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VOL. XLIV, NO. 46
83% of Workers
Favored Unions In
NLRB Elections
Washington (LPA)—The figures
disprove the argument of labor
foes who say workers join unions
only under compulsion. Between
June 1949 and June 1950, 789,867
workers voted on whether or not
they wanted to belong to a union.
Of those, 653,753 decided they did.
That was 83 percent, compared
with 73 percent the year before.
Those are figures from the 15th
annual report of the National
Labor Relations Board, and are for
the 5731 representation elections
involving 8Q9,848 employes. The
year before there were 5646 elec
tions, involving 607,534 employes.
The unions did right well in
union shop authorization elections.
A majority of employes in units
totaling 1,045,162 employes voted
to authorize their unions to nego
tjate union shop contracts. This
Aft was 98 percent of the employes in
volved in such polls.
AFL unions won 3231 such polls,
for 307,823 employes, and lost 153.
CIO unions won 1192, covering
575,187, and lost 31 polls. Unaffil
iated unions won 954, for 162,152
employes, lost 30 polls.
The three-year score on union
shop polls, covering 38,263 polls
involving 4,659,162 employes shows
victory for the unions
cent.
Of the 30 injunctions sought, 28
were against unions, all but four
involving secondary boycott cases.
,«■ 4Tk Of the 28, courts granted 14, de
v^Pliied 4. Three were settled, one
withdrawn, and six were still
pending. Of the two against em
ployers, one was granted, the other
case settled.
Army May Take
Over Wool Mills
o
Boston (LPA)—As the Army
hinted at seizure of the nation’s
woolen mills where 70,000 Textile
Workers have been on strike since
Feb. 16, more than 200,000 cotton
and rayon weavers who are mem
bers of the same union prepared to
strike March 15.
Emil Rieve, TWUA president,
“flatly and categorically” rejected
management proposals to extend
the present cotton-rayon contract
three months. Rieve said if no
agreement is reached by March 11
workers will hold mass meetings
to take strike votes.
The Army intervention was sig
nalled in telegrams from Frank
Pace, Jr., Secretary of the Army,
to Rieve and the American Woolen
Co., largest firm in the industry
and wage pace-setter.
Pace said the strike at 160 wool
en mills, mostly in New England
and the Middle Atlantic states,
I (Tun to Pate Three}
XXBftAftlAM. A. F. OF U
A« r. OF L. BBUNM
AFL Labor News Service
International Labor News Service
and Labor Press Association, Inc.
in 97 per-
number of
bargaining
11 percent
During the year the
petitions for collective
elections increased
petitions filed by employers in
creased 44 percent employes eli
gible to vote increased 48 percent
average number of employes in
voting units expanded 46 percent.
Labor organizations won 74 per
cent of the elections, against 70
percent in 1949.
The number of formal complaints
issued by the General Counsel in
creased 15 percent. The number of
employes reinstated to their jobs
went up 45 percent the amountof
money awarded to employes in
creased by 78 percent, with $1,
090,280 awarded to 2272 employes.
AFL Union Label Show To
Feature Unique Displays
The AFL Union Industries Show
is a super-exhibition where union
made goods are displayed and
union services are demonstrated in
elaborately decorated booths. In
many display areas there are “live”
exhibits such as the Potters’
display where union artisans actu
ally make the products which made
America famous throughout the
world.
In other words, all things that
are made and services that are
manned by highly-skilled, AFL
craftsmen are exhibited in the
unique displays. The purpose of a
Union Industries Show is to pro
mote the sale of those union-made
goods and the use of those union
services as well as to publicize
Union Labels, Shop Cards and But
tons. It is a superb example of
labor-management cooperation and
good-will building for both union
employes and union employers.
Manufacturers of nationally
known products as well as unions
will have many animated exhibits
at Chicago which are certain to
prove highly popular with the
spectators. In addition, there will
BROUN AWARD WINNER
Leonard Jackson, winner of the
1950 Heywood Broun Award for
his series tn the Bay City (Mich.)
Times exposing the conditions un
der which Puerto Ricans harvest
ed Michigan’s beet sugar crop. The
award is given annually by the
Newspaper Guild.
Wholesale Index
On Food Prices
Goes Up Again
New York (LPA)—The whole
sale food price index compiled by
Dun & Bradstreet has resumed its
forward march. For the week end
ed March 6, it was up 2 cents to
$7.27, only 9 cents under the all
time high reached July 13, 1948.
