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Appoint Labor People To High Offices
In Defense Agencies, President Urged
Washington, D, C. (ILNS).
The National Assembly for the
Advancement of Public Relations
has called upon Presideht Truman
to "start appointing able labor
people to United States ambassad
orships and to top offices in all
the new defense mobilization set
7 In a letter to the President, the
group whose chief purpose is to
promote the use of public relations
in the national interest said:
"The United States can greatly
improve its public relations abroad
by appointing qualified persons
drawh from labor and sympathetic
to labor to ambassadorships around
the globe, and in particular to such
countries as Britain, Norway,
Argentina and India, instead of
continuing the undesirable practice
of naming the type of ambassador
that makes wonderful propaganda
material for communists and others
unfriendly to the United States.
Fat Cat Not Representative
"The mere fact that a person
has been a corporation president,
is a lavish party giver for the so
called 400 or has contributed a
large sum to the campaign coffers
is anything but a sufficient reason,
under today’s critical conditions,
for naming that person as the rep
resentative of the people of the
United States in other lands.
"These fat cats are not truly rep
resentative of the U. S. and its
people. Many of the governments
abroad today are labor govern
ments. Corporation presidents and
persons whose only assets are cash
and the fact that they have given
many delightful parties in Wash
ington do not have what is needed
to represent us abroad.”
The assembly further told the
Many Able Labor People
“In these critical times, the
United States must always be high
ly conscious of the urgency of
practicing successful public rela
tions internationally. To do this,
we strongly recommend a complete
new deal in the appointments of
envoys to foreign countries.
"There are a number of very able
tabor people who have already had
experience in dealings with other
peoples, aild we believe you would
do very well to appoint them as our
"Just to name a few of these
well-qualified labor people who
would enable us to put our best
foot forward and gain friends foi
the United states in other lands:
Clinton Golden, Bert M. Jewell
Boris Shishkin, Irving Brown, Rich
ard Deverall, Serafino Romualdi
Elmer Cope, Paul Porter, Nelsoi
Cruikshank and Harry Martin. Peo
pie like these will do us a world
of good for the reason that they
are Americans who put people
human values—first.
“Similarly, it is high time that
good labor people wore named
top office* in the new defense mo
bilization setups here at home. Up
to now, it has been obvious that
management people have been
named in the ratio of at least
/rom management to 1 from labor
Ratio to Increase
"And now the country is tol!
that corporation executives are
going to be brought to Washington
in additional legions and put to
work without compensation, which
means they will still be on the pay
rolls of their corporations and will
naturally serve the interests of
those who pay them, rather than
those of the government and the
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In conclusion the assembly said:
“We are firmly convinced that
your appointment of able labor
people to ambassadorships and also
to. many top offices in the various
defense agencies (rather than the
present mere window dressing
which means nothing and fools no
one) would be very much in the
national interest.”
US Moves Nearer
Wartime Economy
Says Symington
Washington (LPA)—W. Stuart
Symington, head of the National
Security Resources Board, told a
closed meeting of industry, labor
and farm leaders our economy is
moving from “a light gray to a
dark gray mobilization.”
One day later the grayness be
came a shade darker as President
Truman, in a special message to
Congress, asked for $17,978,247,000
to expand armed forces, armament
and atomic weapon production.
But at the White House confer
ence preceding Truman’s request
to Congress, there was no talk of
price controls, according to Chair
man Vinson of the House Armed
Services Committee. The extra
spending, said Vinson, would not
throw our economy out of gear,
"uf course our economy can ab
sorb this—and a great deal more
if necessary,” he said. Vice-Pres
ident Barkley declared the increas
ed military spending program was
planned to have as little effect as
possible on the civilian economy.
Truman said the program he ask
ed was “a matter of great urgency,
which can be understood and evalu
ated only against the background
of present critical world conditions.
These funds are needed to support
our part in the United Nations
military action in Korea, and to in
crease the size and readiness of our
armed forces should action become
necessary in other parts of the
He asked $16,844,247,000 for thl
armed forces $1,050,000,000 for
the’atomic energy commission 84,
000,000 for TV A, which supplies
the power for the atomic energy
plant at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Of the sum for the military, $9,
10,865,000 is for the army $2,979,
371,000 for the navy $4,603,011,000
for the air force, and $51,000,000
ror the office of the Secretary of
Major item in the military ap
propriation is $4,3’00,000,000 for
l.anks, guns, and other army ordn
ince $1,500,000,000 for army food
ind clothing $2,115,000,000 for
nore planes $700,000,000 for navy
immunition and other ordnance
$335,000,000 for naval ship con
struction $380,000,000 for opera
tion of naval ships and facilities
$290,000,000 for the Marine Corps
ind $580,000,000 for airforce pro
curement other than planes.
