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Wendell Willkie
Global PoIHics
By Frank Gervati
ITT—rn n«M
(WNU Feature—Through special arrange
ment with Collier's Weekly)
Wendell Willkie’s recent visit to
the Middle East was the second of
two memorable events during the
last days of August and early Sep
tember. The first, of course, was the
defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korpi.
This, among other things, caused
stocks to rise on the Cairo Bourse.
The victory over Rommel re
moved an Immediate threat to
Egypt and at least put our side in
a position to resume the initiative—
as they say in treatises on war.
The enemy lost a considerable quan
tity of men and weapons. The myth
of Rommel's invincibility was de
stroyed in a brief hot battle which
was over almost before anybody
knew it had begun. It wai as brief
as it was hot and almost as destruc
tive to the German war machine as
a short circuit in a generator.
There’s no tendency here, how
ever, for the British to overestimate
the damage done to the Afrika Korps
or to underestimate Rommel’s abil
ity to recuperate.
Two Events Collide.
The two events—the victorious
battle and Willkie’s arrival—coincid
ed ao closely that they became con
fused. The newspaper boys hardly
had time to cover the first event
before it telescoped into the second,
and they were very busy with the
second. The blitz visit was crammed
with statements, interviews, recep
tions, appearances before still and
movie cameras, radio talks, calls
on diplomats and kings, conferences
with politicians, soldiers and more
Short as it was, the correspond
ents worked harder and longer dur
ing Willkie’s visit than at any time
while away from the fighting front.
Willkie shook up their livers.
He sassed the censors, made for
mal diplomatic calls in a lounge
suit instead of the sacred striped
pants end tail eoat at tradition.
Home or
He managed to Impart to nearly ev
erything he did an atmosphere of
clambake. Censorship, motivated
by the sheer necessity for keeping
Berlin in the dark as to Willkie’s
views about political and military af
fairs in the Middle East, prevented
details of his visit from becoming
known. This article is an attempt
to supply some of those missing de
In any other setting, the breezy
politician might have seemed a
heroic figure, remarkable for his
frankneis and sincerity. In the Mid
dle East, however, with its tradi
tions of reticence, its conrpunctions
of secrecy in political and military
matters, Willkie’s act didn’t quite
come off. He was usually out of
character and seemed, most of the
time, a huge and handsome bull in
a store full of porcelain images.
Every time he moved, you wanted
to warn him that he might break
Willkie, Image Breaker.
He did some good but he also broke
a few images. The damage oc
curred despite the presence in his
cruise crew of Joseph Barnes, soft
spoken former newspaper man who
now is an official in the Office of
War Information. Joe was the con
science of the party, a small voice
which kept saying: "Be careful,
Wendell! Somebody might be try
ing to sell you a bill of goods. Watch
what you say and remember this is
a British battlefield and they are the
bosses here.”
Calls on King Farouk.
He didn’t prevent Willkie, how
ever, from calling on His Majesty
King Farouk of Egypt in an ordinary
suit, or from having himself photo
graphed in a sloppy bush shirt, bag
gy pants and an outsize sun helmet,
with German prisoners who stood
rigidly at attention and regarded
him with considerable coolness.
Willkie’s first plunge into Middle
East affairs happened in the
marbled hall of the impressive head
quarters of the United States forces
in North Africa, formerly the home
of a wealthy Egyptian family. The
active and passive press, uniformed
and ununiformed, male and female,
American and foreign, were there
about seventy strong.
Times of London came so did Brit
ish and American censors.
Even the
Willkie, in a summer-weight sin
gle-breasted suit, his pants belt tight
around his middle, his hair rumpled,
and looking very much a man of
the people in his white shirt and un
remarkable necktie, sat on a chair
before a table set on the first land
ing of a staircase that swept upward
behind him. There was a shaft of
light on his face from an open door.
He reassured us that the Ytuafiecs
were doing well.
Then he turned prophet, He an
nounced that, in his opinion. Hitler
wai ’way out on a limb and that the
tide had turned against the enemy.
Have You a Man
in the Service
of Our Country?
Son] Husband] Brother] Father]
Employe] (Daughter] Sister?)
Then You Must Be Proud Enough of Him (or Her) to
Display An Official War Service Flag In the Window of
i a
Store or Plant. Think What They’re
Doing For You.
Sire 8*x 12‘
Guaranteed Washable
Lobor’s Part
In Year of War
Continued from Page 1
SEPTEMBER, 1942—The long
expected Nazi summer offensive
has started against the Soviets.