The index was 22 percent above
the pre-Korean level, and 24.3 per
cent above a year ago. The index
represents the total of the price
per pound of 31 foods in general
use.
While Price Stabilizer DiSalle
was saying in Washington that he
“hoped” the cost of living would
level off before mid-summer, in
Houston the president of Federat
ed Stores said the general level of
retail prices would not rise more
than 3 to 5 percent in the next few
months. DiSalle admitted that the
absence of rent control in 20 states
“presents a serious problem in the
over-all cost of living.”
DiSalle is thinking of ordering
auto dealers to absorb some or all
of the 3ti percent price increase
granted auto makers March 1.
Meanwhile the Senate Agricul
ture Committee said its study
shows that “the farmer is not the
gouger he was painted to be.” The
farmer’s net income has gone
down, said the committee. It’s the
middlemen—the processors and re
tailers—who are getting the food
price
Allen
study showed that if all farm
prices moved up to their parity
levels—and until such prices do
they cannot be controlled—the cost
of living index would go up 1.4
percent. But not all food prices are
likely to reach their parity levels,
the committee said.
markups, says Chairman
J. Ellender (D, La.). The
The long-forecast order on a cut
back in use of steel for autos and
consumer durable goods came
March 7, from the National Pro
duction Authority. Effective April
1. the cutback is 20 percent. Manly
Fleischmann, NPA administrator,
said
tion
high
cord
that despite the cuts produc
will continue “at a relatively
rate,” since it has been at re
rates in the past few years.
Mexico Plans Price Control Agency
Mexico City (LPA)—The Mexi
can government will soon set up a
price control agency, with price
ceilings on essential goods.
be many jqjnt displays sponsored
by both union labor and manage
ment.
Our 1951 AFL Union Industries
Show will have several surprise
features. One innovation will be a
series of dramatic, moving tableaus
of pageantry chronologically de
picting the formation of the Am
erican Federation of Labor and the
important part the A. F. of L. has
played in the unparalleled achieve
ments of our nation.
The Treasury Department, the
Department of Labor and other
governmental agencies will have
exhibits of their services to the
public. The Department of Defense
is making available extensive dis
plays for both indoor and out-of
door exhibits at Soldier Field.
Officials of the Union Label
Trades Department of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, which
sponsors the Show, desire to make
the event in May not only an out
standing example of labor-manage
ment cooperation in our democracy
but also a momentous demonstra
tion of our industrial production of
the defease of America.
Ex-Treasurer Of
LU 183 Jailed For
Union Fund Theft
Los Angeles, Calif. Pleading
guilty to a theft of union funds,
Stanley A. Lyle, ex-treasurer of
Local Union 183 has been sentenced
to a year in jail by Judge Clement
D. Nye of Superior Court.
Employed as an apprentice kiln
placer at the Santa Anita Pottery
Company, Mr. Lyle was treasurer
of Local Union 183 and represent
ed his local at the 1949 convention.
The shortage was discovered
when Mr. Lyle left the trade and
an audit was made of the union’s
books. The auditing committee im
mediately got in touch with offi
cials of the Bank of America and
discovered Mr. Lyle had made a
deposit of $12.00 but had altered
the b*ank book record by insterting
the numeral 9 before the actual
amount deposited, making a $900
shortage.
The president of Local 183 im
mediately tried to locate Mr. Lyle
and found out he had left town.
Later it was learned from a repre
sentative of the Machinists’ union
of which he was a former member,
that he was working at that trade
in Wichita, Kansas.
A warrant was issued for hiS
arrest and he was brought back to
California to face charges. While
he was waiting trial, Second Vice
President Frank Hull visited Mr.
Lyle in his cell and did everything
possible in the interests of Lyle
making restitution and avoiding a
jail sentence. This he was unable
to do and the jail sentence follow
ed.
addition to the jail sentence,
In addition to the jail sentence,
Lyle was placed on probation for
five
restitution of the funds and that
he refrain from accepting any
elective or appointive post in a
labor union. —O.C. 183
years on condition he make
Fringe Firms At
Atomic Plants
Are Under NLRB
Richland, Wash. (LPA) t— Any
business licensed to operate on an
atomic energy reservation comes
under the jurisdiction of the Na
tional Labor Relations Board.
That unanimous decision was
made by the board in a case invol
ving Richland Laundry & Dry
Cleaners and Local 197, AFL Laun
dry and Dry Cleaners. Both the
company and union disputed
NLRB’s jurisdiction.
