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I librarian, a* Two of our pensioners Charles Smith and Al Davies were tellers at the recent election of officers. It is gratifying to see the interest shown by these brothers although no longer actively engaged at the trade. Bro. John Simpson we are sorry to report is very ill. Our earnest hope for his speedy recovery. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of our late brother Frank Vaughn in their hour of sorrow. A check for $400 was re ceived and forwarded to the family which we are sure will be appre ciated. We are glad to see Brok. Andrew Werner and Andrew Jamieson back at work and hope they have fully recovered from their illness. Bro. Tony Spizzio w.e hear will enter the hospital. He has out-bot wishes and we hope his friends will pay him a visit.- Mr. Aitkin, Cecil Toft, Harry Brammer and others were on hand with smiling good wishes when the turkeys were distributed on Dec ember 23.z We hear Harry Brammer is planning to spend the rest of the winter in Florida. We wish him a fine time. We have been having Florida weather here in Trenton but we dare not brag for fear old man winter will enter the picture. —O.C. r. or B31LDIHu o. BismBLK .' INTERNATIONAL LABOR i NEWS SERVICE VOL. XLIII NO. 37 Wheatley Installs Officers At Last Meeting of No. 45 Trenton, N. J.—Local Union 45 got off to a good start with First Vice President Wheatley installing the newly elected' officers .the next six months. ‘V’ -f- Word was received from national headquarters of the sanitary con ference to be held in New York on January 19 and 20. Delegates to attend this conference will be .elec ted at our next meeting on Jan uary 13th. Polls will be open from 3 p. m. until the close of the meet ing, affording all ah opportunity to vote. Those running for this import ant. honor are Joseph Abrams, Lance Ansell, Edgar Shuman, George Smith and Russell South ard. In our recent letter to the ‘Her ald’, the writer forgot to mention the Welfare and Pension plan be ing prepared by Crane Company would be based on 10 cents per hour for each employee which we suppose will be the general rule for the trade, plus the elimination of inequities which are always cropping up. has and run ‘■■“■J-" 11 4 ROADMAP FOR CONGRESS—President Truman goes over his State of the Union and Budget messages with congressional leaders. Left to right are (seated) Vice-President Alben Barkley and the Pres ident. Standing: Senate Majority Leader Scott Lucas Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and House Majority Leader John W. McCormack. AMA Is Confused Now Argues With Itself and Allies Washington (LPA)—The Amer ican Medical Association has be come so confused on its arguments about national health insurance that it is now arguing with its al lies and itself. In an editorial in the current is sue, the AMA Journal denounces the idea that there is any such thing as “free medicine”, pointing out that under the British health program patients*fere now asked to pay part of the cost of drugs. But where did the idea of “free medicine” come from? Not from the supporters of national health insurance, but from the AMA and its allies. The proponents of na tional health insurance have always estimated that it would cost slight ly more than our present medical care costs—because of the expand ed service that would be provided. They have never called it “free XBMHcine”. FTC HITS 2 FIRMS IN RADIO TUBE SALES Washington (LPA)—The Feder al Trade Commission has accused a radio tube making firm and a radio set making firm of discriminatory practices in the price of tubes.1 The two are Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., described as “one of the larg est manufacturers of tubes in the United States”, and the Philco Corp., of Philadelphia, said to be the largest manufacturer receiving sets in the States.” 45 GOV. TALMADGE INELIGIBLE TO RUN Atlanta (LPA) Gov. Herman Talmadge is ineligible to run for re-election in 1950, according to a ruling by Attorney General Eugene Cook. The state constitution bars a governor from succeeding him self, or from holding the office un til after four years out of office. Ex-Gov. Ellis Arnall, who fought the Talmadges, father son also may be ineligible to for governor. Lewis Calls Senator Taft ‘Oppressor Of The Poor’ Tags Denham ‘Hatchetman’ Washington (LPA) John L. Lewis reacted with characteristic vigor to the latest attacks on the United Mine Workers by the bi tuminous coal operators, Senator Taft, and others who are attempt ing to use the Taft-Hartley act to force