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jther of The Federated Pretf
Hit McNutt's
Bad Labor
Record
CTO. Not In Favor Of 4 ppointment
By
Federated Preu
DETROIT—The vicious anti-labor record of Paul V. Mc
Nutt, just appointed war manpower and selective service dic
tator by President Roosevelt, and also his poor stand on the
issue of Negro discrimination were blasted by UAW-CIO of
ficials as soon as his latest promotion became known in De
troit. AFL comment was more moderate.
Paul Ste-Marie, president of Rouge Ford Local 600, larg
est in the UAW-CIO, called the FDR appointment of McNutt
a “slap in the face of labor which was undeserved” and he
feared that “before American.labor will submit to any dicta
torship labor will strike all’
across the continent.”
President Frank Davis of Lin
coln Ford Local 900 declared: “Our
local is entirely out of sympathy
with any kind of labor program
that would be administred by Mc
Nutt.”
Detailed charges against Mc
Nutt’s fitness to hold the job of
labor-drafting dictator were made
•hd'esear ch Director Emil Mazoy
jjhe UAW-CIO Dept. Mazoy
-’When McNutt was governor of
Indiana, h® had martial law in
force almost throughout his term
in his endeavor to smash the
unions and he sent in his militia
wherever there was an important
strike. Don’t think that labor, both
CIO and AFL, has forgotten this.
He was known all over the land
as the Hoosier Hitler.
“Since he became chainrftm of
the War Manpower Commission he
has done nothing in his own office
to enforce President Roosevelt’s
order against discrimination in hir
ing of Negroes. His office is one
of the worst offenders in Wahing
ton. We don’t see why a man with
such an un-American record should
have been placed in command over
labor and the draft machinery.”
President Frank X. Martel of
the Detroit & Wayne County Fed
eration of Labor commented on
McNutt’s advancement:
“While there were some things
in his administration as governor
of Indiana that aggrieved organ
ized labor, Mr. McNutt was on his,
own there. In his new post he will
be responsible to President Roose
velt and if any abuses creep into
his administration organized labor
will doubtless make representa
tions to the President and ask that
the abuses be corrected or that Mr.
McNutt be removed.”
A&P Finances False
Front Farmer Groups,
Say Government
By Federated PreM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 —The
Department of Justice has a name
for the seemingly earnest group of
citizens used from time to time by
the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea
Co. to publicize their propaganda.
The A&P financed these “false-
i front farmer, consumer and house
wife organizations, civic clubs and
other groups” and prepared pub
licity and propaganda for them to
issue, it is charged in a federal
indictment returned in Dallas.
The New York company, 11 sub
sidiaries and 16 officers and di
rectors wer® named. The indict
ment provides a study in monopoly.
The group is charged with every
thing from controlling policies and
practices of food production and
distribution over the whole coun
try, to systematic short-changing
and weighing.
Refinements of their law-violat
fng,a federal grand jury claims, in
clude publishing statements creat
ing false comparisons between their
prices and others’ and coercing
sellers into paying them brokerage I
p*/ fees for produce bought.
A&P operates 6,412 retail stores
in 3,436 cities, which sell 13 Via
of total grocery sales in the U. S.
Not to mention all their processing
and manufacturing concerns.
PHILADELPHIA—A suit for
*7 000 ha8 been filed in U
f\ct court here by the Brewster
znautical Corp, against former
officers of the company who were
fusted by the U. S. Navy last
Spring for failure to operate its
plants efficiently.
Urges Congress
To Crack Down
On Labor
An hour before the resolution
was passed, kTAM members polite
ly applauded Manpower Director
Paul V. MoNutt’s pica for their co
operation with government and la
bor in furthering the war produc
tion program.
The NA M’s anti-labor-as-usual
policy was elaborated on by Presi
dent Wilfred Sykes of Inland
Steel Co., which is the most stub
bornly anti-union among" the Little
Steel firms and which unsuccess
fully challenged the legality of
NWLB orders ast summer.