Sevastopol, after a stand that was
only to be surpassed for valor by
Stalingrad, fall. American naval
units have won at Midway.
In New York, 1.400 AFL wait*
resses sacrifice silk stockings to
buy an army ambulance ... In
Detroit. CIO workers at Packard'
win 9 WPB certificates for pro*
duction miracles .... In Cali*
fornia, one-armed workers take
their places on the production
line ... Kiddie-grants and other
telegraphic frills delaying vital
war messages are stopped at Lfif
insistence of CIO union.
New York AFL painters spend
a holiday painting and give the
$50,000 they earned to war relief
Alabama shipyard workers
hitchhike bl) miles a day for lack
of transportation while West*
brook Pegler uses vital war ma*
tenals to build himself a man*
sion in which he writes smears
of all workers Sgt. Julius
Schellenberg, Austrian refugee
and a few months before a union
steward, is cited for heroism in
NOVEMBER, 1942—The great
American offensive in North Africa
begins with initial success. The
Soviet Union begins offensive be
fore Stalingrad and Moscow. The
U. S. is winning in the Solomons.
In Buffalo, workers want to
change jobs because they are not
getting enough to do In
Detroit, a blind man goes on the
production line ... In ashing
ton, the navy announces 3,000
merchant seamen have lost their
lives “keeping ’em sailing”
And before the U. S. supremo
court, Wendell Willkie quotes
Abraham Lincoln: “The strong
est bond of human sympathy
should he one uniting all
working people, of all nations,
and tongues, and kindreds.” ..
Fine Groceriet and Veati
A Blue Star for each person in service
The added “V” Symbolizes the Service
Flag of Today
Not prixtf but heavy woven material
This is 1942 version of official Service Flag
used in World War 1
Only each
Your Flag at:
Toledo Union Journal Office
PO. 431
Builders and
Navy Offers
Skilled Jobs
Editor’s note: The Toledo Union
Journal is cooperating with the
army, navy, marines and all other
governmental agencies fag aiding
the war effort.
“We Defend What We Build” is
the new slogan of the SEABEES,
the construction battalions of the
U. S. Navy, and every member is
trained thoroughly in the use of
small arms as well as in the routine
of Navy life.
The men of the SEA BEES bat
talions are mature in knowledge
and judgment, and know a job of
work when they see one. That is
one reason why the new SEABEE
training camp near Magruder, Va.,
is already in operation although it
is only two months since the camp
was commissioned.
While the new recruits were re
ceiving their indoctrination they
were also busy constructing the
barracks, streets, sanitary facili
ties, electrical installations and all
the other things which are essen
tial to such a huge undertaking.
This work will continue for a num
ber of months as still newer mem
bers of the SEABEES arrive and
take over the job.
Every SEABEE is schooled in
the intricacies of military defense,
so that if it is necessary for them
to swap hammers and wrenches
for guns on a moment’s notice,
they’ll know how to provide a hot
reception for the invader. When
the going get tough, the SEA
BEES will know how to dish it out.
Nature is the strongest foe
against which SEABEES must
fight. The extra problems which
arise in the tropics or in frigid
northern outposts deserve a great
deal of concern. Day after day the
men in training arc given tasks to
accomplish under conditions as
similar as possible to those which
will be encountered on far-away
SEABEES battalions have prov
en so popular because they allow
skilled men to serve their coun
try, and at the same time, give men
the chance to continue in the same
line of work for which they are
fitted. This does not interrupt a
skilled man’s progress, nor does it
prevent him from learning new
jobs if he so desires.
Every SEABEE is entitled to all
regular government provisions for
dependents. Food, clothing, medi
cal and dental care are provided to
SEABEES with the same high
standards for which the Navy is
The Toledo Recruiting Station is
n Adams Street, just opposite the
Court House. Hours are 8 a. m. till
10 p. m. daily, 10 to 3 Bundays.
