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any further reduction in tariffs could only mean less job opportunities
^^for members of the National Bro- —-----*-7
^Mherhood of Operatiove Potters.
^7 Citing further his appreciation
of the need of importing if we are
to export, President Duffy stress
ed that he did not object to a share
of pottery products produced
abroad coming into the American
market, but he did object to the
level of competition from countries,
where workers are paid less, work
longer hours and operate under
less favorable working conditions
than American workmen. Competi
tion that gets its advantage from
i such sources is unfair, he added,
and the committee should inquire
into this phase of foreign wmpet
The full text of President
Duffy’s report follows:
“Mr. Chairman, I am President
of the International Brotherhood
of Operative Potters, an affiliate
of the American Federation of
Labor, and speak for the great
1 majority of the workers employed
in the pottery industry. This is an
old, established union that has an
excellent record of peaceful
tions 'with the employers and we
are pnmdxxf this fbcC
“At the outset I want tb MiprasB
my appreciation gnd that of our
membership for tins opportunity
of telling our story to this House
iLabor Committee. We perhaps ap
preciate more than others how
much the import problem is a pro
blem of employment and wages.
For us the tariff question has no
other meaning. If the level of our
import duties had nothing to do
with our employment, wage levels
4ind working conditions we would
have no direct Interest in the tariff
“The connection, however, is
both direct and vititf, It is, there
fore, most encouraging to have the
Labor Committee look into this
question. In fact, it was about time
that the import problem was con
sidered from its, bearing on labor
standards and employment. We
know of no other economic effects
of dutiable imports that are more
important than their impact upon
the workers.
“We know, because pottery im
ports have been very heavy over a
Sebring, Ohio The following
are the newly elected officers of
Local Union 44: Clyde Jones, pres
ident Jack Mylar, vice president
Phil Schroeder, financial secretary
Chester Brunt, recording secre
tary J. I. Sullivan, defense secre
tary Mike Conny, treasurer Cecil
cDaniel, inspector Frank Lee,
ia*rd Oliver Pinkerton, trustee^
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Tariff Question Problem
Employment, Wages,
Duffy Tells House Group
Appearing before the House Labor Committee this week in Wash
ington to oppose any additional duty reduction in pottery items in
forthcoming tariff negotiations, President James M. Duffy told the
committee that the tariff issue has reached the stage where it is a pro
blem of employment and wages for workers in the pottery industry.
Citing the inroads of foreign pottery products on the American
market over a period of years which accounted for 25 to 30 per cent
of total consumption before the war, the Brotherhood chief cited where
imports of foreign pottery products today are above that average and
Local Union No. 45
Lists Officers5 5
For The New Terni'
Trenton, N. J.—Local 45 held its
semi-annual, election of officers
June 23rd and the line up for the
next six months will be George
Smith, president Joe Donohue, vice
president Elijah Watson, financialj
secretary Lance Ansell, recording
secretary John Richards, treas
urer John Shannon, inspector
Duncan Stewart, guard John
Shannon, statistician Russell
Southard, Michael Gevak and
Charles Cook, trustees
Conference Committee Ralph
Conte, Edgar Shuman, Alex Gray,
Robert Hannah, George Smith and
Lance Ansell. With the whole
hearted support of all members
there is no reason why everything
should not gg well. Al Davies and
AhW" were tellers. 4 V
24th and no one lost their way due
to the signs posted along the route
by George Kuhn. John McGuire had
charge of transportation. A special
pat on the back to Mr. Pieslak for
the loan of his truck to transport
our sports equipment, etc.
The Kelly’s won the softabll
game, the K,renchickies the volley
Jball and Lou Rich and Don Mas
sara starred at quoits. Joe Don
ohue, Ralph Conte and Gill Mose/
saw that everyone had all the de
licacies they could eat while Bill
Pilgar saw that no one was dry,
in fact everyone pitched in. Some
pitched in with' water buckets and
cooled one another off. 7
“Lige" Watson, Lance Ansell,
Jack Richards and Bert Hannah
were honorai guests and royally
treated. President George Smith
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The first reading of a resolution
to increase the monthly dues of
members of Local Union 53 from
35c to 50c will be held at the next
meeting on July 6. This matter
has been discussed at the past sev
eral meetings and the members
feel that the time is at hand to
settle the matter once and for all.