“The last thing to be expected of
anyone talking to an audience such
as this would be an attack on la
bor,” said Sykes, who then proceed
ed to attack the AFL, CIO, NWLB,
Wagner Act and labor-management
committees.
ACCUSE MURRAY
“The CIO, under the leadership
of Mr. Murray, is actively attempt
ing to foster class hatred. One has
only to read his speeches and ex
amine the publications issued by
the unions directly under his con
trol to discover how the well-known
methods of Goebbels are being used
for this purpose,” he said.
On labor-management commit
tees Sykes said: “This idea must
be rejected, not because it is the
idea of one labor group, hut be
cause management must remain
management ... To sovetize it
by making every decision the sub
ject of debate and discussion will
destroy the whole system of free
enterprise, because it will bring it
to
a
-point whre management can
not function.
“The constructive work being
done in the war effort is almost
entirely by men from manage
ment. The destructive forces have
other origins.*
Sykes proposed a series of
amendments to th® Wagner act
which would make it fit material
for the paper salvage campaign.
Conti n ued on Page 2
INDIANAPOLIS (FP) Union
printing shops will roll out 11,370,
000 items of supply for the 1943
Red Cross War Fund, according to
records of the American Red Cross.
Compulsory Savings
Deadline set by the senate
■ance committee for the report
of a joint committee created to
study a compulsory savings pro
gram was Dec. 1. Senator Wal
ter F. George (D. Ga.), chairman
of senate finance committee, said
that compulsory savings cannot
be considered separately from
taxation. Senator George is
shown above.
By MIRIAM KOLKIN
By Federated PreM
NEW YORK, Dec. 10—The National Association of Manufacturers
on the second day of its annual convention here Dec. 3 unanimously re
solved to ask the newly elected Congress to substitute an iron heel
anti-labor policy for the present government policy.
“Biased, confusing and extra-legal decisions by tha "War Labor
Board and other government agencies handling labor problems” were
credited by the NAM with breeding
strife.
The resolution als® condemned
an imaginary situation created by
the phony statistics of the NAM re
search department?” “Bottleneck
strikes still cripple the war effort.
The time has come when labor must
stop all strikes hindering war pro
duction.”
DISAPPROVE EVERYTHING
The cloed shop, picketing, the
maintenance of membership clause
and election of union officers by
secret ballot likewise met with
NAM disapproval. The resolution
concluded with the appeal to Con
gress to take over “if the above
evils are not voluntarily corrected
by those responsible for them.”
fi-
Hoarded Steel
New Emerging
From Factories
By Federated Presa __.
-r*
WASHINGTON, De^ 10 —The
United Steelworkers* (CIO) oft re
iterated complaint that huge
amounts of steel were being hoard
ed in excessive inventories without
the War Production Board’s doing
anything about it has an interest
ing sequel.
Without a trace of a red face, the
WPB Nov. 29 let it be known that
large amounts of steel are being
released by the hoarders and show
ing up in the production system as
a result of the announcement
WPB Controled Materials Plan. It
makes hoarding of metals purpose
less.
As it doesn’t go into effect until
April and will not be fully function
ing even then, corporations which
have been holding out steel are
rushing to get it in use before that
time. For CMP restricts the
amounts used in any period to the
amount allowed in a bill of mate
rials submitted in advance by the
plant.
At the same time Director Les
sing J. Rosenwald, WPB conserva
tion division, said in reply to CIO
President Philip Murray’s charge
that scrap dealers’ yards are over
stocked (while they wait in hopes
of prices rising), that this was be
ing investigated. The government
is prepared to start stockpiles of
its own.
Despite the newfound steel ap
pearing in production and the re
sults of scrap drives, in which or
ganized labor is doing a tremen
dous job, the much improved situa
tion in steel should not make for
complacency, officials said.
Senator Claude Pepper (D., Ala.),
presiding over a subcommittee of
the Senate Education and Labor
Committee hearing witnesses on the
Tolan-Pepper-Kilgore bills, implied
that steel executives hold secret
meetings in which they center on
caring for old customers and estab
lishing post-war positions.
