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July At Hollenden Hotel, Cleveland, 0 The coming convention of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters, the fifty-sixth in the his tory of the organization, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio. The first session has been called for Mon day morning, July 3rd, in the Hol lenden Hotel. The official call for the coming convention has already been issued in a communication from Secre tary-Treasurer Chas. F. Jordan to all local unions. The communica tion lists the number of delegates each local union can send, with said delegates to be elected at the first meeting of the local union in May. Also included in the official noti fictaion from headquarters, is a list of various hotels, giving the rates for single and double rooms. As in the past, delegates reserve the right to make their own accom modations, but should do so as soon as possible. The official call to the conven tion is as follows: In accordance with Section 24 of the National Constitu tion you are hereby requested to send in for publication in the printed program whatever resolutions your local intends to have considered by the Con vention. To insure publication in the printed program resolutions must be received at headquar tens on or before May Jj Local Unions are privileged .. to introduce additional resolu tions at the opening of the convention, necessary to cor rect any unusual conditions within the industry. Resolutions should be plain ly written'ton regular sized let terheads, on one side of the paper only, and a separate sheet used for each resolution. Antihist Ads Are Branded As False Washington (LPA)—The makers of Resistabs and Anahist have made false and misleading claims in their advertising of cold drugs, the Fed eral Trade Commission charged in a complaint issued March 20. The advertisements, the FTC complaint said, have actually mis led and deceived “a substantial por tion of the purchasing public.” The products, said FTC, are neither I cures, preventatives nor adequate or competent treatment for the common cold or its manifestations. The FTC also attacked as decep tive representations in the ads as to the safety of the products. Bris tol-Myers, New York, makes Re sistabs. The Anahist Co., Yonkers, N. Y., produces Anahist. The FTC said these two com plaints are the first results of an investigation of advertising claims for antihistamine products and that complaints against other firms will follow where the evidence war rants. The investigation is contin uing, the FTC declared. The commission contended that Resistabs and Anahist “may be (Ttvn tp^P^e Fiw)__^j F. OF LiBmi AN A. F, OF WASH I T»T/1 A D. C..f MEMBER INTERNATIONAL LABOR NEWS SERVICE VOL. XU1I, NO. 48 Lundeberg Defends Union Hiring Halls Seamen Unite For Battle Washington (LPA) Harry Lundeberg, president of the Sea farers International Union-AFL had an unusual ally when he testi fied March 21 in defense of union hiring halls for seamen before the Senate Subcommittee on Labor Management Relations. Lundeberg said the hiring hall ^clause in the contract obtained by Bthe Sailors Union of the Pacific, the SIU’s west coast district, was personally approved by Senator Taft in 1947 after the Taft-Hart ley act went into effect. Taft, a member of the subcommittee, smil ingly agreed when the veteran sea men's leader said he met with the Ohio Republican and a shipowners’ attorney in Santa Cruz, Calif., to discuss the hiring hall question. Cyrus S. Ching, director of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, told the subcommittee in a letter that “labor relations peace and continued operations could not have been attained since the en actment of the 1947 Labor Manage-I ... 4 -fw *5 i Issue Official Call For National Convention Retires Miami, Fla. Herman Winter, 11th AFL vice-president, retired as general president of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers. He was made president emeritus for life and Secretary-Treasurer Wil liam F. Schnitzer was named to the presidency. H. Winter, Retires After Fine Record In Labor Circles Miami, Fla. Herman Winter, president of the AFL Bakery and Confectionery Workers Interna tional Union, has retired. So ann dOTlCed the general executive board of the union at the conclusion of Rs 49th session.f Mh Winter, 65, served a half century in the labor movement and in the baking industry, culminating in his rising to the top position in his own organization and to a place on the executive council of the Am erican Federation of Labor. In re cognition of his service, the gen eral executive board honored him with the title of president emeritus for life. The general executive board un animously selected General Secre tary-Treasurer William F. Schnitz ler for the office of president. In assuming that office, Mr. Schnitz ler becomes the third president of the international union since the post was created in the 1941 con vention of the organization. Assistant General Secretary Treasurer James G. Cross was un animously selected to fill the post of general secretary-treasurer left vacant through the advancement of Mr. Schnitzler to the presidency. Mr. Cross has served the interna tional union in his duties as gen eral executive board member, as AFL convention