the union to forego wage and welfare improvements for 400,000 coal diggers. Roused by Taft’s demand that President Truman seek an injunc tion against the miners under the “emergency” provisions of the T-H act, Lewis told the press on Jan. 9: “Taft, flamboyant oppressor of the poor, asked the President to herd the coal miners into the leth al gas chamber of the infamous slave statute.” Equally incensed by the operat ors’ complaints to General Counsel Robert N. Denham of the Nat’l Labor Relations Board that Lewis and the United Mine Workers were engaging in unfair labor practices, the UMW president declared: “Den ham, hatchet man for the hi-profit tong, is urged by the coal operators to lay about him and create an orgy of legal blood-letting at the expense of the taxpayers*” Lewis summed up his view of both attacks by saying: “What a spectacle for the year 1950! How helpful is such a savage policy to our national program of opposing the philosophy of Communism!” Regardless of the continued cries for action under the Taft Hartley act against the UMW’s three-day week and other tactics, of radio United Sylvania The FTC charges granted discriminatory prices to Philco and accuses Philco of “know ingly inducing and receiving dis criminatory prices”. The FTC charges Sylvania sells tubes to some customers, including its own authorized distributors, “at sub stantially higher prices than it sells such products of like grade and quality to respondent Philco.” The effect, the FTC charges “may be substantially to lessen competi tion” or to “tend to create a mon opoly.” there were indications in Lewis’ toughly-worded statement that the union and the bituminous operat ors were far closer to agreement than was generally believed. “The only issue current in the coal industry is whether mine workers shall be paid a base under ground rate of $14.05 per day as the operators insist,” Lewis ob served, “or $15 a day as the mine workers insist.” To some observers, the claim that wages were the “only issue cur rent” meant that the bituminous operators north, south and west had shown an unreported willing ness to meet Lewis’ demand for a 15-cent per ton boost in the royalty paid into the UMW welfare fund and for retention of the controver sial “willing and able” clause. Meanwhile, Lewis emphasized that an increasing number of small companies were meeting the union’s full contract requirement including the 95-cent pay increase. Lewis said the new contract would mean a rise of only 23 cents a ton in the price of coal, although the operators have already hiked the price 50 cents at the mine. A UMW representative added that retailers have raised it $1.50 in many in stances, although the new contract has been accepted by only about five percent of the industry. On Jan. 9, as 15,000 Illinois min ers who had struck a week earlier returned to work, another 40,000 in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, (Tun to Pupt Tvtel Potters On Coast Back At Benches After Xmas Loaf Los Angeles, Calif. The em ployees of the Santa Anita Pot teries, affiliated with Local Union 183, returned to work on Jan. 9, following a three-week vacation over the holidays. Proceeding the Christmas loaf the employees were hosts of the firm at the annual Christmas party. With plenty of delicacies available to satisfy the wishes of the inner-man, everyone had a fine time and we wish to take this means of extending our thanks to the firm for their generosity and our best wishes for their continued success in 1950. Our thanks also to George Grosscross and his com mittee who arranged the party. Our new officers for the first half of the new year are as fol lows: Roy Smith, president Lau rence Brown, vice president Cora Lee Hutchison, recording secre tary Woodrow Marshall, financial secretary and Art Reed, defense secretary. Belated holiday greetings to the national officers and the trade in general, may the best of luck be yours throughout the year. —O.C. 183 L. Greco Retained As Head of Local 133, Beaver Falls Beaver Falls, Pa.—The election of officers for Local Union 33 was held at our meeting on Dec. 15 with the following being chosen: Leonard Greco, president Steve Strammella, vice president Chest er J. Fisher, recording secretary Hubert Smith, financial secretary Lester Smith, defense secretary William Rose, treasurer Walter Hamilton, inspector Curtis Hutz ley, guard Willfam Rose, trustee Lester Smith, Leonard Greco and John Krecsmar, shop committee. During the past year the labor management set-up at the plant has functioned smoothly and suc ceeded in settling a large number of complaints to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. This can continue through 1950 if we bring our problems to local and discuss them thoroughly and have the support of the local in backing up our claims. As men tioned above, this procedure paid off dividends throughout last year and warrants no change.