“The SEABEES are now or
ganizing new Rigger Companies,"
says Wayne Snow, recruiter in the
Toledo Novy Office at 715 Adams
Street, “and the list of skilled men
required is as follows:
Blacksmith, experienced with all
heats carpenter, heavy framing
and form work electrician, indus
trial construction gas and Diesel
repairmen, repair of hoisting and
moving equipment launchman, ex
perience, tugboats and launches
longshoreman, loading and unload
ing, rigging and general experi
ence mechanic, repair dock ma
chinery oiler, crane and engine
maintenance sheet metal worker,
general building telephone and
switchboard man, general water
tender, boiler room experience
welder, both arc and acetylene
"In addition,” Petty Officer
Snow announces, “the Navy SEA-1
BEES are assembling a Head
quarters Company which calls for:
Armorer, expert in firearms, ma
chine guns baker, with at least 3
years general axperiencej boat
swain, construction experience
afloat clerk, with typing ability,
freight experience cook, ship’s and
officer’s, first class longshoreman,
trucking and stowing experience
mess attendant, first class waiter
storekeeper, warehouse experience,
OCTOBER, 1942—Hitler’s hordes
ire stalled before Stalingrad. Brit
ish army routs Rommel in Egypt.
Talk of offensive action grows. The
fattie of the Solomon Islands rages,
)utcome doubtful.
VRRIETY ClUI BEVtftfltf (0
Gosser Studies New Paper
AJlaniH 2191
Regional Director Gosser when handed the first copy of the Toledo
Union Journal sat down to lok it over. Louis Kikolski, staff photog
rapher snapped him while absorbed in reading.
Local 12 UAW-CIO
Master Contract
Editor’s Note: In order that every member of Local 12 may have
his or her own copy of the Local 12 Master Contract, we will compile a
section of the contract each week until it is completed. We suggest
that each member clip these sections and save them for handy refer
This master contract has been compiled by your Regional Office
for the use of the Local Union Officers and membership in drawing up
their new contract.
Each year a new one will beTwmpiled for your use. If yen have
any suggestions, please send them in to me. Just use what you feel
will fit in in your particular shop and forget the rest. Some clauses
will be hard to attain. Keep fighting, year after year. Your goal muat
be a perfect contract.
THIS AGREEMENT, made and concluded at Toledo, Lucas County,
State of Ohio, this. day of ....................., 194 by and be
tween th^ .... a duly organized Corporation doing
business in the City of Toledo, Ohio, and/or its successors, asignees,
or receivers, Party of the first part, hereinafter called the Company,
and the Employes of said Company, who are members of the Interna
tional Union United Automobile, Aircraft, Agricultural Implement
Workers of America, Local--------- thereof, affiliated with the Congress
of Industrial Oroganizations, Party of the second part, hereinafter
called the Unioife
That said Company in consideration of the promises and agree
ments of said Employes herein set forth through their representatives,
considering their mutual interests and their desire to stabilize employ
ment, to facilitate the manufacture of the products of said Company
in an efficient manner, to establish an orderly procedure for the settle
ment of disputes between the Company and Employes, and to secure a
closer and more harmonious relation between the parties, said parties
promise and agree that:
1. The Company shall recognize the International Union, United
Automobile, Aircraft, Agricultural Implement Workers of America,
Local. Unit, thereof as the sole representative of
it* employes for the purposa of collective bargaining. AH productive
and non-productive employes of the Company except those in a super
visory capacity, shall be members of the International Union, United
Automobile, Aircraft, Agricultural, Implement Workers of America,
Local. or unless said Union cannot supply a sufficient
number of workmen, the Company may then hire non-union men who
shall within a period of 30 days become members of said Union.
2. The Company further agrees to negotiate with the accredited
representatives of said union, who may be chosen in any manner deter
mined by its employes, for the purpose of settling any disputes which
may arise concerning wages, wage rates, working conditions, hours,
dismissals, seniority rights, or discriminations and for the settlement of
any dispute or grievance which may now axist or which may arise dur
ing the operation of this agreement.
(Aay other eJause that la fiecaasary because of the particular
Section 1. The Employes shall have the right to be represented by
an executive Shop Committee of not more than members
including the Chairman, who shall be elected in any manner deter
mined by the Employes. The Executive Shop Committee may have a
secretary. The Company shall negotiate with the Executive Shop Com
mittee as representative of the Employes.
Section 2. The Company or Employer agrees that there shall be
no discrimination against any employe because he serves on the Exe
cutive Shop Committee or any other service rendered the Union.
Section 3. The Company will recognize Department Committeemen
as outlined in the attached list which shows the Department Committee
men of each department, and it is agreed that this number will not be
increased during the life of this Agreement except where there are ad
ditional lines established in a Department or added shifts or there is
an unusual increase in a department, such as moving in additional op
erations that are not now being performed in the Department. Where
there is a department eliminated, the Departmental Committeeman or
Committeewoman will be eliminated also. In Departments where there
is more than one Committeeman or Committeewoman, one of them will
act as chairman.