He asked Vice-Chairman Ferdi
nand Eberstadt, WPB,if he knew of
such meetings. Eberstadt didn’t,
and added he knew they weren’t
held at the WPB. Pepper then said
they could be held at a ‘r emote
club.”
PATERSON, N. J.—Assisted by
the recently formed Confederated
(Independent) Unions of America,
100 delegate® from New Jersey
company unions formed a federa
tion for “self protection against
the raids of nationally affiliated
unions and to help independent
unions get the recognition of
•rnment labor agencies.”
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TOLEDO UNION .JOURNAL
City Council Ignores CIO Candidate
Scale Employes
Ta Continue
Activities
Meet
Month
Will
Each
loss of the election last
Despite
Friday, Dec. 4, to the Scale work
ers of Ohio, Inc., Scale Co. em
ploye members of Local 12 will
maintain their ranks and seek new
members.
Walter Murphy, president of Lo
cal 12, discussing the election said,
“I believe we have a number of
well founded grounds for protesting
last Friday’s election. However,
Scale Co. employes will soon real
ize the value of a national labor
organization over that of a purely
local nature.”
Commenting further, President
Murphy said, “Our organization is
recognized by the federal govern
ment and our members are playing
prominent parts not only in
production phase of the war,
in important advisory posts in
government.”
the
but
the
out
President Murphy pointed
industries such
DeVilbias, Na
others all went
process as the
that other Toledo
as the Champion,
tional Supply and
through the same
Toledo Scale Co. union and came
out victorious in the end.
“Due to the fact that many
Scale Co. employes have requested
additional information since the
election,” said President Murphy,
“we are encouraged to believe they
will eventually remedy their first
error, once they realize where their
real interests lie.”
Monthly meeting® of Scale Co.
employes will be held at Local 12,
425 Winthrop St, with date and
time to be mentioned in this paper.
Labor-Management
Groups lip 9.1%
In Month
By Federated Frees
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10—War
production drives are being organ
ized in 1833 war plants by labor
management committees, the War
Production Board said recently.
They represent more than 3,300,000
workers.
Numbers of committees increased
9.1% in October. The 100 newest
plants boasting labor-management
committee®, made public by the
WPB, include 18 mines in Pennsyl
vania organized by United Mine
Workers (unaffiliated).
of
Labor and management commit
tee stimulus is extended to the
work of 600,000 shipyard workers
in alL
Over half of the 1700 committees
are in plants averaging 1,000 work
ers to the plant.
Among the plants newly listed
are the U. S. Navy Yard, Naval
Aircraft factory, Philadelphia, the
U. S. Naval air station, Quonset
Point, R. I., the U. S. Navy Yard,
Charleston, S. C., U. S. Naval Am
munitions depot, Portsmouth, Va.,
U. S. Naval mine depot, Yorktown,
Va., and the Postal Telegraph
Cable Co., San Francisco, under
contract to the American Comuni
catioas Association (CIO).
Ltckendorf
Strike Settled
Company Agrees To
Union Demands
Striking employes of the Licken
dorf Hardware Co., 2627 Monroe
St., returned to work Monday after
a nine-day strike for recognition
and higher wages.
The strikers, members of Local
14, CIO, called their strike after
several attempts had been made to
get a settlement and recognition,
including submission of their case
to Edwin Ruffin, head of the To
ledo Industrial Peace Board.
Settlement was effected by in
creases in wages ranging from 8 to
10 per cent and recognition of the
union as the bargaining agent foi
the employee.
Gas Rationing
Roy Geller, employed in the
metalurgical department at
the W. O. Plant, will gladly
answer your questions rela
tive to gasoline rationing. He
may be reached at GA. .4304
or at the rationing board in
the Indiana School, phone
GA. 233S.
Christmas Commiflee
i ommtitee members are working
Christmas party a success. Committee
Free War Work
Training Planned
For 1,500,000
By Federated PreM
More than 100 million dollars
will be spent on training for war
production 1,500,000 men and
women now working in non-essen
tial industrials, the American Vo
cational Association announced to
1,000 educators at its annual con
vention in Toledo, Dec. 2.
