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Lesinski’s Death
Severe Blow To
Organized Labor
’'Detroit (LPA)—Rep. John Les
inski (D, Mich.), chairman of the
House committee on labor and edu
cation, died after a heart attack
May 27. He was 65 years old.
A veteran of 18 years in Con
gress, Lesinski was swept into of
fice in the 1932 Democratic land
slide which sent Franklin D. Roose
velt to the White House. He repre
sented the Michigan 16th district,
which includes two Detroit wards
and a number of suburbs...
Born in Erie, Pa., Lesinski moved
to Detroit with his parents at the
age of three months. From the age
of 18 on, he engaged in the real
ztfbestate and construction business
v^wand later in the lumber business.
For many years he was president
of the Polish Citizens Committee
of Detroit, and he was a leader in a
number of Polish cultural societies.
Throughout his career in Con
gress, Lesinski was a champion of
organized labor. He became chair
man of the House Labor committee
when the Democrats regained con
trol of Congress after the 1948
elections, and had been a key fig
ure in efforts to repeal the Taft
Hartley act.
In Washington, Lesinski’s pass
ing focussed attention on the 25
man labor committee. Under sen
iority rules, the new chairman is
Graham Barden (D, NC) whose re
cord is substantially anti-union.
However, labor leaders hope that
the responsibility of the chairman
ship will lead him to new under
standing of labor’s viewpoint.
Meanwhile the: Democratic maj
ority of the Ways A Means com
mittee must choose a Democratic1
replacement for Lesinski on the
Labor committee. Since the- labs*
group has frequently divided 18 to
J2 on important issues with Les-,
inshi himself casting a deciding
pro-labor vote, the identity of his
successor is of vital importance.
Among the possibilities most ac
^^ceptable to labor are Rep. Jack
x!5shelley (D, Calif.) and Rep. Wayne
Hays (D, Ohio). Shelley is presi
dent of the California Federation
of Labor.
Prison Terms Given
2 For Fake Cure
Chicago (LPA) The inventor
and distributor of the $50 Zerret
applicator, which would cure “any
disease known to mankind” have
been sentenced to prison by US
Judge John P. Barnes. William B.
Ferguson, inventor and manufac
turer, got two years Mrs. Mary
Stanakis, distributor, one year.
The plastic contraption was
shaped like a dumb-bell. The maker
claimed any disease could be cured
in the patient sat without crossing
his knees, holding the device, for
30 minutes at a time. The energy
given off, he said, “expands all the
atoms of your being.” The two
plastic tubes connecting the ball
ends, he said, contained “Zerret
water,” made by the use of the
“Z-ray,”—unknown to science. Ex
pert chemists testified the “Zerret
water” was plain Chicago tap
AFL Labor News Service 4
International Labor News Service
and Labor Presa Association* Inc,
v ,, 7 *.
Sees Threat To
All Labor Unions
In Donnell Bill
Cleveland (LPA)—The Donnell
bill to outlaw all railroad strikes
is a grave threat to all organized
workers, President Kennedy of the
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen
declared in a statement to Train
man News.
“After they get through hand
cuffing railroad men,” said Ken
nedy, “and get the principle of com
pulsory a i a tion established,
hen Big Business will take up the
flgfiFYd club all workers through
general legislation not confined to
the railroads.”
The Donnell bill, he said is fas
cist in character because it calls
for “forced settlement of disputes
at the hands of people who may
know little or nothing about rail
road problems. One president could
appoint boards exclusively from
Wall Street. Another could appoint
boards exclusively from union of
ficials. But whatever the type of
board, wages would be fixed by
fiat. Then would come prices, and
profits, and where would the bor
derline of communism and fascism
The Donnell bill, Kennedy con
tinued “would deprive free enter
prise of its essential elements.”
With their profits at hitherto
unknown levels, Kennedy asked,
why are the railroads now eager
for the helping hand of Congress,
unless it is for the express pur
pose of destroying democratic
labor unions “Remote banker con
trol realizes what it is doing in this
bill to destroy us. It would streng
then the hand of magement, which
needs no strengthening. It would
render labor helpless in the face of
an obstinate management. It would
result in the beginning of slave
labor. The nation’s back would be
turned upon the high standards of
living and the high purchasing
power of the masses which free
enterprise has produced.”
