allurement designed to stampede them into voting for the Brotherhood. Nor did we in one single instance offer anything of a fantastic or extreme nature as to what we would attempt to extract from the company in their behalf. We hued strictly to the line of the Brotherhood policies and practices over the years and w’e are more than confident that the immediate future experience of these people with the C. I. 0. will reveal in un mistakable light that our ways of collective bargaining are of infin itely more benefit as to wages and working conditions. Moy Ask (Continued from Page One) ernment took over the stevedoring companies the week before under a special law passed for the occas ion. A federal judge ordered that a contempt action “or other appro priate action” be taken against Bridges for having walked in a picket line before one of the piers. And the union asked a federal court .o issue an injunction against thy Hawaiian dock seizure act. we ar® equipped k render complete Funer al and Ambiance Ser vice, Promptly. MARTIN Funeral Home MS W. Fifth I*. PHONE MB Liwu* on V .-'x jr- •.ygfei. i. W Brotherhood Is v (Continued From Page One* purely anti-union propa- is just one example of the to which the C. I. 0. went This depths to mislead these workers into be lieving that the one way in which to hold their jobs regardless of wages and conditions was to vote C. I. O.