The armed forces will be built up
from the present 2,100,000 to 2,
700,000 or 3,000,000. The Defense
Department has asked Selective
Service to call 50,000 draftees dur
ing February for the Army.
Stamford, Cinn. (LPA)—Each of
the 175 employes of the Plastic
Manufacturing Co. will get a paid
holiday on his birthday. That is
one of the clauses in a new con
tract obtained by the Chemical
Workers. Other terms: $10 bonus
on each anniversary of employ
ment a 10-cent general increase
seven holidays. Retroactive to Nov.
20, the contract expires in March
(X-Ray Fitting)
East Sixth Street
5 Per Cent Monthly Reduction
The Potters Savings & Loan Co.
ZHKS. W. HENDERSHOT, Vice President
IOS. M. BLAZER, Treasurer W. E. DUNLAP, Ir., Attorney
Republic Steel Corp, at Cleveland
then announced it had made a sim
ilar wage offer to the union, to
cover 65,000 employes. At the same
time Republic announced “appro
priate price increases will be made,
effective midnight tonight.” Other
steelmakers were expected to fol
low suit, which would mean in
crease for 1,000,000 in the industry.
The agreement boosted the basic
steel wage from $1.18‘A cents an
hour to $1.31. Workers in class 32,
the top group, moved from $2.58 to
$2.86. The agreement also reduced
differentials between southern and
northern steel wages from 14’/a
cents to 4JA cents, providing a gen
eral increase of 20lA cents, and
ranging from 17 to 32‘A cents for
employes of Tennessee Coal, Iron
& Railroad Co., a US Steel subsi
The wage policy committee, in a
resolution approving the settle
ment, instructed the various other
negotiating committees "to resume
collective bargaining conferences
for the application of the general
16 cents an hour wage increase
and, where appropriate, the addi
tional 4’A cents per hour increase
to eliminate differentials.”
The "fifth round” wage increase
was negotiated under a reopening
clause of the contract signed last
year. The contract duration re
mains unchanged, continuing with
out other changes to Dec. 31, 1951.
The company did not need to con
sider a wage increase effective be
fore Jan. 1, but did so at the re
quest of the union.
The wage-policy committee ann
ounced its acceptance after a three
hour meeting. The delay, it was re
ported, was due to a discussion of
a proposal to bring rates in alum
inum up to the steel level. Wage
rates in alunjinum are about 35
cents below steel. The Aluminum
Co. of America two months ago
offered the union a flat 10 percent
wage increase. The union accepted
the offer as "a down payment.”
US Steel estimated the cost of
the wage boost at $125,000,900 a
year, based on current tonnage, or
equal to about 5‘A percent of the
average price of steel. Benjamin
F. Fairless, LTS Steel president,
said the increase in employment
costs came to about 11 percent, and
that price increases were being an
nounced concurrently by steel sub
sidiaries. He said present steel
prices "for the most part have not
been increased since December
1949.” Ho put the price increase
at "less than three-tenths of a cent
a pound.” (Bon Fairless does not
sell steel by the pound, but by the
ton, and the increase per ton is $6.)
Fairless said the Vrice increases
reflect only the increases In em
ployment costs, looked forward to
heavy increases in other costs.
John A. Stephens, vice-president
in charge of industrial relations,
signed for the company. A photo
grapher asked Stephens to look at
the contract. Retorted Stephens:
‘It gives me a headache to look,
but 1’11 try.”
Ask for Union Labeled merchan
WINS SAFE DRIVING AWARD—Guem Royster, a member of the
A FL Teamsters Union in Los Angeles, poses proudly beside the giant
truck he drives for Pacific Mountain Express Co. Royster has been
honored with the 1950 Safe Driving Award of the American Trucking
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Steelworkers Sign With
US Steel For Wage Boost
Pittsburgh (LPA)—The United
Steelworkers and the US Steel
Corp, signed a contract Nov. 30
calling for a wage increase ranging
from 12‘A cents to 28 cents, for
155,000 production workers in six
basic companies. US Steel immedi
ately announced a price increase of
$6 a ton.