Low Wages Rife Among Some Groups
New York Amusement Industry
New York City (ILNS).—Coneyjtinguishable common practices,
Island furnishes employment to|other than the payment of low
more than 5,000 persons at the! wages to certain occupational
height of its season. Five out of 8|
pinboys in N.ew York State are
These are just 2 items gleaned at
random from the May issue of the
Industrial Bulletin, the State Labor
Department’s monthly news-maga
■. zine, which features a survey of the
amusement industry in New York
This issue of the Bulletin is par
ticularly timely inasmuch as Indus
trial Commissioner Edward Corsi
recently appointed a minimum
(flfcvage board composed of represent
^Sltives of employers, employes and
the public to investigate all phases
of the amusement industry and re
port its recommendations for a
minimum wage order to him.
Commenting editorially on the
probletns facing the board, Com
missioner Corsi said: “The normal
difficulties of a minimum wage
board’s task are compounded by the
character of the amusement and
recreation industry's operations
which tend to defy classification
into easily understandable group
ings. The industry consists of num
erous segments, each operating
along highly individual lines, mak
ing it difficult to observe any dis-
In an fc article o n the sports
branch of the industry the Bulletin
states that the service workers in
the 127 sports establishments in the
state constitute a large segment of
the 3,300 employed in this field. Of
the 3,300 approximately 45 percent
are professional or semi-profess
ional athletes and sports officials
(umpires and referees), managers
and professional personnel other
than athletes and office workers.
The rest are in the “service” cate
gory and include those who serve
the public directly and those who
perform a maintenance function,
such as groundkeepers, cleaners1
and porters. Most numerous in this1
category are ushers.
Ushers* Pay Meager
A survey made by the Labor De
partment in 1949 revealed that the
median weekly earnings of New
York City’s sports arena ushers
was $10.85 of ticket-takers, $21.79.
For the areas outside New York
City and for the state as a whole
earnings were even lower: $3.96
and $7.42 for ushers and ticket
takers, respectively, outside the
city and $6.23 and $9.10 for the
state as a whole.
4 ,..jNL
Doifl Du R^nlroro
Halil Dy Dflll 11
great reforms
day and find they
way too much when compared with
over $153 billion in debits, held
have BuevAVAd
A fund of $1.2 billion is in no
out. Should’ an economic crash ,WlrWlt 1
Progressive Mine
Ape Gullfv
All In Readiness For Annual Picnic At Meyers Lake Park
Home hices Sear,
Builders Try To
Pass Along Blame
Washington (LPA)—Prices'ofI
new homes,—whether a four-bed
room mansion in the country club
section or a two-bedroom cheese-1
box in ah enormous housing deve
lopment—are going up. And. the
to explain the rise, are once again
[blaming the low-rent public boas-1
[ing program.
However, they can’t have it bqth
[ways. When arguing against the!
[public housing program, they jberl
[at the fact that homes are j^st
[starting to be built under the pro-1
FREE RIDE—H. P. Burkett, a member of the Street, Electric Rail-[“although no public housing hatjlife riding the ponies and mother and Mad need not worry for trained
way & Motor Coach Employes-A FL, holds open the door to his car for[been started, there are a number [personnel keep a careful watch on the children.
(left to right) Mrs. Ben C. Caughn, Miss J. C. Dale, and Miss Jo Ann|of projects ready to go and the
Camp. The union is on'strike in Atlanta, Ga., and members are ope rat-|fiationarv factor at the’ construe-1A Vi
otct the roulw fC8uUr'y Convention Favors
AFL Leanne Hits .Campaign For
[bulletin, that builders had better] A
|jack up pricesmeet today’s mar
vi w |ket. It s a safe bet, writes Execu-[
ga as tive Vice-President Frank Cort- Atlantic City (LPA) To
On In&liranee runnrght’ that.,a8t year® red?cta!?8
VII lllolliailvu rillllllm
protected against loss.
Banks pay into the insurance]mid-May. In several New
fund a premium of 1712 of 1 per-[developments, Coopdr found that
cent on average deposits. Because [the builders had painted. ou£ dhe|
few banks have failed in recent [price signs in prcqparation for a
years, the fund has steadily in-[price boost. Cooper blames the
creased—to a total of $1.2 billion, [price boosts on increased eodts of’l
7 Ip,^, a f0 both the n
Fa&ed with rising sales prices for
lafWHo^e8RundPKat2a^rt^imth^tl *hi*i°n u* Merr-Go R«unl is always’a MUST for the kiddies
■of Home Builders asserted that|On Picnic Day. Here junior and his sister can have the thrill of their
construction costs not only will| Vember members of he Int*l
w U- (IDAI n [be Wiped out but they may increase iea Garment Workers-AFL have
Washington (LPA)-One of the to the poirit of affecting 8ate8.|been a8ked by the union’s conven
-----3 of the New Deal- Builders must be careful not to|tion to put $2 eaeh into a political
insurance of bank deposits—is [price and presell this year’s toW'Icimi^^fund.'
threatened by the greed of bank-[ing on last year’s building eostF
ers, Labor’s League for Political llevel.”