delegate, and as assistant general secretary-treas urer. 4-CENT HIKE WON FOR 10,009 Camden, N. J. (LPA)—A 4-cent pay increase and health benefits are contained in a contract be tween the Campbell Soup Co. and the Food, Tobacco and Agricultural Workers. Affected the 4500 work ers here, and 5500 in Chicago. The contract expires March 1, 1952, with a wage reopening March 1, 1951. ment Relations Act in the maritime industry if the parties had not continued their hiring hall arrange ments subject to Supreme Court review.” Lundeberg, last of the top sea men’s leaders to testify on the hir ing hall issue said the SUP’s hiring clause gave seniority to all former crew members of ships belonging to companies in the Pacific Mari time Association. He disclosed that the only men with such seniority were SUP members, and pointed out this was a fact Taft might not have known when he approved the clause. He said Communists and Trotskyites, expelled from the SUP and other unions, were suing the unions under the Taft-Hartley act, charging discrimination. The hiring hall provisions nego tiated by the SIU’s Atlantic & Gulf District are worded differently from the SUP’s and do not include the seniority factor, but they were not discussed at the hearing. Also (Turn to Page Three} •-■W: 1 ...<p></p>Proceed ry» The first bill up for hearings sponsored, by Rep. Nixon, (R, Calif.), is a companion to the Mundt bill in the Senate. It would require the registration and publi cation of membership lists of th Communist party and those organ ization declared by the Attornej General to be communist fronts The second bill, sponsored Chairman Wood, (D, Ga.), woul forbid a federal employe or “an individual employ*d in connectioi with” national defense contracts be or become a member of or con tribute funds or services to the Communist party or any organize tion designated as subversive by the Attorney General, or to advise counsel, or urge other persons tx do or to omit to do any of these proscribed acts. Penalties for vio lation would be up to $8000 fine and three years imprisonment, oi, both. Assistant to the Attorney Gen eral Peyton Ford, in a letter to the committee, warned the Wood biF: seeks to restrain private citizens as well as federal employes from certain acts it would “have the ef fect of inflicting punishment*upon! named groups without jury trial,” and “the bill contains no legislative finding that the activities proscrib ed present a clear and present Pay Up Your Dues Cambridge Local Warns Delinquents Cambridge, Ohio Delinquent members of Local 122 should take notice that we have a very active investigating committee and the by-laws of the local are going to be strictly enforced. There is no ex cuse for being in arrears, especial ly when work has been very good. This is to be your final warning so if the axe falls, you have to blame but yourself. no one Proof that work is good at Uni versal Potteries is shown by the following new employees added to our roster: William Garby, Olin Tuttle, George Birkenheimer and George Paling, jiggermen Ray Enos, caster Mrs. George Paling, finisher Donald Parsons, Clay Sny der, kilnmen Tiszal Kenny, Bessie McNeal, Nellie Buck, Schirver, Vir ginia Wray, Eva Grimm, Edna Black, decal warehouseman. We new arrivals to the Union 122. Clyde Nicholson welcome these ranks of Local from the com- No report as yet mittee named to arrange suitable ceremonies to commemorate our twenty-fifth anniversary. Come on boys, get on the ball! Great interest is being shown here to revive the “Buy American’ drive. Union Label charts for our meeting hall and throughout the shops have been' provided and our delegates to the Central Labor Council report the central body have affiliated with the Ohio State Union Label League. There was a fairly good attend ance at our last meeting and all business transacted in record time. The shop committee reported sev eral settlements handed down in recent disputes. The announcement that Meyers: Lake Park has been selected as the' site for this year’s outing, meets with the approval of all picnic fans here. A much larger delegation than attended last year’s outing will be on hand, come June 17. On the sweeter side of life—al new candy machine service has been installed for employees in the shops. The machine is of the latest model and dispenses choice grades! of the finest candies. James O’Donnel, modler, had the misfortune of having his new carl side-swiped. Any one who is inter ested in a two-tone Frazier, get in touch with Jimmy. O.C. 122 d- s. .t/JIg (Llje Potters llcva '■vr "qr Slowly, Justice Department Warns On Anti-Subversive Bills Washington (LPA)—Proceed slowly and with caution in dniftiag anti-subversive laws. That advice was given by the Justice Dep’t to the House Committee on Un-American Activities March 21, as the group began hearings on two bills to restrict the Communist party, subvegsive organizations, and workers for the federal government and for firms, holding defense contracts. Civil liberties and labor spokesmen are ex-' pected to take an even dimmer '•r view of the bills when they appear before the committee later. Program In Pact Far Gotet Potters Bro. Sal Freschi was voted an’ honorary membership card at this meeting. Bro. Freschi has left Richmond to accept a supervisory position in a southern California pottery recently organized by the Brotherhood. He will be remember ed throughout the trade for the representation that he gave Local 89 in many conferences and con ventions, and we feel that he will do as good a job for the company as he did for the union and will be fair in all his dealings with these new members of the N. B. of 0. P. Bro. John Lelli who has repre sented Local 89 at many confer ences and conventions and has a long record as a real union man was selected to fill the vice pres ident’s post. The new representative on the ______ (Turn to Page Three) EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1950 art'.'