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AFL Labor News Service 1 International Labor News Service and Labor Press Association, Inc. VOL. XUV, NO. 7 Local No. 45 Will Elect Officers At Meeting, June 23 Trenton, N. J.—Pithy statements are not confined to the Readers’ Digest and other publication, as. I think the following two statements will prove. These were made in our last meeting first—“that we arg a very conservative group of people”, this we believe applies to the N. B. of O. P. as a whole, but does not mean that we are not going to stand up for our rights and those things which have been agreed to in the front office. No one could wish for nicer and fairer treatment than we have I heads of the received from the Trenton Potteries we deeply regret or two in the low Company, but there are one ..^bracket who argue they are being pushed around when men stand up for their rights. They either do not understand the contract or do not realize they are part of one of the parties to the contract. The second statement was “that we should be thankful that we do have some of that kind to deal with, for they are the kind who make us strong.” We wonder if these individuals have forgotten the patience they used to have to exercise at the bench when things went wrong. When they were just beginning to think they knew it all and from then on there would be nothing to sanitary potting for them! We wonder when they get so tough with those they have had ’the luck to be placed over! Did they never cuss or throw things around! We must say that our grievances have always been put right when taken up in the proper way and tnore of our many new comers are learning the right way. One or two have not deserved our confid ence which we Tegrfet, but this had to be learned too in each separate case. Our sympathy and Very best goes to the brothers and sisters of Local Union No. 85 whom we un derstand are locked out at present. We hope the trouble will be soon cleared and they will be back on the job. Local 35 is having a picnic at Vossler’s Saturday, June 24 and tickets may be obtained from Bro ther Ansell. We don’t suppose our mould rtiakers need reminded that they also are having a picnic that day. We hope the weather will be per fect for them. Sorry to hear Bob Ciffelli is sick, best of luck Brother Bob and a speedy recovery. New shop committeemen are in order anytime now. We hope good men will be chosen and serve to the very best of their ability. Nomination of officers was open ed at the meeting June 9 and will close the 16. Election will be held June 23. How much “men of good will’ are] needed in this world of ours. —O.C. Labor Tired Of Talk, No Action Denver (LPA) “Organized Labor Is Getting Tired of Pretty Promises But No Action From Democratic Party.” So reads the headline on a 2-column editorial in the current issue of International Oil Worker, semi-monthly paper of the Oil Workers. “This time has come to make it clear that there has been no mar riage between organized labor and the Democratic party,” says the editorial. “And furthermore, if the Democratic party keeps treating organized labor as it has in the past few months, it is doubtful if there will be continued friendship be tween the two.” “We have found the Democratic party long on promises and sweet talk and terribly short on bringing home the bacon,” the editorial con tinues, saying that apparently the 1948 Democratic platform “is just window dressihg.” The editorial reports a grounds well of complaints from rank and file union members about the Democratic party’s “failure to de liver the goods” and warns that “we are going to pay less and less attention to party labels and more (Tara to Page Three) fr* fi: NOTICE LOCAL 172 Nomination and election of officers for new term will be held at meeting on Tuesday, June 23. WAR ORPHANS Warns Business Wants Weaker Anti-Trust Laws Truman Names Board To Study Migrant Labor Washington (LPA)—A commiss ion to study the problems of farm laborers, especially migrant work ers, was appointed by President Truman. 45 Pressure for creation of such a group was applied by the Nat’l Farm Labor Union-AFL more than a year ago, with backing from Reps. Helen Gahagan Douglas and John B. Shelley of California, AFL President William Green, and the Nat’l Association for the Advance ment of Colored People. NFLU President H. L. Mitchell announced the union will “cooper ate in every way with the Presi dential Commission and help it gather all the facts pertaining to the problems of agricultural labor.” The commission will examine the social, economic, health and educa tional conditions among migrant workers, and to what extent gov ernmental agencies are helping them. It will also investigate the extent of illegal migration of for eign workers into the US. Mitchell said that “ever since the end of the war, the "National Farm Labor Union has campaigned to alert the public to the menace of illegal alien labor.” He attacked the agreement between the US and Mexican governments which per mits importation of Mexican na tionals for “starting the current invasion into the US of hordes of poverty-stricken peons from south of the border.” The beneficiaries, he charged, are the huge