Education warned this week I xiu ... I ment, which will net more than a
Education warned this week. I Mo st thorough |ocql check-up Yn|half.million donars delegates vot-
That reform was put throughlhome prices was done in l^w|ed resolutions endorsing steps to
after the tragic collapse of the [York’s metropolitan area by Lee E.|ward a merger of all liberal poli
banking system 1933. A Federal Cooper, real, estate writer for the tical groups in “a nationwide party
Deposit Insurance Corporation was New York Times. In one Long Is- of consistent American liberalism.”
set up to administer it. Under the |land project prices have been boost- [Meanwhile the ILG endorsed Am
law deposits of up to $5000 are ed $1000 to $17,990. In two othars, Lricans For Democratic Action, and
protected against loss.[higher prices were announced ]in|pledged gup^t to Labor’s Lea-
Banks pay into the insurance! mid-May. In several New Jerfey.lgue ibf. Political Bducfttfon-AFL.
i” The union’s annual financial re
port, covering the three years
since the last convention, shows
assets and reserves totaling $110,
000,000. Of this, nearly $45,000,000
w Jis in health and welfare funds, in
for legislation to slash the premium |ber" and sheet rock. He warns that |cludi $2,000,000 invested in 13
Recently, bankers put on a drive [building materials, especially lum-L
for legislation to slash the premium |h nd that, |V' 1WMMg fUUUfUUV mvesieu io
more than half. They won in the|“ the trend continues, it may end [health care centers, and $27,000,
Senate. The bill was slipped Khe Present building boom which]^ in retl-rement fundg handled for
through with few senators aware|bas threatened to break all records |the members by the union. Out of
of its significance, according to the|for hon]® production in 1950. [these funds come sick benefit and
League, which is the AFL politicall A su ?ey theoNaJ^1 A88oc?a’[vacation benefits for 395,401 work
arm. The measure is now beforeof Real Estato Boards concedes|erg covered by jlg contracts, and
the House Banking Committee. [that pnees are thp Same or higher[58,527 New York workers covered
“This bill amounts to anotherr? JFT c?n* Le Clties for old age pensions. Altogether,
raid on a trust fund established for[f. an on P*r c€a 0 retirement funds cover 206,738
the protection of the small fellow,”1Fh® ,cl^es !9TT union members.
the League declared. J* d? bwket later this| Contrasted with the $922 in cash
“If the bankers are granted the|8aing or Tn eve^higher^evet than|^at un*on had when its found
cut, depositors may wake up someL^ in 82 cent of the cities! u Ve^Ino^tharcu^nt^a^a^
viuii w
protection the FDIC was to[ se^8 total $9,273,269.
provide for them
Translating some of the union’s
by 104 million depositors in the in-l **•«. Itne'piattorm to express thanasi to
sured banks, the League pointed
come, the reserve could be quickly I Washington (LPA)—Oil should] jng supported n homes in Italy,
eaten up. conserved and used to fuel autos [France and Belgium. The Jewish
Some “sweetening” has been ad-[and trains, not for home heating,[tabor Committee and the Italian
ded to the bill by increasing the [Vice-president Thomas Kennedy of Labor Committee administer the
protection from $5000 to $10,000[the United Mine Workers told the[bomes. The energetic and persist
per depositor. [Senate Labor subcommittee study- |ent w’ork of Hannah Haskel, secre
“But the joker is that the|ing the effects of oil imports on|tary to ILGW President David
F. D. I. C. could be given less than [unemployment in the US on May [Dubinsky, who has organized ILG
one-half of its present premiums to|22. He asserted oil should be con-[office staff contributions to sup
|8erved f°T national emergencies. He|Port 67 orphans, was hailed by the
[also urged that some steps be taken [delegates
[from spokesmen for the coal com-
Washington (LPA)-The Pro- P?“d'nt °u ProdtKers and from the
gressive Mine Workers union haslb,g «™pP«ne» wjwh are doing U»l Springfield, III. (LPA)-About
been found guilty, by the National [mPortu,g from their foreign hold-|200 persons from 40 communities,
Labor Relations Board of violating|,n?!!* ™. [including 85 delegates from AFL
the Taft-Hartlev act bv using I Chairman Elbert Thomas (D,land CIO unions, attended an “As
threats to keep two miners away|Utah!, °f Labor committee ob-LmWy for FEPC” here. The as
from their jobs after they consult-|serYed Kennedy that over a long|sembly, on motion of Nicholas M.