The resolution must be passed
upon at thpee meetings and if
adopted will become effective Sept
ember 1st. All members are urged
to be present and voice their opin
Humphrey Demands Report
Of Lewis, Jr.---Hitler
Washington (LPA)—In letters
to Secretary of State Acheson and
Secretary of Defense Johnson, Sen.
Hubert Humphrey (D, Minn.) has
demanded whether it’s, true that
Fulton Lewis, Jr., radio’s silken
voice of reaction, tried to become
Adolf Hitler’s adviser in 1940.
The New York Post’s Washing
ton correspondent, Charles Van
Devander, charged June 21 that
Mt er the faU of France in 1940
Kewis approached Kurt Sell, press
counselor of the German embassy
in Washington, suggesting that
Hitler publicly aak President
Roosevelt to make Churchill call
off his “senseless and pigheaded"
resistance to the Germans. Accord
ing to Van Devander, Lewis told
Sell that Roosevelt would be sure
to reply to Hitler with “incivility?
but that the Nasi appeal would
have a deep effect on the people, of
both North and South America.
Lewis denied the charge. How
ever, Van Devander followed it
with a second story quoting Hans
Thonsen, charge d’affaires of thej
embassy in 1940 in the absence of
the German ambassador, as telling
his Nazi superiors that Lewis’s at
titude toward Germany was “fac
tual and unprejudiced,” but that
he was a young commentator with
out much standing. Lewis’ propos
al, although “well meant,” prob
ably arose “mostly from a desire
on the part of the personalities in
volved to gain attention. Similar
proposals are frequently made to
the embassy by well meaning but
uninfluential. persons,” the Ger
man diplomat wrote, according to
Van Devander.
In his first story, Van Devander
said that an account of Lewis’ pro
posal was contained in a report
written by Kurt Sell, transmitted
to Germany from the Nazi embassy
in Havana. Sell* was in the Cuban
capital in late July 1940 observing
the meeting of the foreign minis
ters of the 21 American republics.
Lewis admits he was also there for
Mutual Broadcasting Co., for whom
he still works.
Van Devander quoted Sell as re
porting that Lewis was an
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Margaret McAvoy
Elected President
Local Union 124
Local Union 124 had one of the
bfcst turnouts of the year on hand
at\their meeting on June 2® when
offals for the new w were
elpctsd, Spirited cont^dp marked
the ballots were counted a nehv
slate of officials will guide the des-
tinies of Local 124 for the next six
The results were as follows:
Margaret McAvoy, president Rose
Stewart, vice president Harold
Williams, financial secretary
Mary Wyand, recording secretary
Wilbur Harmon, treasurer Myrtle
Hutchison, inspector Ethel Jones,
inside guard Harry Cresswell,
statistician Walter
Daniel, trus-
were immedi
promised the
The new officers
ately installed and
wholehearted cooperation of the
membership in carrying out the
duties of their respective offices.
With a new spirit being shown
by the membership, we are looking
forward to progressive steps be
ing taken to promote the interests
of all. This is as it should be for in
unity there is strength, but dissen
tion in our ranks can only mar the
progress of all. Let each and every
member do his or her part and
Local 124 will be a progressive
unit in the Brotherhood chain.
Our delegates will leave over
the week-end for the convention
which opens in Cleveland on July
3. Resolutions to come before the1
parley have been discussed in local
and our delegates know the senti
ment of the membership on the
various proposals.
With v the convention in session
for approximately two weeks, and
many of the members taking their
vacation during this period, it was
decided to.postpone the meetings
scheduled fbr July 4 and 11, and
the next meeting will be held on
July 18, at which time the dele
gates will make their report of
convention proceedings. —O.C. 124
Spring To Defense
As Hart Testifies
Washington 'LPA)—Merwin K.
Hart, president of, and chief lob
byist for, the National Economic
Council, spent a pleasant morning
June 20 with the House Committee
investigating lobbying. For when
ever probing by Committee Coun
sel Louis Little got too close for
comfort, Hart was bailed out by
the GOP Committee members—
Halleck of Indiana, Brown of Ohio,
and O’Hara of Minnesota. (Brown,
a. former lieutenant governor of
Ohio, was Taft’s campaign man
Hart’s group, on the evidence of
its own publications and lobbying
record, is anti-labor, anti-Fair deal,
and isolationist. Also, its own re
cords show it is backed by some of
the nation’s biggest corporations.