Washington (LPA)—Represent
atives of labor have joined in re
newing a campaign to close one of
the major loopholes in the anti
trust laws. The group has written
to Sen. Estes Kefauvcr (D, Tenn.)
to press for Senate passage at this
session of HR 2734, the so-called
merger bill. The bill has passed the
House and has been reported fav
orably by the Senate committee.
"At the present time with mono
poly increasing by leaps and
bounds, the need for the enactment
of HR 2734 is greater than ever
before”, the group wrote to Kef
auver. "Great corporations are se
curing control of industry after in
dustry. Little business is being put
out of business. Farmers are being
forced to pay monopoly prices and
big industry is using its enormous
economic power to take over the
entire economic life of the nation.”
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Urge Plugging
Of Loophole In
Anti-Trust Laws
Under present laws, corporations
may escape one of the main pur
poses of the Clayton anti-trust act,
by buying up the physical assets
of a corporation, even though the
efectf is to substantially lessen
competition. "Using this method of
by-passing the Clayton Act, corp
orations have, during the last 25
years, substantially weakened com
petition in hundreds of instances
where the buying of stock would
have been illegal.” the group wrote.
The appeal to Kefauver was
signed by representatives of labor,
small business, agriculture and co
operatives. The signers included
George Nelson, Machinists Don
aid Montgomery, United Auto
Workers Wallace J. Campbell, Co
operative League of USA Angus
McDonald, National Farmers
Civil Defense With
Unlimited Power Asked
Washington (LPA) Congres
has been asked by the Administra
tion to approve a civil defense
agency with almost unlimited pow
ers to prepare for foreign attack.
The group, which would be en
Cirely under civilian control with
an administrator responsible dir
ectly to President Truman, would
give funds to states for air ran.
shelters. The states would have
match Federal funds dollar for
The bill would also give the ad
ministrator a whip hand by allow
ing him to withdraw funds from
states whose plans did not med
Government approval. In addition
it would authorize pacts with Can
ada, Cuba, Mexico, and any Euro
pean possession in this hemisphere
and the establishment of an air
raid warning system.
Now, Maybe He’ll Button His Lip
St. Louis (LPA)—It was a duinh
move oh the part of Wilfred Ellen
wood, president of the Omar To:!
and Machine Co. here, when hi
stuck his teeth out at a picket.
court fined him $50 for disturbing
the peace of Hugh Harkins, strik
ing member of the Internationa!
Association of Machinists.
British Propose
Their Own Point
IV Plan For Asia
Washington (LPA) As the
threat of Communist aggression
and imperialism mounted toward a
climax, it was clear that US and
British Commonwealth 1 e a er s
were thinking along similar lines
in planning the basic counter-at
Hardly was the Gordon Gray Re
port calling for continued develop
ment of raw material resources
around the world released than
seven member countries of the Bri
tish Commonwealth of Nations
published a white paper calling for
a six-year development plan for
south and southeast Asia.
Then, as the sudden reversal in
Korea became more ominous, Pres
ident Truman on Nov. 29 urged a
speedup of efforts to “strengthen
the free world against the dangers
which confront it.” Specifically,]
Truman cited his Point Four Pro
gram as a prime antidote for Com
munism in Asia and directed the
new advisory board on internation
al development to make new recom
mendations for Point Four projects
in economically backward areas.
Said the President: “The encour
agement of economic and social
progress in the under-developed
areas is one of the most important
problems facing the free world.
This is particularly true in those
countries of Asia where the Com
munist menace is so great. There
is a direct relationship between
strengthening the under-developed
areas and strengthening the free
people of the entire world.”
The British Commonwealth pro
posals, popularly known as the
Colombo Plan, call for $5,230,400,
000 to be spent over the next six!
years. Development projects have
already been blue-printed for In
dian, Pakistan, Ceylon, Malaya,
Singapore, and British North Bor
neo. Further projects will be plan
ned for these and other Asiatic
The plan takes its name from its
place of origin, Colombo, Ceylon,
where Commonwealth cabinet min
isters met last January. It gradu
ally took shape in subsequent meet
ings in Sydney, Australia and
elsewhere. The final white-paper
report was issued by Australia,
Canada, Ceylon, India, New Zeal
and, Pakistan, and the United
Of the money total, some $2,
200,000,000 would be raised within
the Commonwealth nations. The
They Process Meat But
Can't Afford To Buy It
butchering and processing of meat] pending against the "Big Four”
"meat packers.