ed officials of the United Mine |Pfri0J the coal operators Irave re-[DiPietro, executive secretary of the
Workers about replacing the PMW|s,sted government efforts to im- [Chicago Federation of Printing
as the bargaining agent. The ruling |Proye the economy of the coal m- [Trades Unions, “requested the top
was unanimous. Idustry, and asked the UMW affi-[state officers of the CIO and AFL
A majority of the board held the cial wh±'Lh‘
company liable for “constructive!--------- committee representing- each cen
discharge” by failing to disavow ITorAma Wash Pa inf arg lef8- work wit e ’n°*s
the expulsion of the two men-|l“C®m“’ ,ralnterS IFair Employment Practices Com
charies chandler and George
Mark 50th Anniversary
Smith, who brought thd charges. I w..l. ctnsi a ln,Pa” Carmell, genera counse,
.. .1 Tacoma, Wash. (LPA)—Repre-1Illinois State Federation of Labor,
The board found they were kept [gentatives of labor and industry [said: “We believe that the FEPC is
from working by threats of beat-|8poke at tbe banquet marking the [one of the fundamental concerns of
ings and reprisal from March 25, [50th anniversary of the founding of [the labor movement, and the 111
1948 to August 20, 1948, when the|pajnterg Decorators Local 64, |inois State Federation of Labor will
mme, near Tilden, III., was closed Lttended by 900. |be down in the forefront to get
down. The board ordered the com-[ »pbe local wag founded by 34 men [passage of the bill.”
pany and the union to reimburse[jn Among them was Joseph) John Alexia, director of the 111
the two for any lost wages._______
rePort ™at current cash as-
k°"lrib“ti,n8l into nesh-and-blood,
delegate weteomed to the.r hearts
S^KtfZ “e^rU’Es “to
hoL™'0"' ^'together more than
[AFL And CIO Join In
cjarke, then 20. In 1903 he be-[inois Political Action Committee,
wrrvTir’i? iatai [came president, serving until he [and Bob Bollard, editor of Illinois
ICE local 51 [moved to San Francisco in 1949. In[Labor (state CIO paper), pledged
Canonsburg, Pa. Nomina- [1912 he was elected fourth vice [the state CIO’s full cooperation in
tion of officers will be held at [president of the Brotherhood of [the FEPC drive,
meeting on June 5. During [Painters, Decorators and Paper
June, July, August and Sept
ember, meetings will be held
every other Monday at 7 p. m.
Illinois FEPC
FEPC bills, rejected four times
[hangers. A Local 146 had been|by the Illinois legislature, will be
[chartered in Tacoma in 1890,
[disbanded three yean later.
but[introduced again in the State As
Isembly convening in January 1951.
1 win
sains for organized labor in
I I'VIUVCI, Iircmuvio ui me uni Lad-
Along with the voluntary assess
ment, which will net more than
Sen. Graham Wins ^r’en^ ®n
Lacks Majority,
May Face Runoff
1*1 If AC
Un Kaiiroacis
O ulUG LOODllOie
Truman Nominates
Smith, Utilities’
Washington (LPA) President
[Truman’s political stock, which
[zoomed to a record high when he
[vetoed the Kerr natural gas bill
[last month, took a dive May 26
[when he nominated Nelson Lee
r_i u x- z- /t n»x [Smith to the Federal Power Com
veip k Senator [mission for another five-year term.