But when Little tried to establish
that Hart was negotiating with
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She qP extern
Three constitutional amendments
were adopted, raising the per capita
tax to the International from 75
cents to 90 cents, increasing the
total local dues from $1.56 to $2
and making mandatory instead of
voluntary the present 10 cents per
month levy fox a separate defense
The most turbulent discussion at
the convention centered around the
defense fund to “combat emergency
situations detrimental to the
union”. About $70,600 has already
been collected on a voluntary basW,
Klenert reported.
Among resolutions passed was
one calling for election of a pro
gressive Congress that could be
counted on to repeal the Taft-Hart
ley law and another demanding
establishment of both federal and
state FEPCs.
Several convention speakers, in
cluding Joseph M. Jacobs, Chicago
labor attorney, and President
Green, urged unprecedented labor
activity at the polls this year..
The government loyalty pro
gram was defended by Assistant
Secretary of Labor Ralph Wright
who declared, “As Americans con
cerned with preserving the demo
cratic and just principles upon
which our nation was founded, we
should prefer such fair, cool, non
partisan and effective methods of
fighting Communist attempts at
infiltration to the heated, political,
reckless, scattergun blasts that are
more likely to instill fear into our
people, weaken our nation abroad
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Meeting Date Changed
For Local Union No. 51
Canonsburg, Pa.—The next meet
ing of Local Union 51 will be held
on July 17 at which time delegates
to the convention will make their
report. All members are urged to
pass this word along And insure a
full turnout on the above date.
Our new officers for the first
six months of 1950 are as follows:
Wallace Green, president Emmil
Dorchak, vice president Calvin
Bixby, recording secretary Clar
guard Everett Merideth, trustee
William Donkin, statistician, Can
onsburg Pottery John Whitlow,
statistician, W. S. George Pottery.
Wright, financial secretary
Koplen, defense collector
Bender, treasurer Roy Pat
inspector Charles Harris,
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LPA EDITORS AT WHITE HOUSE-—Editors attending the annual meeting of Labor Press Ass’n were greeted by President Truman
at the White House June 16, where the chief executive made an off-the-record talk and posed for this picture in the rose gardtga, JLPA
celebrated its first birthday as la cooperative, elected officers aw .made plans for further expansion during the coming year.
Green Pledges AFL Support
For UTW Southern Drive
New York (LPA)—AFL support
for a southern organizing drive by
United Textile Workers-AFL was
pledged by President Wiltfoun
Green of the AFL in a speeds to
the 800 delegates at UTW’s W
biennial convention.
Upion orgMuzation wil^
declared.. “Why should the sootii
continue to be afflicted by double
dealing politicians who pose as
Democrats but vote consistently
with the Plutocrats?/* he asked.
Lloyd Klenert, secretary-treas
urer, reported UTW membership
reached a record total of 78,858
this year. Twenty-five new locals
have been chartered since the last
convention. s.
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$100 Pensions For
5100 At Three
Detroit (LPA)—A funded pen
sion plan calling for $100 after 25
years' service has been won by the
'United Auto Workers for its 1100
workers at Udylite Corp. A similar
pact was signed by the company
with the Mechanics Education Soc
iety for 400 other workers.
The company’s minimum contri
butipn will be $50. With increased
-social security benefits the fotal
'would jump to a maximun of
.$122.50. The contract includes dis
ability benefits of $50 after 15
years, and three weeks’ vacation
after 15 years. Of the 11-cent
package 7 cents is for pensions and
8 cents towards a medical insur
ance program.
After a 16-hour bargaining ses
sion, a pension settlement ended a
|ix-day strike of 4000 UAW mem
bers at the Motor Products Corp.
Basic pension is $100 at 65 after
25 years, with the maximum go
ing to $117.50 under improved so
cial security benefits. Skilled and
maintenance workers won a 5-cent
increase, and vacation and health
benefits were improved. John W.
Gibson, Assistant Secretary of
Labor, and a former Michigan CIO
Council president, participated in
the final negotiations. Local 165
has ratified a contract calling for
a 12-cent package, ending a six
day strike by 900 at the Herron
Zimmers Moulding Co.