*: Welfare Richmond, Calif.—At the* test •egular meeting of Local 89 the nembers voted to accept the new agreement for the coming year. The agreement provides for oM age tensions, disability penMdtas. arid a wealth and welfare program which vill give most of, our, members 37.00 a week while off sick. The grievances that the local were unable to settle during the past year, dye to company policies were finally settled and a few, Spot ncreases weye granted. The committee reported plant manager, Mr. Bill McKinney was erv fair during negotiations and 'eels that most of the day Work iobs that were not given increases ’an be changed over to piece-work iobs that will enable these Mem bers to increase their earnings, in ipite of the fact that so far the riant management has proposed tohfe ^piece-work priced wheW' a man would have to increase/ his □reduction nearly fifty per cent to maintain his present earnings. The committee reported they feel this was window dressing and soon the company would get down toi business and negotiate some fair piece-work prices in the spirit that our delegates to the joint Pitts burgh conference reported the of fer was made by the company heads. Social Security Coverage For All Urged On Senate Washington (LPA)—Two of the professors who know most about our federal social security system have asked the Senate Finance committee to take bold steps to give the pension and survivors’ in surance program a shot in the arm. Prof. Sumner Slichter of Har vard urged the committee, which begins work on the House-approved social security improvements after hearings ended March 24, to ex tend coverage to virtually all of the 25,000,000 people now unpro tected. He pointed out that diffi culties of administration, not ques tions of principle, led to exclusion of farm operators and workers, domestics, and the self-employed when the law was enacted 12 years ago. Unless they’re covered, he pointed out, the assumption will be that they have to turn to charity in their old age, unless they’re among the fortunate few who have piled up savings. The predominantly conservative committee will consider extending coverage to farm workers and op erators, and to domestics, but in fluential members are still hesitat ing over how far to go. In reply to Sen. MHIikin (R, Colo.), the rank ing GOP member, Slichter warned the Congress not to wait until overwhelming popular support for increasing coverage and raising i -s, -h'.' i‘ Local Union No. 45 Hands Down Ruling On Temporary Jobs Trenton, N. J.—The members of Local Union 45 were very sorry to hear of the death of Bro. John Simpson on March 19. Although he had been ill for sometime, ann ouncement of his death was a shock to his manv friends. Until his retirement last September, he was a very active member and had held many offices. He was the founder of the Contingent Fund, which still takes care of many of our expenses and was intensely in te rested in matters of health, serv ing on this committee at conven tions, sometimes as chairman. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife and other members of his family. Seniority status is being watch ed very carefully. This committee in conjunction with members of the Conference Committee and, Vice President Wheatley and Organizer James Solon spent three hours last week trying to solve various pro blems. The local being asked for a ruling on temporary jobs decided they should be posted when they become permanent. Various rumors make the rounds of the shop from time to time, but the latest rpport, and one in which we are vitally interested, has some members sneaking in to work be tween 5:30 and *6:30 a. m. It is hard to believe anyone would be guilty of such practice, but if such be th# case, we know the firm will take care of it. We do not want to revert back to the dark ages when such things were allowed. The shop committeemen on your floor should be notified of any irregularities immediately. The 50th Anniversary Dinner scheduled for Saturday, April 22, is the main topic of conversation. We feel this will be the party of parties (TurntoPageThree)______ benefits expresses itself. The aver age man, he said, doesn’t begin to think about old age security until he’s in his late 40’s, sometimes until he’s 65, and then it's too late. He proposed that eligibility bene fits be changed to bring seven out of 10 men under the pension pro gram when they retire. The Harvard professor said he’d urge going even farther than AFL and CIO spokesmen have done in paying pensions ip proportion to the average wages of the worker before he retired. He also urged other changes in computing bene