factory type farms. In a letter to Mitchell in No vember, 1949, Truman said the union leader had given him his first information “concerning any viola tion of the civil rights of agricul tural workers.” The illegal mig rants have no recourse to official government agencies when they are (Tura to Page Three) GET GOODIES—Sen. Herbert H. Lehman (D, NY) hands out chocolate bars to five war orphans who were guests of the Int’i Ladies Garment Workers-AFL during the union’s Golden Jub ilee convention. More than 1200 war orphans are being cared for abroad by ILGWU. Children above, in US for a short visit, are (left to right) Jeanine Rafalowitz, 10, from Belgium Paul Klepinine, 7, from France Emilia Stark, 10, from France Loredana Guarnieri, 7, from Italy and Giraiomo Culicchi, 11, from Italy. Washington (LPA)—When big businessmen brand the anti-trust laws a “complete hodge-podge” and call for revision, what they really want is to weaken the laws. So charged Rep. Emanuel Celler (D, N. Y.) in a radio broadcast June 9, when he sailed into Ben jamin Fairless, president of US Steel. “I disagree”, said Celler. “I be -HevaAhe anti-trust laws should be I strengthened so that they may deal effectively with the prdtdem of 'monopoly power.” To illustrate his thesis that the present laws are not strong enough, Celler recounted the testimony elicited by the House Investigat ing committee, which he heads. His group found, he said, that US Steel controls 51 per cent of the high grade ore in the chief mining re gion in the US, and that it gives itself a discount of 30 cents a ton on the ore which it sells to itself— a discount given so far to only one of its competitors, which does not own vast ore reserves. “In some years,” he related, “theI Steel Corp, has made more money Outlook Very Dim For Tax Bill As Asked By Truman Washington (LPA)—The chance that Congress would meet Presi dent Truman’s requests for reduc tions in excise taxes, increases in corporation taxes, and elimination of loopholes through which corp orations excape taxes, looked very dim on June 6 when the Democratic policy committee of the Senate met to plan the law-making calendar for the rest of June. The House ways and means com mittee, where tax bills originate, is still laboring over an emasculated version of Truman’s proposals. It will try to get a veto-proof bill to the House floor by mid-June. But so far its excise cuts are so heavy that they’ll add alarmingly to the federal deficit. And the committee has not yet come to, grips with- the corporation tax increase. It has de finitely abandoned any attempt to eliminate the biggest loophole— the oil industry depletion allow ances. Senate Majority Leader Scott Lucas said that if the House could send over a tax bill by July 1, the Senate would have to be willing to stay in Washington until Oct: 1 to finish work on the measure. Since some of the key members of the Senate Finance committee which would handle the bill are running for re-election in November, they are exceedingly reluctant to stay in Washington that long. Sen. Walter G?orge (D, Ga.), chairman of the Finance commit tee, told reporters it would be pos sible to report out a tax bill if the House sends over its version by July 1, and that he “will make every effort” to obtain passage of a bill. George, a conservative, in dicated he isn’t committed person ally to the raise in corporation taxes, but that he’d “hesitate' send to President Truman a which would not compensate income cuts from excise tax ductions. to bill for re- Phone Workers Sign Contracts Portland, Ore. (LPA)—After 18 months of negotiations a contract was signed by Communications Workers of America and the Pac ific Telephone & Telegraph Co. covering practically all the com pany’s employes in Oregon. The pact reduces wage progress ion schedules from eight to six and a half years and guarantees that the company will not downgrade pensions in any manner for the life of the contract. Union officers on leaves will accumulate credit and are guaranteed their Jobs back if they return at the end of a leave. Grievance and seniority provis ions have been improved. The agreement also includes some job upgrading and general wage in creases for some plant schedules. Dues checkoff was also won. A similar contract was signed the same day with Chesapeake & Poto mac Telephone Co. covering all employes in West Virginia. NOTICE FINISHERS Nomination and election of officers will be held at meet ing on June 23. All members urged to attend. Elj J? otters II crald ’.V ■./ •.■' EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1950 ALL ROADS LEADS TO MEYERS LAKE PARKYEARPER$2.00 Admits Lahr Spy Service For Fira On Tinker Fleet New York (LPA) A fmer Coast Guard intelligence officer told a trial examiner for the! Na tional Labor Relations Board tf»at he operated a labor spy service for the Cities Service Oil Co. In 1948-9 during a union organizing cam paign in its tanker fleet. The ex-officer, John Irwin Dug an, testified during hearings on charges by the Atlantic and Gulf district, Seafarers International Union-AFL, of unfair labor prac tices. Dugan, an attorney specializing in maritime affairs, testified he had been retained by the company’s lawyers to report on activities of SIU menjbers aboard Cities Service ships ascertain the strength of the union in the fleet and get “other pertinent information.” “They employed me to get in formation and supplied nfo with funds to pay the individuals/’ Dug an admitted. Utilizing his wartime experience in the Coast Guard, Dugan said, he “approached my former associates” in the Coast Guard, got the names of three men, and hired two. He said that between June 1948 and September 1949 he paid Anthony Lawrence Hennessey $2100 and John Basciano $4100. (The cancelled checks were offered in evidence at the hearing.) He instructed the two, Dugan testified, “to report on all activi ties of the SIU’’ gave them passes to board all company vessels they sailed on CS ships, made periodic reports, and after each trip were assigned to other ships “to follow the same routine.” Dugan sai for. his services he got “several rad dollars a-month.” The SIU has been certified as collective bargaining agent for the Committee Selected To Arrange Picnic: Los Angeles, Calif.—A commit tee has been organized to start the ball rolling for the Southern Cal ifornia Potters’ first annual picnic. Everything is in shape to have a grand outing. The park has been rented and can accommodate up to 5,000 people. 7* 4 Prizes for thd affair hive been secured and tickets ar? being print ed. From all indications it will bd a big success. Everybody seems to have the picnic spirit. We hope all potters in the area toake it a point to attend the picnic. Your interest in the affair will show whether or not we should try and have one' each y«»ar. So be sure and set aside! the day and attend the picnic. 240 P. M. 340 P. M. 3:15 P. M. MO P. M. 1040 P. M. A Green Presents Labor Peace Plan To Management New York (LPA) American businessmen are losing “enormous potential benefits and profits” by not substituting union-management teamwork for blind and unreason ing resistance to unions. So declares AFL President Will iam Green, writing in the current issue of Mill A Factory magazine on “How Labor Can Help Manage ment Improve Production.” Green declares “it is possible for the free enterprise system to take out cheap insurance” against the spread of Communism or Socialism “by the simple process of under taking to work with the unions in stead of against them.” This is a “private gold mine” that business men are ignoring, Green writes. Citing specific cases of union management cooperation to show how unions can and do help busi ness to improve production, main tain industrial peace, advertise their product and increase sales, Green said “By offering unions a working partnership, which would not invade nor transgress upon the prerogatives of management, pri vate enterprise can convert strongest potential enemy into most potent ally.” 11:45 A. M. 3 PENNY SCRAMBLE IN DANCE PAVILION------3 GROUPS 440 P. ATHLETIC EVENTS AT BALL PARK 50-yard dash for vids 7.,fo 9 years inclusive ......... 50-yard dash lor girle-19 to 12 years inclusive 50-yard dash for girls 13 to 16 years inclusive......... 50-yard Three-Legged Race 50-yard dash for boys 7 to 9 years inclusive 75-yard dash lor boys 10 to 12 years inclusive........ 100-yard dash for boys 13 to 16 years inclusive 100-yard dash for Local Union Officers Shoe Race .................................. ............................... 50-yard dash for fomalo members of N. B. of O. P. 50-yard dash for male members of N. B. of O. P........ 100-yard dash for mon (OPEN) 50-yard dash for married women 50-yard sack race 50-yard dash for single women Leap Frog Race ...................................................................... 220-yard dash for men (OPEN) ........ Baso Ball Throwing Contest for Women 440-yard relay race for mon (OPEN) UNTIL 4:30 P. M-------FREE DANCING CHAMPIONSHIP BASE GALL GAME (WINNER $90.00------LOSER $60.00) M. Washington (LPA)—George Harrison, grand president of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, gave Ban- •FarresfcsDonnell R, Mo.) the old one-two Jane 5. Testifying before the Senate Labor committee, Harrison declared Donnell’s bill barring rail strikes and imposing compulsory arbitration would be a first step toward totalitarianism and destruction of free enterprise. If conditions are so bad on the rail-] roads that workers' rights must be abolished, the roads themselves should be removed from private hands, he said. com with com Donnell, a member of the mittee, went after Harrison both hinds when the latter pleted his prepared testimony. However, the rail leader, who was speaking for the 21 unions in the Railway Labor Executives Asso ciation, blocked the Senator’s punches easily while getting in a few more licks of his own. If Con gress bars rail strikes, employes] will Still find a way to quit work to support their proper demands,! Harrison said. “Positively”, he add (Tura to Page Three) PROGRAM OF EVENTS FOR 22hd ANNUAL OUTING OF N. B. of O. P. 4040 A. M.’.—UNTIL 12 NOON-—ALL RIDES THROUGHOUT PARK FREE 1140 A. Mi %'BABY SHOW INDANCE PAVILION------3 GROUPS FIRST PRIZE. $50.00------ SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE. BABY DOLLS* (BABY SET FOR ALL ENTRIES) BATHING BEAUTY CONTEST AT SWIMMING POOL FIRST PRIZE. $50.00------ SECOND PRIZE. $2540-—THIRD PRIZE. DRAWINGS FOR DINNER SETS. ROLLER SKATES, TEA POTS. FOOTBALLS. WRIST WATCHES AND PAID-UP DUES DRAWING FOR BUICK AUTOMOBILE Pension Plan For Members of No. 49 In New Contract Trenton, N. J.