—O.C. 33 Opposes Cut In Relief Payments New York (LPA) Spokesmen for the 1,000,000 AFL and CIO workers in New York have de manded the city cancel the 5 per cent cut in relief payments set for Jan. 16. The cuts would average $2 a week. The demand was voiced in a tele gram to Welfare Commissioner Raymond M. Hilliard, from James C. Quinn for the Central Trades and Labor Council, and Morris lushewitz for the NY CIO Council. The telegram said “We cannot find any justification in current condi tions for such a dangerous slash. No one would contend that there is any margin in the budget for peo ple on relief for such a cut without seriously endangering the health of relief recipients.” (In Albany seven bills to revise relief payments were introduced. One would cut the state’s share of home relief costs from 80 to 60 per cent. Sucii a cut would mean a drop of $27,200,000 for New York City.) r,yi fljkpjr T’Y' I'M? Yll- F. Williams Heads Local 4 For Third Successive Term Ije J? o iter# e ra I .'hi The casters had a very gpod at tendance for their first meeting of the new year. Officers for the first six months of 1950 were dfeated with Sixth Vice President'Frank Dales performing the installation ceremonies. In accepting the gave) far the third successive term, President Fletcher Williams thanked the members for the faith and confid ence placed in him and stated it I was his intentions to go gH out in his efforts to make the next six months a history-making, event in the annal» of Local Union No. 4. Th s can only be accomplished through one hundred percent coop eration of both officers Kmf ihem bers, and he asked that each mem ber try attend at least one meeting a month, in this way we would learn of the many problems facing the trade and help in mak ing the decisions. :AST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, I THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1950 .’*7^ The following shop committees were appointed: I Hall China Co.—Carl Pennybak- [guests at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Brotherhood of Rail er, William Foutts and Ro£ert|way Clerks. Green promised labor’s support to liberal and progressive Wolfe. ■’g [candidates in the coming elections. Homer Laughlin China Co.— |--------------------------—..................... Cecil Calhoun, Fred Talbot and[^ James Dimmerling. [COH/IOr Plant No. 5—Norman Lanning, *x n I Thomas Bailey and Alfred Pyle. Harker Pottery Co. GBrvin |iority practices to avenge itself Burgess, Sam Marsh and Floyd [against employes who engage in Pollock. [strike activities. That is the Taylor, Smith & Taylor—Arthur [essence of an NLRB decision in a Craven, Floyd Wright and Chester [case involving the Int’l Woodwork Sayre. |ers and Potlatch Forests, Inc. of Edwin M. Knowles—Jack ^bb, [Lewiston, Idaho. Roy Maskers and Ray Hoon. ,4 .1 The union complained that em The Anniversary shape which [p)Oyes wfc0 engaged in a strike in goes into production at Edwin M.|1947 were being laid off by Pot. Knowles was presented, for discus- |]afcb or transferred to lower-rated s,on* [jobs ahead of employes who were The Auditing Committee [hired during the strike or who re ®u^esa'*n^5?c.‘- [turned to work before the strike Calhoun made their report of ftnd- lwas 0Ver. This was “super-senior ing the funds of the union solvent |ity» the union said and recommended a vote of thanks I ... .. be extended for the fine manner in In “n ‘V which they found the books. NL.RB, ‘J1®1 examiner ru As official scribe for Local OnionH1? th‘ u",on 4, I believe that every member ay°* should boost his new officers, and bemonty policy that discriminated as requested, attend at least one afaJnat employes on the.basis of meeting a month. Times and con- ?tr'ke„aCt,VltyA Th.c. ?LRB ditions are not the best as most ,0" .af#r,n«l the tr,al exammeris casters can tell by their pay checks, but the cooperation and interest of each and everyone of us will help[* this'local achieve new success for[ the coming year. —O.C. 4 p1 lon’ If V I USQ TriCl’ [w6HIOI*ITV RlllQS Plant No. 6—Paul Stone, Will iam Sanford and Charles McCullen.wTI*llCGI*S Plant No. 8— William Ashbaugh,l Ed. Chadwick and Rufus Whitting-[ Portland, Ore. (LPA)—A com ton. |pany can’t use trick layoff and sen- AL A |^||Q Gf II riSIHI3S n 7 .. Spirit In Scribe’s Prefers Inflation |Letter From To Hole In Head Redlands, Calif.