fits which all together would have the effect of doubling the average amount now paid. Senators Byrd (D, Va.) and Taft (R. Ohio) expressed alarm over the industry-wide pension program negotiated between the mine work ers’ union and the coal operators. They asked if there shouldn’t be some federal regulation of indus try-wide pensions, Byrd said these could reach “colossal size.” Cutting Byrd’s “cost” arguments) out from under him, Slichter insist ed on discussing the cost of pen sions as a proportion of the total) national payroll. Looked at in this light, he said, the cost of the fed eral pension program proposed by the Advisory Council to the finance y -(Turn to Page Three) CHRYSLER WORKERS CHEER reports on progress of the strike at rally of 20,000 in Detroit’s Col iseum, showing they are determined to win. Inset, Walter P. Reuther, president of the United Auto Work after the rally. Poor Attendance At Local Meetings Leads Ta Trouble Attendance at our last meeting was only fair and again we appeal to all casters to attend at least one meeting a month. These meetings are of vital importance and are very instrumental in protecting your means of livelihood. The excuse that meetings are not important and they run far into the might, is not the case at Local No. 4. The gavel rests in the very capable hands of President Fletch er Williams and although every question and complains is given every consideration, discussion is heM to.a minimum and our meet ings never exceed a ten o’clock ad journment. The fact there is an excess of casters and work is none to steady, seems to give some firms the idea (Turn to Page. Three) Ex-Judge Kenyon Refutes Charges Of Sen. McCarthy Washington (LPA)—In a state ment of her democratic liberalism which reminded many Washington reporters of David Lilienthai’s famous credo of Americanism, ex Judge Dorothy Kenyon answered, by point the charges made against her by Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R, Wis.) before the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee* Miss Ken yon denied categorically any sub versive views or acts alleged by McCarthy when he made her the No. 1 exhibit in his highly publiciz ed charges that subversive individ uals were employed by the State Dep’t. Her work as a State Dep’t offic ial, Miss Kenyon told the commit tee, was as US representative for two years on a United Nations com mission on the status of women where she came into sharp and regular conflict with Mme. Popova, the Soviet delegate. Miss Kenyon read to the committee a radio broadcast by a Soviet woman lead er in January 1949, who said “Dorothy Kenyon, in endeavoring to conceal her reactionary stand has engage^! in slandering the So viet people, in particular Soviet women.” Taking McCarthy’s charges, first in prepared testimony, and then in reply to questions by Sen. Bourke Hickenlooper (R, Iowa), Miss Ken yon indicated that “guilt by asso ciation” would prove that many leading Republican lawyers and others were sponsors of the same organizations which McCarthy charged her with sponsoring, and in no case was her association at a date when they had been declared subversive by the US Attorney General. In many cases, she denied or could recall no connection with the sponsorships. She listed her membership in Americans for Democratic Action, and as a member of the Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, Phi Beta Kappa, the National Young Women’s Christian Associa tion, and the American Association of University Women. She also cited evidence that she was an of ficer of the group which fought the* Communist influence in the New York American Labor Party, and later formed the Liberal Party. She (Turn to Page Three) I Pres. Duffy Guest Of Honor At 12th Anniversary Party Trenton, N. J.—With Vice Pres ident Joseph Valentine presiding as toastmaster and Presidept James M. Duffy as the guest/of honor, the twelfth anniversary banquet of Local Union 49 was observed March 18 with a record attendance. From the moment Financial Sec retary A. J. Hassall asked the Lord’s blessing and guidance on the officers and guests present until the closing Sweet Home” rendered by Ernest Guenther and Joseph (Sam Spade) Cavallo, those present had nothing but words of praise for the efforts put forth by the committee headed Jim Purcell and Joseph Farletta. entertainment by Chairman Co-Chairman iif a well re- President Duffy, ceivfed address, traced the course of pioneer unionists from early days, to the birth in the slums of London of Sam Gompers and the founding of the A. F. of L. When one realizes 1950 is the centennial of Gompers and his efforts toward the betterment of the downtrodden working classes of his day, to the advantages enjoyed in this decade, people in all walks of life have much to thank for unijmigrn. Pres ident Duffy extolled the sanity dis played by both'sides in. negotia tions conducted, hy the Brotherhood since its founding, resulting in the lowest of all industrial strike sta tistics. Those seated at the guests table included First Vice President, E. L. Wheatley Fifth Vice President, Arthur Devlin Elijah Watson, financial secretary of Local Union 45 Joseph Brown, president of Local Union 35 Organizer James Solon, Joseph Pieslock, plant 6 superintendent Fred Bentley, for mer superintendent James Quig ley, health officer Lawrence Dolan, president of Local Union 49 Mrs. Dorothy Bisset and Miss Ann Shea.) In December this O.C. warned members who were delinquent to pay up or else. Now that the axe has fallen on several, those remain ing on the fringe should take heed and pay to date so that should mis fortune overtake them, their fami- JtsJdhJW ,. OFFICIAL ORGAN NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF OPERATIVE POTTERS $2.00 PER YEAR Jordan And Slaven Welcomed Visitors At Lincoln Local' Lincoln, III.