(Any other clause that is necessary for your plant.)
1625-27 Broadway MA. 0502
Viking Temple Bldg.—Toledo, Ohio
EltlKSOVS, l.XC.
Office Equipment and Supplier
Union Water-marked Paper Our Specialty
31A Erie St. Ain 3211
Fraternally yours,
Richard Gosser,
Director Region 2B.
Burke Presented
For Council 1
All news which comes
the office will, of course,
edited whenever necessary due
to a' lack of unlimited space
for such news. The paper,
however, welcomes whatever
news any unit has and will be
very glad to receive the full
cooperation of all shops.
“Quisling” Is A
Fighting Word
UTICA, N. Y., Nov. 25 (FP)—
President Merwin K. Hart of the
New York State Economic Council,
Nor. 4 filed a $1,000,000 suit
county court against Friends
Democracy for calling him
“American Quisling.* The accusa
tion caused him “great anxiety of
mind, humiliation, and jnortifea
tion,’ ’the suit said.
In December, 1940, Hart threat
ened to bring a similar suit against
Secretary of the Interior Harold
L. Ickes, but backed down after
Ickes wrote that he would retract
if Hart would retract soma of his
fascistic statements.
Robert Jackson, when U. 8. at
torney-general, named Hart in a
list of protestors against democ
racy, which included Charles A.
Lindberg, the League for Consti
tutional Government, President H.
W. Prentis of the National Asso
ciation of Manuafcturers and Maj.
Gen, George Van Horn Mosely.
Hart is a friend of the Christian
Front and an admirer of Gen.
Francisco Franco and a supporter
of the Rapp-Coudert Little Dies
Committee. In 1937 he called for a
revolt against the Wagner Act,
and in 1939 he attended a luncheon
for Rep. Martin Dies at which
Nazi Leader Frits Kuhn was
you, Too
BUY A— i
United States War Ssnnqs Bomb (.Stamps
To Save
December 4
CIO Asks Appointment Next Week
A letter from the Political Activities Committee of Local 1! w
for the appointment of Thomas Burke, sec’y-treas. of Local 12 fl
place former Mayor John Q. Carey was presented City Council
Monday night.
Although Councilman John Q. Carey has resigned his post as mayor,
I his resignation either has not been
received by Council, or is beingM
held for acceptance at its next|
regular meeting of Dec. 7. Mr.
re Jr
Carey was elected to the Court of
Common Pleas at
and is awaiting
from Columbus,
the last election
his commission
will replace Mr.
Interest in who
Carey is running high. A large
number of prospective candidates
for the position have put in their
bids for the position or have acted
through their friends.
New Councilman To Be Chosen
Word from reliable city hall
sources states that Mr. Carey’s
resignation will be accepted Mon
day night and that efforts will be
made by Council to make the re
placement at that time. Friends of
the candidates will be out in large
number, including a large repre
sentation from the CIO to ask for
the appointment of those whose
names have been suggested to
The Political Activities Commit
tee of Local 12 will be well repre
sented at the meeting, and it is ex
pected that the Council Chamber
will hang out the standing room
only sign.
Hollywood Lot
By Federated Press
planning a picture about the army
nurses on Bataan, based
current play, Cry Havot
studio invited Lieut. Beth
who served in the Philippines, to
check the script for authenticity,
Lieut. Veley declined the invi
tation and gave MGM a sizeable
chunk of technical advice gratis.
“According to reviews of Cry
Havoc I have read there is nothing
authentic in any way that deals
With nurses in Bataan.
“There was no such thing as a®
air raid shelter on Bataan. The
only volunteers we had were the
wives of a few officers. There was
no internal dissension between the
men or women. There are no female
captains in the medical corps of
the army, and no army nurse at
any time carries side arms. For
these reasons and others, my ad
vice on this play would be abso
lutely valueless.”
So MGM can go on from there.
Or start all over.
Workers are ao dissatisfied
with the way production is going
that they are picketing idle plants
in Tarrytown, in St. Louis, in
Flint Louis (Two-Gun)
Mauro, CIO shipyard worker in
Wilmington, drives 3,476 rivets
tn 7 hours, a new world’s record.
Quick Heat When You Want It
Gleaner Burning No Clinkers
eal Red Flame
W Forked
Sfi70 $735
Ton Forked
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