Study of Health
Plans Is Assured
Washington (LPA)—The direc
tor of the special study of health
insurance plans to be undertaken i
by a Senate Labor subcommittee
will be Dr. Dean Clark, it was an
nounced June 21. Dr. Clark was
the nominee of Sen. Alexander
Smith (R, NJ) whd opposes fed
eral health insurance. His appoint
ment makes it certain that there
will be a fair study of the good
and bad aspects of union and co
op and doctor-controlled health
Dr. Clark is director of Mass
achusetts General Hospital. From
1945 to 1949 he directed the Health
Insurance Plan of I^ew York. He
is a member of the board of the
Cooperative Health Federation. He
has testified for a national health
insurance program before several
Congressional committees, and is
well known as a competent admin
istrator of the most successful and
largest of the health plans not con
trolled by the doctors. The New
York Medical Society has refused
to endorse the HIP, because it
isn’t run by the doctors. Its board
includes CIO, AFL, business and
civic leaders in New York City,
and HIP serves more than 250,000
New Yorkers with a complete pre
paid medical care program.
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Local 122 Strikes
Back At League
Supporting Taft
Cambridge, Ohio President
James M. Duffy was a recent visit
or in our midst on official business
and quite a few of our members
were disappointed because we did
not” call a 'special meeting. Bro.
Duffy handled the problems at
hand in the usual way, diplomatic
While there was no great deal
of progress made, the issues were
left open for further discussion.
We would greatly appreciate a re
turn visit from President Duffy to
work out more satisfactory settle
ments, and hope he can time his
visit so that it will fall on the date
of a regular meeting night.
Br. James Coffey made a report
of a recent investigation regarding
a letter being circulated by the
Independent Voters League of Ohio
supporting Taft. What the League
circulates regarding their candi
date Taft is none of our business,
but when the letter issued by the
league lists a member of this local
along with the International Bro
therhood of Operative Potters as
supporting Taft, then
the mem*
the letter
Bro. Coffey contacted
ber whose name was on
and inquired if he had authorized
the use of the Brotherhood’s name
on the circular. Much to Bro. Cof
fey’s surprise, the brother not only
said he did not, but added he was
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Compromise Pact
For Long Line
Workers Reached
New York (LPA)—A compro
mise contract covering long lines
workers employed by American
Telegraph Co. was reached June
20 by Communications Workers of
America and the phone company.
The contract must still be, ratified
by locals in 40 states.
Robert Creasy, president of CWA
Division 10, said the “vast major
ity of employes wRl get wage in
creases /varying from 50 cents to
more than $10 a week” because of
a change in the wage'‘progression
plan, whereby workers will take
6^ years to reach maximum job
pay classification instead of eight
years as previously.
Despite that, Creasy said, “it is
not a good contract. It is inade
quate. But it will be ratified—de
spite the fact that it is not good—
because of the conditions at the
present time.”
More than 20,000 long distance
operators, plant central office
craftsmen, outside maintenance and
construction workers are covered.
Gains included an improved griev
ance procedure and better termina
tion pay for workers laid off be
cause of increasing mechanization
of the phone system.
Meeting scheduled for July
5 has been cancelled and our
next meeting will be held Wed
nesday, July. 19.
Jiggermen’s Next
Meeting Will Be
HeM On JufynlS
Guy Digman, president Isaac
Jones, vice president Francis
Cubberly, financial secretary John
Weber, recording secretary “Bud”
Sainor, inspector Ernest Torrence,
guard Charles Blazier, statistic
ian William Duke, trustee.
The auditing committee compos
ed of Bros. Ernest Torrence, Isaac
Jones and William Duke, made
their report of examining the books
and finding the funds ths IweW?
John WehsrT vsteam .jgeoygiac.
secretary will repreoimt tiw local
at the West Virginia State Federa
tion of Labor convention which
opens on August 24.
George Lanning was chosen to
act in 'the same capacity at the
Ohio State Federation of Labor
convention which opens in Colum
bus, Ohio, on August 21.
The meetings scheduled for July
4 and 11 have beep cancelled and
the local will not meet again until
July 18. —O.C. 12
Ewing Addresses
Convention Of
Textile Workers
it is our of-
New York (LPA)— Federal
fieials in .Washington "have relied
on the wisdom and statesmanship
of the American labor movement
in the fight for more and better
social security," Federal Security
Administrator Oscar Ewing told
more than 400 delegates at the
convention of United Textile Work
ers-AFL at the Hotel New York
er June 20.
“Your own union, along with
many others,” he declared, “has
done much to make Congress un
derstand that this program of so
cial insurance is in the best inter
ests of the American people, and
that this is what the people want.”
Owned, Control!
by the National Brotherhood of
jOperative Potters ':4
Hollenden Hotel Scene
For This Year’s Parley
Board Now In Session
The fifty-sixth annual convention of the National Brotherhood of
Operative Potters will open in the convention room of the Hollendem
Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, July 3 at nine o’clock.