Frank P. Graham came off top-1
man in the important North Caro-1 The Kerr wou‘d
lina primary election, but prob-fc?n?umtra n«»ons of dollars in
ably faces a run-off election P11*1"* J10™ *as blls.» Smith was
against Willis Smith, Raleigh corp-[one nMs^ act,ve supporters,
oration lawyer, on June 24. The| AFL Radio Commentator Frank
contest, second^major test of Fairl|Edwards has said of Smith: “He
Deal strength in the South this|may not have been in love with the
spring, brought out a record-break-|biK gas and electric utilities, but
ing vote of 600,000. |his record shows that he would
Administration supporters hailed Pave r^arr’e^ them if he had a
the results as a vindication of ad- |chance’
ministration policy, and predict al United Automobile Worker, pub
Graham victory in the run-off, Ihcation of UAW, said in its May
which would make the administra- |issue that reappdntmsgt ut Susfth
tion even-up in Southern verdicts 1*° the FPC “could still bring vic-!
on the Fair Deal this, year. Claude |tor *.«»« and 11
Pepper was unseated-in the Florida [reappointed, he probably LvJM^per
primaries by Representative Smat-|suade a majority in FPC to let the
hers [bi# °ii companies set their owni
Graham polled 48.88% of th. Pr,CM f°r .**'■ But the President
votes cast to Willi. Smith’s S-mth record. H.s reap-,
40.68%. Former Senator Robert P.lp”nJ™e"„t would awe*r ,o be
Reynolds, who ran third in the|P°SSI e’
four-man primary polled 56,0191 In a telegram to Truman May 23,
votes. Crucial question now is [Americans for Democratic Action
whether Graham can swing enough [urged that Smith not be reappoint
of them to tip the balance in thej^- “Smifh has long stood and
______ (Turn to Paqr Three) [fought for the special interests as
[opposed to the public welfare,”
Accfvilc Rill Ta |said
Dili v
the ADA wire. “Reappoint-
[ment of Smith would give execu-j
|tive support to his ideas and would
wZUllwW wTi IRCb [offset to a large extent the past
|work of Leland Olds and the veto
|0f the Kerr bill.”
Washington (LPA)—Sen. Her-I La®* summer Truman nominated
bert H. Lehman (D, N. Y.) attack-|01ds for a third five-year term on
ed the Donnell bill to outlaw rail-[the Commission. Olds had directly
road strikes, in testimony before a fought the companies for the
Senate labor subcommittee holding I, _.
4k- i Ibenefit of the consumer. The nom
hearmgs on tne measure, compul-1
sory arbitration of rail labor dis-|ination was held up in the Senate
putes, said Lehman is “a revolu- [interstate Commerce committee for
tionary proposal” and “a long step” |f0Ur months. Then it was sent to
railro^dSsg°Vernment °WnerSh*P °f the Senate floor, where it was bitt-
The bill, introduced by Sen. For-1----------------------------------------------
law all strikes, compel binding ar
tion and jail sentences as enforce
ment. The measure has been at-| Detroit (LPA)—The five-year
tacked by all the railroad unions. |contract gigned by United Auto
Daniel P. Loomis, chairman of [workers and General Motors was
the Association of Western Rail-|hailed by UAW president Walter
roads, admitting that the carriers IReuther “as the most significant
for years have opposed compulsory |developn)€nt in iabor reiatiOns since
arbitration, said he “very reluct-Lbe mass production industries
antly” is now for compulsory ar- |were organized in 1936-37.”
bitration “as applied to certain in-| E WiiBon, president of Gen
dustries”’ which he did not name |erai Motors said the pact is «un.
He did say that quick settlement of|precedented in labor-management
railroad disputes was more import-|relations” and «wiH have a stabil
ant than coal and steel strikes. [izing influence not only on our bus
[iness but an the economy of the
[whole country.”
Owned, Controlled and Published
by the National Brotherhood of
Operative Potters
Committee Announces
Bus Schedule for Trip to
Canton Resort, June 17
I The big day in the potters’ calendar, the annual picnic at|
[Meyers Lake Park, being but a matter of two weeks away, the
[committee has things shaping up very well indeed. Even
[minor details have been polished nff, and there is nothing to
[do now but sit down and wait for the best time of y«»ur life.
I Buses will leave the Broadway Terminal starting at 7:30
[o’clock in the morning, pulling out just as soon as they are
[filled. The last bus will leave at 9:30. Returning, the buses
[will start from Meyers Lake Park at 7 p. m., leaving when
[filled until the last one pulls out at 11:15 p. m.