—Secretary-Treasur er Chas. F. Jordan and Third Vice President James Slaven were re cent visitors in Lincoln and I might say the visit of our two national officials could not have been at a more needed time. 'A'1 ’■.a' 4k. Difficulties in handpainting as well as wages for decorators in our new decorating shop had been hanging fire threatened to point. for sometime and reach the danger and Jordan in con- Bros. Slaven junction with the shop committee met with officials of the firm and discussed various propositions as basis for proposals of procedure in drawing up a working contract. The meeting with the firm was held on Friday and proceedings of this conference were presented to mem bers of Local 116 at their regular meeting that evening. The local concurred in the action taken by the committee and an agreement was reached covering handpainting. A proposal for wages covering decal, stamping and lin ing was presented the firm with the understanding that an answer would be given in a week. We wish to thank Bros. Slaven and Jordan for their assistance and hope they can visit us again in the near future. To other members of the Executive Board we wish to have the honor of a visit from them anytime. A Resolution Committee has been appointed and consists of the fol lowing: Bert Carpenter, Glen Hale, Joe Sample and Jess Sampson. Any members having resolutions they wish to come before this year’s convention are urged to hand them over to the committee as soon as possible so that they may be pre sented before the local for discus sion. A resolution of respect for our late Bro. Casper Elsas was ordered drawn up and sent to the bereaved family. William Tolls, Bessie Willis and Glen Hade were named as committee to handle this matter. Unions Ask Slash In Liquor Taxes Lawrenceburg, Ind. (LPA) Unions all across the nation are joining the campaign to reduce taxes on alcoholic beverages, ac cording to Mabel Lutherbeck, busi ness representative of Local 6 of the Distillery Workers-AFL. The House Ways and Means Committee in Washington is now considering excise tax reduction, but current proposals call for the imposts on alcoholic beverages, gasoline and tobacco to be contin ued, Miss Lutherbeck points out. She says such discrimination is un fair and reports that organized labor is demanding an across-the board slash in all excise taxes. Miss Lutherbeck, who is also an international vice-president of her union, says unions are asking “fair and equal treatment for the alco holic beverage industry.” The na tional campaign began a few weeks ago at a meeting of Local 6 whose members work in the Schenley plant here. “Our union did not protest when Congress raised the federal excise tax on distilled spirits from $6 to $9 a gallon in 1944 as a war emer gency measure. But the law that raised the rate carried a promise that the special emergency tax would be taken off six months after the end of hostilities.” Denham Ouster Voted By House Group NLRB Unanimously For Move Washington (LPA) President Truman’s proposal to abolish the post of general counsel of the NLRB, now held by Robert Den ham. is running into hard times in Congress. The reorganization plan will take effect May 12 unless either the House or Senate rejects it. The House Executive Expendi tures committee, after hearing both sides, voted 18 to 7, on straight party lines, to disapprove of a res olution by the late Rep. Ralph Church (R, Ill.) to reject the plan. The committee acted after hearing NLRB Chairman Paul Herzog, speaking for a unanimous board, voice “unequivocal” support for the Truman proposal. Opponents testi fying included Gerard Reilly, high paid management lobbyist and one of the drafters of Taft-Hartley, William Barton for the US Cham ber of Commerce, and several man agement attorneys. Rep. Church, on the first day of hearings, died of a heart attack in the midst of his testimony, and Rep. Clare Hoff man (R, Mich.) became its chief proponent before the committee. Unless the House voted to block the Truman proposal, Sen. Robert A. Taft (R, Ohio) has already ser ved notice he’ll move to reject it in the Senate. Hearings are tentative ly scheduled to start before the Senate Executive Expenditures committee on April 4. Members of the House group agreed that an impressive case for President Truman’s proposal was made by Herzog, who said that the NLRB was a “two-headed agency” because under the Taft-Hartley act the general counsel has powers in dependent of his relationship to the board. Herzog pointed out that this separation of powers “has caused friction within the agency and con fusion among management and labor unions as to the coverage of the Labor Management Relations Act.” In a masterly analysis of the (Turn to Page Three) 3! ■..-a A'' .• **.