UTW President Anthony Val
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Guild In New
New York (LPA)—Management
of the World-Telegram & Sun
double-crossed union negotiators
by using private contract talks for
strike-breaking purposes, the union
has charged. Jay Nelson Tuck,
president of the New York News
paper Guild, called it “the phon
iest deal in the long history of
phony negotiations for a new con
The W-T & S unit of the Guild
has been on strike since June 13,
and the Scripps-Howard afternoon
daily has not published since, be
cause members of the mechanical
union have refused to cross the
picket line.
Tuck charged that management
representatives spread the word to
pickets that they were prepared to
offer a contract that they believed
would settle the strike, and the
city editor indicated he expected
the strike to end that night so the
staff could return to work the next
day. At that very time, Tuck said,
the union waa meeting with man
agement, “whjch had no offer, of.
any kind to make, arid never didj
$2.00 PER YEAR
President James M. Duffy, Secretary-Treasurer Chas. F. Jordan,-
rresiuent wameg m. uuiiy, secretary-treasurer Chas. r. Jordan,
Third Vice President James Slaven, Sixth Vice President Frank Dales,'
Seventh Vice President T. J. Desmond and Eighth Vice President
Joshua Chadwick, the western members of the Executive Board, left
Wednesday for three days of pre-convention sessions, Thursday, Friday
and Saturday. They will be met at convention headquarters in the
Hollenden Hotel by First Vice President E. L. Wheatley, Fourth Vice ■.
—President Chas. Zimmer and Fifth
Local No. 161 Lists
Officers, Committees
New Castle, Pa.—At tRe last
regular meeting of Local Union
161, Refractories, on June 21, the
following officers were elected for
the new term: John Banko, pres
ident Nick Beres, vice president.
James Barber, recording secretary
George Schmidt, financial secre
tary Michael Mescall, defense col
The new shop committee com
prises John Emery, kiln room Al
fred Donahey, casting department
Nick Beres, finishing department
Phillip Cranem ram department.
—O.C. 161
Vice President Arthur Devlin, all
of Trenton, and Second Vice Pres
ident Frank Hull of .Huntington
Park, Calif.
Many important problems con
fronting ,the trade will be consider
ed at the board sessions and they
hope to conclude their business
sessions before the opening of the
convention Monday morning, July
The main order of business
the meeting of Local Union No. 12
on June 26 was the election of of
ficers for the new term. A good
size slate made up the ballot and
after the votes were tabulated the
following were declared winners
for the respective offices:
As in former years, a majority
of delegates to this year’s conven
tion will make the trip by auto
mobile and will leave over the
week-end for the Ohio city.
168 resolutions are in the print
ed program to be brought to the
floor of the convention. These re
solutions have been thoroughly
discussed in local meetings where
delegates have lean the senti
ment of the group they represent.
As has been the custom, the con
vention will open with prayer, fol
lowed by group singing which has
become very popular for the past
several years. The initial session
will be given almost entirely to
the official welcoming of the dele-,
ghtes by the president, the naming '54"-"'1
of various committees and thety,-^
reading of the officers’ report by
vice presidents E. L. Wheatley,
Frank Hull and secretary-treasur
er Chas. F. Jordan.
New Orleans, La.—Officers of
Local Union 220 elected for the
new term were installed at the last
meeting and are as follows: Daniel
W. Dodge, president John S. Dun
can, vice president Philip J. Har
gis, recording secretary Tom P.
Spence, financial secretary Car
mello L. Sperry, defense fund sec
retary Andrew J. Englade, sta
tistician Lytel Kermit, inspector
Grady Woods, sargent-at-arms.
Charged By
York Strike
make an offer on anything.”
“This is one of the oldest tactics
in the strike-busting business”,
said Tuck, “to build up the strik
er’s expectations, and then yank
the carpet out from under him.’”
The Guild announced that John
L. Lewis, head of the United Mine
Workers, has pledged $26,600 in
four weekly installments, and that
Walter P. Reuther, president of
the United Auto Workers has
pledged moral and financial aid.
The Steelworkers already have sent
As a public service, the union
launched a 15-minute “Seven Star
Final” daily radio program the
evening of June 23, to give the
public the news and features they
are missing while the paper is
The u bl i s e ris Association,
which recently rejected a proposal
for joint negotiations by all the
newspaper unions, acted jointly in
sending a letter to all the mechan
ical unions asking their members
to cross the picket line and return
to work.

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