The laundry, located on the Gov
ernment’s residential area for
workers employed in the Hanford
atomic energy project, entered into
a closed-shop agreement with the
union before the union actually
represented a majority, according
to the NLRB. Five workers were
then discharged because they re
fused to join the union.
NLRB has directed the rehiring
of the five with back pay, dissolv
ing of the contract, and no bargain
ing until the union wins an NLRB
election.
The cleaning firm, a subsidiary
of General Electric Co. which is in
charge of the atomic plant, claim
ed it did only local business and
was therefore not subject to NLRB
regulations which apply only to
firms engaged in interstate com
merce.
The Board asserted jurisdiction
under a provision of the Taft
Hartley act which gives it juris
diction over companies “identified
with the national defense.” This
broadened an earlier ruling estab
lishing jurisdiction over operations
“substantially affecting national
defense.”
McCarthy
pays state tax
Appleton, Wis. (LPA)—What’s
$139.97 to a busy man! Sen. Joseph
R. McCarthy sent a check for that
sum to the tax office here to cover
an assessment for unpaid 1949
state income taxes. He said the
charge was illegal but that he was
too busy to appeal.
The check brought McCarthy up
to date on his state taxes, it is be
lieved. But it doesn’t explain how
an Appleton bank happened to lend
the virtually property less Senator
amounts believed to total around
$300,000. What keeps McCarthy’s
taxes down is the interest he de
ducts from his income as a busi
ness expense.
NOTICE LOCAL 130
All members are urged to
attend meeting on March 23.
Your last opportunity to vote
on a resolution proposing a
change in our by-laws.
•'•RIH
Slje J? otters Jlerold
EAST LIVERPOOL, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH
CONSUMERS’ STRIKE—Sirloin steak was cut 20 cents a pound
New York city supermarkets after the choice cuts started piling up
in l._.. —r-------------
following a “buying strike” by housewives. The strike was not organ
ized, merely the outcome of skyrocketing prices which so outstripped
wages that people just couldn’t afford steak out of their bread-and
beans paychecks.
DRAFT REJECTION RATES SHOWS
NEED FOR US AID TO EDUCATION
Washington (LPA)—Sen. Lister*—
Hill (D, Ala.) finds strong evid
ence of the need for federal hid
to education in a study he made
recently of draft rejection rates in
the post-war period. Lack of such
aid is weakening our military de
fense, he concludes.
The rejection rate since the Sel
ective Service Act of September
1948 has been 46 percent in the
19 through 25 age group, the Sen
ator says. The rejection rate in the
18 through 25 group during World
War II was only 26 percent.
The rejection rate has fallen to
37 percent since Korea, Hill says,
but points out that “few, if any,
previously rejected” men are in
cluded in the figure. “The rate of
rejection since Korea, which cov
ers only
group, is higher than the rate of
rejection” for the 18 through 44
group in World War II. Moreover,
he insists, the higher mental and
physical standards now being ap
plied “cannot account for the total
increase” in the rate. The 37 per
cent post-Korean rate is still Well
in excess of the World War II
rates, he emphasizes.
the 19 through 25 age
Here’s what the figures show,i
according to Hill
Since September 1948, 906,843
men (equal to more than 50 in
fantry divisions) have been unfit
for service. Of these, local draft
boards rejected 313,595 for such
reasons as obvious physical de
fects, obvious mental disability—
and complete illiteracy. Another
103,483 were rejected after draft
board medical interviews. The
Army itself turned down another
481,315 at pre-induction physical
and mental examinations—and bar
red an additional 8450 for “last
minute” reasons.
Of the 481,315 turned down at
pre-induction examinations, 12,032
were for such administrative rea
(Tun to Pate Three}
HIGH LIQUOR TAXES
BRING BOOTLEGGING
Albany (LPA)—The New York
State Liquor* Authority doesn’t
think much of the proposed Fed­
eral increase in liquor taxes.
Asserting that bootleg produc
tion already exceeds legitimate
output, John F. O’Connell, chair
man of the Authority, says a boost
from $9 to $12-a-gallon tax would
“price legal liquor out of the mar
ket and open the gates to bootleg
ging on a scale not witnessed since
Prohibition.”
Before the war the tax was $3 a
gallon $6 was added in wartime,
was supposed to be dropped six
months after hostilities stopped.
It wasn’t, and consumption of legal
booze has dropped off 26 percent
since V-J day. O’Connell believes
people are not drinking less, just
getting it from bootleggers.
NOTICE JIGGERMEN
All members who are behind
in their dues must clear up
their arrearage by our next
meeting on March 27 or they
will be suspended.