—To the nation Jal officefs and all members of the By BRADFORD V. CARTER [trade, we of Local Union 214, wish LPA Columnist |to extend our sincere thanks and The sermon for today is about [appreciation for all the swell greet Life—the magazine,, that is. Its[ingg cards we received. Mid-Century issue, whether the We also wish to thank and con eddors meant it or not (and its aLratulate management and all good bet that they did not), anL^ connK.ted with Universal excellent sermon against the Old Rundle Corp for their usual spIen. Gusrd Republicans, and all the Ljd Christmas parties enjoyed in other forces that fought the Roose- Lj, three plants. velt regime and now battle the I Truman program-all in the name We of the National Brotherhood of preserving free enterprise. °f OP^tive Potters are most for- Life’s “average man” of 1900 tofe™^™ that The wnter 1950 turns out to be one who was |*®ls 8ai"? sP’riJ of fine’ fnend making $10,000 a year in 1932 and ’y relationship between nianage is now so well fixed that he is m®nJKand ‘ab®r Preva,ls through thinking of retiring. (Life seems to|ou^ the entire trade, have overlooked the fact that in I It is this kind of relationship this prosperous country, today, 10,- [which enables you and I to realize 000,000 families have incomes of [deep down inside, that regardless $2000 or under a year.) |of our differences of opinion, reli- There is only one strike picture |80°n» race or politics, we belong to —a striker felling a policeman. |one of the finest, well guided, union (There are no pictures of police [organizations in the United States, killing strikers). There is a pic- And may this same spirit pre ture of an apple seller during the [vail among us, not only for the Hoover depression, and a picture of [New Year, but for all time to a child in a cotton mill, and the [come. —O.C. 214 caption says “Humanity was ex-| ploited as American industry gre*L v irAW to giant’s size.” (But there is no mention of the exploitation that NOTICE JIGGERMEN All delinquent members must clear up their arrearage by our last meeting in February face suspension. By order president. 'J k sfctki'v [LETS DELAY AG AHN, SAYS GOOD OLD TAFT still exists in the south today, or of exploitation of the migrant ___ farm workers in California’s rich [than the speedy action to extend valleys.) [____ 1___ of the migrant! Washington (LPA) Rather [social security urged by President The answer to the cry of a re-[Truman, and even by some of his turn “to the good old days” is the [Republican colleagues, Sen. Robert article by Allan Nevins, the histor-|a. Taft (R, Ohio) is calling for ian, who says that the America of |“a comprehensive study of this 1900 “was not in fact a just or [proposal ... on its own merits and good society”, and he quotes the [in relation to the many other se record—the army of youngsters [curity systems now in effect and under 16 at work the fact that the [the new pension plans of the coal meat packers “not only sweated [and steel industries.” their labor and robbed the public The GOP policy leader asked but also were not above grinding [that old age benefit costs be “bal up dead rats into their sausages” [anced against the tremendous cost (Ten to Peat Tv») [to the taxpayer and consumer.” He [ducked, however, in his weekly [newspaper column distributed in [Ohio, any forthright opposition to or |the proposal to improve the pre of [sent old age and survivors’ insur |ance program. LOOKING TOWARD NOVEMBER—Union President George Har- |evening’s agenda was the election |rison looks on as AFL President William Green^ addresses banquetL* offlcers for tbe gjx menti s of 1950. The following were chosen: AlfA(141211)1*0 2)1*11 Vfllvliuaiiuv ma I Ik Al ii a Wnattered At Last lert Meeting of LU 103 John McFadden, president Hor-|| ace Adkins, vice president C. C.[Lvval Grady, recording secretary M. NLRB Gives ITU Fourth T-H Rap '■•■’"'""I 1 B-|m Laws, finance secretary Ray Bow-| ■Aff(|Y|2l P2I(*I man, defense collector Frank Sparks, treasurer Sam Tipton,| William J. Campbell and Elmer| Akron, Ohio—In reward for their Wilson, trustees. The president waspa’\^u^ service rendered, the fol granted permission to appoint a|’ow*n^ officers were retained for guard and inspector which will take pl*® of the ^new place at our next meeting. We extend our thanks to Second Vice President Frank Hull for his recent visit. Bro. Hull spent three days in our midst and was instru mental in difficulties. Washington (LPA) The Nat’l Labor Relations Board jumped on the Int’l Typographical Union-AFL again in a decision involving the in ternational and seven locals in six cities. For the fourth time, the board found the ITU had violated the Taft-Hartley act by insisting! on closed shop conditions. Com-I®^ 1 ^JAN16J950J Edward McDevitt, president William Marling, vice president i William Watson, recording secre- |tory Paul Van Fossan, financial [secretary George Connelly, trea- [surer Ben Reber, inspector Hob- II Ml AR IfiA UIIIUII Ivt OFFICIAL ORGAN Employees Of Buffalo Pottery Receive Bonus At Meeting On Dec. 16 Buffalo, N. Y.