The union submitted a list of
suggestions for further inquiry into
meat prices. The list included a
and meat products. But often they
can’t afford meat in their homes.
They read the bosses’ ads about
that luscious bacon, and the nutri
tional value of meat, and their
mouths water—but they can’t af
ford to buy.
And that’s not all. High meat'
prices hold down the demand, thus
cut employment in their industry,
so in effect they’re working them
selves out of jobs.
That ironic situation was dis
closed in a statement filed by the
United Packinghouse Workers with
the Gillette Senate subcommittee
on Utilization of Farm Crops,
which has just completed hearings
on the meat price situation.
The prices, the union declared
“hold down the demand for meat”
and so there is no boost in live
stock production. “Such high pried
levels also operate to hold down
employment in the packing plants,”
it said. "This not only tends to re
duce the number of workers it
also is likely to reduce the hours.
—and therefore the income of
those employed.”
A so-called “free market” in
meat does not' exist, the union
statement charged. Instead there is
"a hind of rationing which is based
on ability to pay.” The situation
will not correct itself, it pointed
out, because there is lack of com
petition in the industry.
The union urged the subcommit
tee to consider the data collected
by the Department of Justice as
part of its anti-trust action now
balance would come from outside
sources, of which the principal one
probably would be the US. Pro
vision is made to coordinate the
plan with Point Four operations
and with other American and
with other American and United
Nations plans.
In the area for which the Colom
bo Plan would provide assistance
there are 570,000,000 people, of
whom about 440,000,000 live in
Commonwealth countries. The pop
ulation is expanding, but the al
ready low living standards are go
ing down because of economic un
derdevelopment, the white paper
points out.
First Colortlbo Plan targets are
to increase land under cultivation
by 13,000,000 acres, increase land
under irrigation by the same
amount, increase grain production
by 6,000,000 tons a year, and in
crease electric generating capacity
by’ more than 1,000,000 kilowatts.
suggestion that Congress look into
the possibility of a “TVA for the
packing industry,” with govern
ment loans to help farmer co-ops
go into meat packing. The union
also suggested Congress have a
look at the industry’s accounting
and pricing policies whether the
packers’ buying practices “artific
ially create” price fluctuations
whether meat storage "involves a
type of hoarding designed to en
able charging high prices” mote
effective price supports.
Hoftdrdd Pickets
Gets Relief Pay
Detroit (LPA) A non-striker
who refuses to cross a picket line
is entitled to unemployment com
pensation, says the Appeal Board
of the Michigan Unemployment
Compensation Commission.
Affirming a decision by a board
referee, it upheld the claim of
Mack D. Kent, a member of Carp
enters Local 1433-AFL, who was
employed on construction work at
the Warren plant of the DeSoto
division, Chrysler Corp., when the
United Auto Workers struck last
Jan. 25.
Kent’s employer, J. A. Utley Co.,
argued his compensation was in
valid because he refused to cross
the UAW picket line. The board
ruled that the Utley firm did not
arrange for safe passage of its
employes and that therefore Kent
had a full right to stay off the job.
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others as you would have them
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Public Included
In New Plan For
Industrial Peace
Washington (LPA)—They do the+..................................... ....... ........
Washington (LPA)—A new plan
for industrial peace was offered
here Nov. 29 by Rev. William J.
Kelley, former chairman of the N.
Y. State Labor Relations Board.
Father Kelley announced crea
tion of Industry Council Associa
tion, Inc., which will establish coun
cils in individual industries at the
“grass roots” level in which the
public will join with labor and
management in the solution of
labor problems.
He said the association will
maintain headquarters in New
York and serve as a clearing house
for information, but that it will not
interfere with the processing of
disputes. Father Kelley said the
group would be non-denomination
al, non-profit, and non-political.
The priest, who now teaches
labor relations at the Oblate Col
lege, Catholic University, said that
under his proposal both manage
ment and labor in a given industry
would select representative!? to a
local industry council. Those two
would then choose a public member
and the group would keep in con
tact throughout the year. Father
Kelley said he hopes that council
discussions will provide a better
understanding of labor problems
by the general public.
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