Says Publishers
Helped Create
Paper Shortage
The publishers’ practices during
the depression forced many paper
companies into bankruptcy and
frightened away investors who
might have put money into new
construction, said Phillips. “The
sorry condition of the industry
meant nothing to the publishers
as long as they could buy paper at
their own price,” Phillips added.
“Now the chickens have come home
to roost,” he said, and the publish
ers are directing attention away
from their own mistakes and using
the manufacturers “as the villains
in the script.”
He took issue with the Ameri
can Newspaper Guild, which has
criticized manufacturers for not
expanding. He could not condemn
the manufacturers, said Phillips,
for not putting more money into
plant and equipment “when no one
else is willing to put money in such
projects.”
Phillips promised labor editors
to add his union’s voice to theirs
“in trying to persuade the manu
facturers to allocate more news
print for the labor press, although
I am by no means certain we can
aid you.”
GM 1950 Profits
Up 27 Per Cent
New York (LPA) General
Motors Corp, sold more goods and
made more profits in 1950 than any
other corporation in the history of
the United States. Sales were $7,
531,086,846. Production was 38 per
cent over 1949. Profits were $834,
044,039, up 27 percent over 1949,
when GM set the previous all-time
record for corporations. Net work
ing capital increased from $1,
265.916,125 in 1949 to $1,506,256.
144 in 1950.
GM produced 3,653,358 cars and
trucks against 2,672,894 in 1949.
Including sales from plants in Can
ada and overseas, total GM sales
were 3,992,298 against 2,896,348 in
1949.
GM payrolls totaled $1,809,218,
043 for approximately 465,000 em
ployes. The annual report noted
that the 1950 profits “were earned
in a year of exceptionally high
volume”, pointing out that in such
years “profits rise more sharply
than do sales,” whereas in years
of poor volume “profits fall more
sharply than do sales.” The report
declared that of each sales dollar
GM got, 46.75 cents went to sup
(Tun to Pat' Three}
NOTICE L. U. 195
Polls will be open from 1
p. m. until close of meeting on
March 21, for primary elec
tion of national officials.
15, 1951
Albany, NY (LPA)-»-The news
paper publishers, not the news
print manufacturers, are respon
sible for the current shortage ofi
newsprint. So declared Paul L.
Phillips, president of the AFL
Brotherhood of Paper Makers, in
the current issue of the union’s
monthly, the Paper Maker.
:e
Actually, the picture isn’t qi
so bad, the Senator admits. A
large number of men previously
classified 4-F were “rescreened”
and some of them were actually
rejected twice. Nevertheless, he
says that “there is a diat(ic$|y
greater percentage of rejections tn
the post-war period, pointing to the
fact that our human resources for
national defense are less adequate
than they were during the war it
self.”
Phillips’ charge was in reply to
R. A. Olson, president of the
Minnesota Federation of Labor,
who had asked the Paper Makers*
help in getting newsprint for
Minnesota labor papers.
Resolutions, Not
Suggestions, O.C.
Informs Members
The writer has heard so many
members of Local Union 86 com
plain of cordit?ons in the trade and
what should be done to correct
them that he is at loss to under
stand why there has not been any
resolutions brought to local, to
bring about a change.
Brothers, now is the time to do
your talking when it will count
most. Any changes in working con
ditions to the present agreement,
must be made through the proper
channels. The first step is intro
ducing resolutions at national con
vention, then if approved, the pro
posals will be carried on to the
wage conference for discussion in
drawing up a new agreement be
tween the L’.B.P.A. and the N. B.
of 0. P.
There is still time to hand in
resolutions to come before this
year’s convention, but you must get
them in right away. All resolutions
must be discussed and approved
by the local before they are for
warded to headquarters. The dead
line for receiving resolutions at
headquarters is May 1.
A dispute in the decorated ware
house *at the Edwin M. Knowles
China Co. was turned over to head
quarters. President Duffy took the
matter up with the firm and we
hope everything will work out sat
isfactorily.
Our thanks to President Duffy
for what he has done for us in the
past and we take this ieans of ex
pressing our sincere thanks to him.
Bros. Clayton Barrett and Sam
Hannum were reported on the sick,
list. We wish both a speedy recov
ery from their illness.
Shop Committees were instruct
ed when registering complaints to
the local, it is there duty to fur
nish all the particulars in the case.
One new member was added to
the roll and one dropped for non
payment of dues. —O.C. 86
Mediation Board
Window Dressing
In Rail Dispute
Washington (LPA) The Na
tional Mediation Board is a “win
dow-dressing institution that ac
complishes no real good,” in rail
road disputes, according to Sen.