—The culmination of many months of effort on the part of First Vice President E. L. Wheatley and the Joint Conference Committees xf Locals 45, 49, and 87 reached a climax on the evening of May 17 with the signing of a new pension and welfare plan. Under this plan, present and future employees of the Trenton Potteries will be recipients of benefits superior in many features to some other industrial plans. Pensioners who are certified as dis abled after 15 years’ service will receive a $50.00 a month minimum pension. Employees who have reached the age of 65 are eligible to a minimum of $100.00 per month pension. This is a non-contributory plan. The Welfare Plan costs will be as follows: employees will pay 43 per cent of the cost of hospitaliza tion, with management paying 57 per cent and receiving any divid ends, if they materialize. First Vice President E. L. Wheatley should receive the thanks of the members of these three locals as most other plans are 50-50 proposi tions. its its Harrison fests Senator Donnell In Verbal Tussle Participants without dependents pay $1.50 per month, plus tempor ary disability deductions for hos pital benefits and $3,000.00 insur ance death benefits. Those with de pendents will pay $2.90 per month,I plus temporary disability benefit deductions for hospitalization for themselves and family, plus $3, 000.00 insurance death benefits for the employed. Another gain for the newer em ptoyeeswdll be those who have one year of service. They are now en titled to one week’s vacation, but now are eligible for an additional day for each year up to five years, after which they are eligible for the two week vacation. Temporary disability benefits will be 66-2/3 per cent of weekly earnings with a maximum of $35.00 per week. Hospital benefits will be $7.00 per day for room, with a maximum of 31 days hospitaliza-1 tion miscellaneous hospital charges] up to $70.00 surgical expenses up, to $150.00. This plan also covers maternity benefits for dependents. This plan is to run until April 29, (Tant to Page Three) NOTICE LOCAL UNION 124 Nomination and election of officers will be held at the regular meeting Tuesday, June 20, room 4, N.B.O.P. Hall. Everyone urged to attend. Order of President ..... $2.00—$1.50—$1.00 $2.00—$1.50—$1.00 $2.00—$1.50—$140 $440—53.00—$2.00 $2.00—$1.50—$1.00 $240-51.50—$140 $3.00—$2.00—51.00 ..... $3.50—$2.50—$1.50 .......$2.00—$1.50—51.00 $340—5240—51.00 $3.00—52.00—$1.00 $4.00—52.50—$1.50 $2.00—51.50—$1.00 $2.00—$1.50—$140 $2.00—$1.50—$1.00 $4.50—$3.00—$2.00 $4.50—$3.00—$240 .. $2.50—$2.00—$1.50 $15.00-510.00—$5.00 $10.00 Owned, Controlled and Published by the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters 4i Fun For Everyone All Day Long Is Assured When You Drive Into Park Saturday Once again the members of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters are ready and waiting for Potters Picnic Day—-the one day of the year when potters can be practically certain of meeting all of their old friends. For twenty-two years the annual outing has been growing bigger and better with each staging until it is at present considered one of the THE IDEAL SPOT Yes sir. It looks pretty close, but what will you bet many a potter won’t be arguing from the same point of view on Picnic Day. Nothing like a good game of horseshoes to blow off a little steam. Better get a little practice and limber up that arm. To make certain that everything will go off like clock work, the committee spent last Sunday at Meyers Lake going over every detail in the all-day program with he park man agement. It is absolutely necessary that arrangements be made for every hour from the time the dance hall is turned over to the baby show in the morning until the final event on A TREAT FOR THE KIDDIES A whirl on the Merry-Go-Round is always a ML ST for the kiddies on Picnic Day. Here junior and his sister can have the thrill of their life riding the ponies and mother and dad need not worry for trained personnel keep a careful watch on the children. the all-day program. The public address system must be in the correct place at the right time, booths must be built and ticket boxes placed racing distances must be marked off nurses must be provided for judging gallons of rich cream must be on hand for the delicious free Breakfast Cheer coffee. (Tara to Page Three) s .1 ,» i i fa ‘•’tt*****?, If you are planning a basket picnic lunch at Meyers Lake Park on June 17, what better spot could you find than under the large shade trees at the lake’s edge for the family spread. iRemember too, the picnic committee furnishes Free Breakfast Cheer Coffee for your meat finest picnics in this sectionpf the country. Summer can WlUM tone officially here when the potters and their friends take a Saturday off to get together for a great reunion at ena-of.She popular playgrounds, so you can mark it down, that the swimming season is here because all roads will be leading to Meyers Lake Park this Saturday. GET OUT THE YARDSTICK