—Local 76 held its regular meeting on December 16th and, as this was a special occasion, the hall was filled to overflownig. As is customary with Buffalo Pottery, the bonus paid by th. eacn year is distributed through the Local, hence the reason for ti e large gathering. The writer wishes we could have a fraction of this gathering to attend our other meetings. A grievance by the gloat kiln hands was, at their request, held over to a later date. The members at this meeting showed their confidence in the old officers in re-electing them by unanimous vote for the coming |6 months. They are Carl (Solly) Heintz, president Dorothy Donovan, *’recording secretary Bert Clark, financial Secretary. Local Union No. 18 Starts New Year With Clean Slate Local Union No. 18 started the new year off at their meeting on Jan. 6 in a very progressive fash ion. First and foremost on the guard Ernest Judy, Si}.ley and Mnton Morgan, [new officials, the members got Erwin, Tenn.—Just a little re-[down to business and cleared the port to the trade, informing one[docket of aO unfinished business, and all the potters in the “Sun-[enabling our new officers to start shine City”, Erwin, Tenn., are still|off on a clean slate, carrying on. Work has been fairly good during the past few months,!^ Judy were audit .... but we hope to be back on a full-lhookg anj make their report at our time schedule before long. [next meeting. Bros. William Marling and Ern the Attendance at our meetings has[ Although our attendance has been very good with the turnout fajr|y ^ood during the past our last session breaking all re-|year there ig improve cords in the history of Local 103.|mgnt and every memb^*imrid-ht This we feel was due to the ®l««*|tend meetings regularly and do tioa officers which resulted ini nart in ■cuMnottosi the spirited contests for ail offices. The| j7jbe following were named to guide us| _________________ _____ through 1950: has Ih HCgQUflUHJ FdUl year: Kenneth Ward, president R. F. Brandenstein, vice president and recording secretary” Helen Harcar, treasurer Pauline Smith, financial secretary Paul Tom straightening out ourl^^3’ 8}*ard* I The above named officers also [comprise the personnel of the shop We are anxiously awaiting a [committee', visit from President James M.| Work has not Duffy. The national head has beenlduring thp totter part of 1949 but promising us for a long time. We|we have indications that it will know he is a very busy man but|pick up from here on in somewhere along the line we hope| The chief matter concerning the he can arrange his schedule to in-[10^ at thig time is negotiating a elude Erwin, Tenn, as a “must”. |new contract with officials of the —O.C. 103 [Colonial Insulator. One meeting lhas been held to date and we hope to complete negotiations at our next meeting with officials of the firm, scheduled for Friday, Jan uary 13. —O.C. 164 President James M.[ Work has not been so plentiful Woll Wants Jan. 27, Be Kept As Holiday Vice President Matthew Woll in |his remarks at the Samuel Gomp proposed set aside Centennial Dinner plaints were filed by commercial|^*ak the nation annually printing plants in Chicago, DetroitP*"- 27 birthday of Mr. Gompers, (two locals), Pittsburgh, Newark,|as a St. Louis and Philadelphia. Mr. Woll said part: .. “The hfe and labors of Gompers Both the international and the Uectadly and impressively dram locals were held guilty of causmgl the growth and or attempting to Muse employersl t„MS ’ot the American demo te discriminate against employes on o( le Hw wa3 °LanT r,e,nbershlr ’dan immigrant boy who Mme to the addition, the locals were found shorM ,nd t0 ,he 0/ not bargaining goodl achievements in our |and „,al#, „w‘ ,n .e mean,nS 0 e|and who has merited the over Taft-Hartley act. [whelming applause of its people. This and previous cases stemmed] “Gompers was not only the from the bargaining policy adopt-|architect who made the blueprint^ ed by the ITU after the Taft-Hart-[for the creation