Wayne Morse (R, Ore.).
During a Senate Labor Commit
tee hearing into the dragged-out
negotiations between the four op
erating Railroad Brotherhoods and
the 195 Class I railroads, Morse
said the board’s record of “so many
failures” did nothing but “get the
disputes into the White House—
where they had no right to be in
the first place.” He declared he
could not see “how we can afford
to keep on the books very much
longer a board that has cost the
taxpayers so many thousands of
dollars. Under the law, the board
has become merely a token step
in settling disputes. Weaknesses of
the act make it impossible to settle
things before they get to the Pres
ident or his representative," Morse
said.
The committee listened to Board
Chairman John Thad Scott, Jr. give
a detailed recital of the negotia
tions between carriers and the bro
therhoods which started in March
1949.
Retracts Slurs On
Eleanor Roosevelt
Washington (LPA)—Rep. Har
old H. Velde (R, Ill.) practically
washed his mouth out with soap in
public the other day.
On March 6, in a statement on
a recent book about the capital,
Velde said “The influence of Elean
or Roosevelt in the promotion of
communism, of immorality and in
decency among so-called minority
groups in Washington should be
explored.”
This was too much for Mrs. Reva
Beck Bosone (D, Utah). Two days
later she denounced Velde’s action,
saying “character assassination is
far worse than murder”, and call
ed Mrs. Roosevelt, widow of the
late President, one of the greatest
women in American history. Rep.
John McCormack (D, Mass.), maj
ority leader, later joined the at
tack on Velde.
Finally Velde asked that his ref
erence to Mrs. Roosevelt be re
moved from the Congressional Re
cord. Mrs. Bosone then said she
wanted her remarks about Velde
expunged. McCormack compliment
ed both.
imi
You dial Sterling 4200. The girl
says “Economic Stabilization.” You
say “Extension 3908, please.” When
you get the extension you ask for
Mr. Cohn. Another girl says “I’ll
get him for you.” No trouble at all.
Seems he has a desk there.
Mr. Cohn’s a little touchy about
the situation when reporters ask
him questions. His Meat Institute
is composed of pork packers and
processors frn New York City
and northern New Jersey. He says:
“It’s handy, you know. I’m right
here in the OPS Meat Division and
whenever they want to know any
thing about pork I can tell them."
He stresses that he doesn’t have
the same desk all the time and!
doesn’t have a private extension.
He suggests that he’s just doing his
patriotic duty—right in the Meat
Division, two or three days a week.
So, if anybody has any questions
about the price of pure pork saus
age ....
1AM Wins Raise
In First Pact At
Republic Aviation
Farmingdale, N. Y. (LPA)
Non-members are flocking to join
Lodge 1987 of the International
Association of Machinists as a re
sult of the contract obtained by
the union with the Republic Avia
tion Corp., the first labor agree
ment in the company’s history.
The contract calls for a 15-cent
increase across the board for 6000
employes, seven paid holidays, a
company-paid health and welfare1
plan, wage reimbursement for time
spent on jury duty, five days sick
leave, a 10-pereent night-shift
bonus, union-tailored seniority and
grievance rules, union security in
the form of expanded maintenance
of membership.
The union was certified as bar
gaining agent last November after
an election conducted by the Na
tional Labor Relations Board. The
election victory was the culmina
tion of a two-year organizing cam
paign, but some Republic employes
still held back to see what would
happen.
“Now that our first contract has
been signed with Republic,” says
IAM Grand Lodge Representative
Martin J. Buckley, “we are well on
Owned, Controlled and Published
by the National Brotherhood Qt
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Operative Pottera
Government Has Failed To
Fight Inflation Says AFL
Chief In Radio Address
Washington (LPA)—Every housewife knows “The government ha»
failed utterly in the fight against inflation,” AFL President William
Green said in a /ionwide address, March 8.
Green’s spet.i was the fourth of a series of radio talks by mem
bers of the United Labor Policy Committee on the issues involved in
labor’s withdrawal of its reprei- rtatives from defense agenciw.
“Prices are still going up ur.d up and up,” the veteran labor leader
declared. “The cost of living, even as measured by the conservative of
ficial in x, keeps clin */ng higher and higher. The value of the dollar
is shrinking rapidly ev«ry day.
Washington (LPA) —Joseph
Cohn, attorney and representative
for the Meat Trade Institute, keeps
pretty close to the Meat Division
of the Office of Price Stabilization.