I There has been a chansre in the
General Motors Pact Hailed As
Milestone By Labor And Industry
Government officials were equal
[ly enthusiastic, Labor Secretary
Washington (LPA)—The Senate [Maurice Tobin said it “means that
Judiciary Committee has finally [there is confidence in the future
approved a bill which will close one [prosperity of this industry.” Medi
of the biggest loopholes in the fed-|ation Director Cyrus Ching hailed
eral anti-trust laws. By a seven to lit as “a milestone in the progress
two vote, it approved a bill that [of collective bargaining.”
will forbid a corporation to buy| Industrial peace for five years is
control of competitors by acquiring [assured by the contract, which con
their assets. [tains no reopening clause. Each
At present, Federal Trade Com-[year for those five years a four
mission is empowered to prohibit a [cent raise is guaranteed the 260,
corporation from buying controll-[000 GM workers “consistent with
ing stock of a competitor, thus [technological progress.”
lessening competition, but testi-f
mony before a House Judiciary
subcommittee last summer indicat
ed the purchase of assets is being
used to achieve the same end. The
House has already approved the
Election of officers will be
held at next meeting on June
9. All members are urged to be
I Pensions, set now at $100 a
[month, will rise to $117.50 as Fed
|eral social security benefits im
Iprove. The agreement provides
|what the union termed “the most
liberal pension and Hospital-Medi
cal-Insurance program yet nego
tiated in any mass production in
dustry.” It also grants a modified
union shop.
The controversial cost-of-living
escalator, inaugurated in the last
|GM contract, remains. This means
$2.00 PER YEAR
There has been a change in the
schedule for the baby show. It will
start promptly this year at 11
o’clock. At past outings the show
has always been scheduled for 11
a. m., but it has always been under
stood that the gate would not be
closed until 11:30. Not so in 1950,
however the nurses will start their
rounds to judge the babies at ex
actly 11 o’clock and all babies must
be entered by that time.
Homer Laughlin, a club that has
not played in the annual diamond
classic at the potters’ outing for
quit some time, informed the picnic
committee this week their team is
all set and raring to go. Even went
so far as to inform the committee
they expect to hand the New Castle
nine a sound drubbing. Two vet
eran umpires, Paul Carruth of
Wheeling and Verne Bailey of East
Liverpool will call the balls and
Since there may be but one meet
ing night left, you undoubtedly
want to look over your dues book
to make certain your accounts are
straight. The only possible way you
can be eligible to compete in the
paid-up dues book drawing is to
have a bo*'!' with you showing that
jMi are paii-up-to-date. Remember,
the first prize in this event is a 4
$250.00 television set, plus an extra
$50.00 for aerial.
For those who are hot planning
to pack a basket picnic lunch on
June 17, Meyers Lake Park has one
of the finest cafeterias in the
state. Here you can get piping hot
meals in less time than it takes to
talk about it. Park officials assur
ed the committee they will be pre
pared to handle all those who wish
to take this means of satisfying the
wishes of the inner man.
Free Breakfast Cheer coffee will
again be available for the noon and
evening meal. You must have your
own container. The committee will
furnish free cream.
The sports committee announces
the following athletic events to get
under way at the ball field at 1
p. m. sharp:
50-yard dash for girls 7 to 9
years inclusive, $2.00—$1.50—$1.00.
50-yard dash for girls 10 to 12
years inclusive, $2.00—$1.50—$1.00.
50-yard dash for girls 13 to 16
years inclusive, $2.00—$1.50—$1.00.
50-yard Three-Legged Race,
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that base pay will rise or fall with
the cost of living but cannot fall
below a set floor. The base will in
crease four cdnts a‘year regardless
of the cost ef living.
The immediate money package
won by the union totals 19 cents:
seven cents for pensions, five cents
for hospital-medical-insurance, four
cents, flat wage increase, one and a
half cents improved vacation pay,
six-tenths cents in extra wage in
creases to skilled trades workers,
nine-tenths .cents into other econ
omic gains for apprentices and
When the four-cent annual wage
increases are added to this, GM
workers will increase their buying
power by 35 cents per hour by the
time the contract expires in 1955.
Half the Blue Cross and Blue
Shield hospital insurance of GM
workers and their families will be
paid by the corporation. Life insur
ance and disability benefits will be
increased without any cost to the
employes. Sickness and accident
benefits have been raised and will
now range from $31.50 to $45.50
per week.
The union shop provision re
quires all members of the union to
remain in good standing' during
the life of the contract as a condi
tion of employment. New workers
must join the union by the time
they acquire seniority. Seniority
and grievance procedures were also
improved. A clause has been added
granting leave of absence foe
workers elected to public office.

•». :K.

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