of the American ley act was passed in 1947. Earlier]p^eration of Labor he was also decisions involved the union and|the builder who carried out the de the Chicago Newspaper Publishers lt*ils of those plans, and the care Ass’n, the American Newspaper[taker who- zealously guarded the Publishers Ass’n and Balitmore job|majn principles upon which the or printers. [ganization was built. In the present case, the seven] “Gompers realized that the labor locals and the international were [movement of no single country ordered to cease the forbidden [could remain free and stay pros |perous long if the working people __________’[of other lands were not free and NOTICE LOCAL UNION 51 Canonsburg, Pa.—All mem bers are urged to attend meet ing on January 16. tion of officers *nd of vital importance transacted. Iwere subjected to low standards of life und labor. That is why he pio neered in the organization of the I International Labor Organization Installs- [and laid special stress on raising business [the standards and improving the will be [conditions of the toiling folks in |the underdeveloped countries. ji.- a $2.00 PER YEAH After election of officers, Pres ident Heintz was asked to leave the room and with Vice President Ed Schuster in charge, the Local then proceeded to vote Solly a pre sent in recognition of his long and faithful service to Local 76. On December 22nd, with most of the members assembled in the Glost Wart h'Hise, President Heintz was presented with a glass casting rod, an automatic reel, and a line. He was very much affected by the gift and so excited that he re quired assistance to open the pa k ages. He quickly recovered how ever and very appropriately thank ed the members for their good wishes and the confidence they have in him. Cupid really acted up on Ch””’~* mas Day when he took the place of Santa Claus in the homes cf two of our girls in the Clay Shop. Diamond rings and smiles prove the point in both cases. The engagement of Irene Fran ckowiak to Arthur Wisniewski was announced on Christmas Day at the h'.rne of the bride-to-be at 43 St. Louis St. The wedding date has not yet been decided on. Dorothy Baczewski’s engagement to Teddy Olszewski, an employee of the Standard Mirror Company, was announced at her home at 42 Wilson Street on Christmas Eve. •Olis looks like a June wedding as it is planned for the early part of Dorothy is one of our new girls on the No. 2 cup machine, while Irene who is also a new' girl, is at present employed in the Bisque Ware department. In behalf of Local Union 76 we offer congratulations and best w'ishes for a happy married future to both these young couples. —O.C. 76 GOVT. WORKERS’ COUNCIL SETS GOALS Washington (LPA) The Gov ernment Employes’ Council-AFL, representing more than half a mill ion workers, has made public its legislative program for 1950. The program includes: support of mili tary credit bill, which affects World War II vets who later en tered postal service benefits for retired employes reclassification and salaries full credit for all ser vices to cover all those excluded from meritorious provisions enact ment of the “Little Wagner act” elimination of arbitrary personnel ceilings suitable amendments to the Hatch act elimination of mili tary personnel from civilian posi tions severance pay for all federal employes. Gompers’ Birthday Throughout Nation “The labor internationalism of Gompers takes on special living significance today in view of the recent developments in the organ ization of over 50 million free trade unionists under the banner of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. It is in this spirit and aspirations of Gompers that the activities of this new world confederation of free trade unions will have to be activated if this new world labor body is to fulfill its intended mission. “The soul of Samuel Gompers has continued to live on in its po tent influence on our national life and customs. It lives today in the daily lives of millions of Ameri cans. “May I, therefore, venture to propose that we give rise to a new conception of our evaluation of the services rendered by Samuel Gomp ers expressed in the setting aside of January” 27th of each succeed ing year as Samuel Gompers’ Birth day and that this day be solemnized as a holiday to be observed throughout the nation so that his rightful place among the great of America may no longer remain void and so that to labor of Am erica be accorded, too, the honor of having contributed to the building up of a truly great democracy such as the world has never known be fore.” 1 1 EW-. efjA"