This close, in fact:
Labor Wants Posts Equal
With Industry In Program
Washington (LPA)—While mo
bilization czar Charles E. Wilson
was popping off in Florida March
6, a top labor leader was telling
reporters here exactly the role
labor wants in the defense pro
gram.
In Key West, Wilson said neith
er he nor President Truman knew
w’hat all the shooting was about.
He was referring to labor’s with
drawal from all mobilization posts
because they amounted to no more
than “window dressing.”
In Washington, the labor leader
said labor probably would return
to the suspended Wage Stabiliza
tion Board if five conditions were
met. He also said labor wanted a
position co-equal with that of in
dustry at all levels of the mobiliza
tion program.
Spelled out, this didn’t mean a
“co-Wilson,” the labor leader de
clared. But it did mean a ‘Co-Clay”
and a “Co-Weinberg.” Reference
was to Wilson’s top deputies, Gen.
Lucius Clay and Sidney Weinberg,
both of whom are from private in
dustry. Moreover, a labor man at
the “co-Clay” level must be listen-'
$2.00 PER YEAR
These are immediate and alarming
4 symptoms of inflation. The plain
people of. this country are being
hurt by it. Millions of Americans
who must depend on wages for
their living, and others dependent
upon fixed incomes such as pen
sions, are being victimized. The
government has repeatedly promis
ed them that it will hold the line.
-I
Legal Counsel For
Meat Industry
Has Besk At OPS
It has not done so.”
Congress betrayed the public in
terest last year by adopting a “so
called price control law which made
it imp .ble to control food prices”
which amount to 40 percent of the
average family budget, Green said.
He p‘ nted out that the control law
is scr.cduled to expire June 30 and
chided the Administration for hav
ing failed to urge Congress to en
act a stronger measure or to urge
the public to demand a better one.
Actually, he said, government
policy “is playing right into the
hands of the profiteers.” To sup
port his point, he said prices were
n’t frozen until they reached an
all-time peak at the end of Janu
ary. Then, he said, the freeze was
revoked a month later when 200,
000 retail stores were authorized
to pass on their increased costs
plus their established percentage
profit margin to consumers. To cap
matters, profit margins of Feb. 24
were allowed although some mer
chants “undoubtedly” upped their
profit margins between the Jan. 25
“freeze” ’and the Feb 25 “thaw.”
Green said this was “one of the
reasons why labor regards the new
price order as legalized robbery of
the consumer.”
Trouble is, Green told hfs radio
audience, ‘“Hie nation’s whole de
fense mobilization program, from
top to bottom, is staffed by the
representatives of big business
chiefly concerned, not with protect
ing the public, but with satisfying
business. Not a word of complaint
has been uttered against the price
order by the National Association
of Manufacturers, the Chamber of
Commerce or the various trade as
sociations. Not a single critical
statement has been voiced by such
inveterate enemies of real price
control as Senators Taft, Capehart,
Byrd and Wherry. Their silence is
an eloquent testimonial to the fact
that the public is getting price con
trol in name only.”
If any government leaders wond
er why organised labor is “disturb
ed about the conduct of the defense
stabilization program, here is the
first and most important answer—
high prices,” Green said. His refer
ence to government leaders was a
thrust at mobilization czar Charles
E. Wilson, who said he and Pres
ident Truman didn’t know what “all
the shooting was about” in com
menting on labor’s withdrawal
from mobilization posts.
The second answer was lack of
an effective rent control law, Green
continued. The third was the freez
ing of wages at early 1950 levels
when, “Nothing else in the economy
has been frozen.” The fourth was
taxes. He said “the plain people”
are willing to pay their share of
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ed to, must be able to speak with
authority. He mustn’t be given an
office near Wilson’s just to dress
up the program.
For participation in a reconsti
tuted Wage Stabilization Board,
the labor leader said labor would
want:
1) Allowance for “deferred in
creases” beyond the permissible
percentage when they have already
been negotiated. (This in addition
to free operation of escalator
clauses which economic stabilizer
Eric Johnston already had auth
orized. (2) Increases to correct
undue or unusual hardships, in
equities and substandard situa
tions. (3) Fringe issues should not
charged against the permissible
increase and in return should be
kept within the pattern established
in the industry or area. (4) The
percentage of increase permissible
should be adjusted to accord with
changes in the index of living costs
—probably on a quarterly basis.
Wage increases wouldn’t be auto
matic, would have to be negotiat
ed. (5) The Wage Stabilization
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