Two-thirds of the new trainees
will b® women, said Association
President John J. Seidel, who also
revealed that a training program
was being developed for jobless
workers in New York and other
areas.
The training courses will be free
and open to any person 17 years or
older regardeless of previous, ex
perience in any professional or
technical field.
Vocational education is expand
ing tremendously under stimulus of
the war effort, said Dr. John
Wright, assistant commissioner
vocational education in the U.
Office of Education.
Christmas Party
Plans Near
Completion
Plans announced last week by
the Christmas Party Committee for
the children of Local 12 are rapid
ly being completed according to
Edward Courturiere, Chairman of
the committee.
Purchases of goodies and toy® to
gladden the heart of the children
have been made by the committee
and more members than ever
turned out for the last Monday
night meeting to further the work
of the committee of making the
party the biggest and best ever at
tempted by the Local.
“No efforts have been spared to
make the party a great success,”
said chairman Courturiere, “our
members are turning out in great
shape and working to put this
thing over in a way that will linger
long in the memories of both the
kiddies and their parents.”
Plans have been mad® by the
committee to pack the candy boxes
on Friday, Dec. 18. Brother Cour
turiere in discussing the work to
be done for the party said, “I hope
that many of the members of our
Local will volunteer to give us a
hand in getting boxes and gifts
ready for the party.” He asks that
all volunteers who can do so report
on December 18, and help out with
the big task. Sixty volunteers
could get the job done in two hours
according to .the chairman.
Tha Christmas party will be
held this year on Sunday afternoon,
December 20, at the Civic Audito
rium beginning at 2:00 p. m. Local
12’s band, under the direction of
Director Carman Broderick, will
furnish music, and a fat, red-faced
Santa Claus will distribute tons of
goodies, candies, toys and fruits
to all the children.
Feed Ships Survivors
NEW YORK (FP)—Ships’ cooks
and stewards prepared and deliver
ed Thanksgiving Day dinners to
450 survivors of torpedoed freight
ers in United Seamen’s Service rest
homes in this area.
hard to make the children’s
members above are right to
left rear, AS illiam Joy, Lewis Mattox, Richard Smith. Front, Geo.
O’Henry William Healy, Chas. Johnson and Ed Courturiere, Chairman.
Catholic Paper
Blasts Proposed
Newsprint Out
By Federated PreM
SEATTLE, Dee. 10—Protesting
against th® publisher -dominated
WPB Newspaper Industry Advisory
Committee and its proposed lObi
horizontal cut in newsprint con
sumption, Social Action, indepen
dent Catholic monthly newspaper
printed in Seattle, pointed out:
“We in th® Northwest know
there is no real pulp log shortage.
Social Action has in its files abso
lute proof that there is not even a
manpower shortage in the woods.,
More than half the Northwest log-i
ging operators have failed to live
up to President Roosevelt’s demand
for 48-hour weekly production be
cause they would have to pay eight
hours per week overtime!”
The Catholic newspaper also Skid
that if a shortage is shown to exist
and curtailment is necessary, “be
fore a single publication that is an
expression of opinion ... is cur
tailed in its allotment of newsprint,
we favor the risque, dirty, moronic
magazines dealing in filth, murder
or so-called comics, being put on
the shelf for the duration.”
C.
of
S.
More than 2,500,000 persons were
enrolled in U. S. financed vocation
al classes during the fiscal year
ending last June 30. In addition
ther® were 4,134,558 persons en
rolled in pre-employment and sup
plementary training courses.
Social Action pointed out that
“capitalist dominated newspapers
could easily stand a cut in news
print by dropping a few pages or
eliminating an extra edition. Cap
italist opinion would not be muz
zled. But with labor papers and
other organs of minority opinion
curtailmentwould create a
definite threat to freedom of
pression.”
Surprise, Surprise—
Corporate Profits
Doing Very Well
By Federated PreM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 —The
Commerce Department Nov. 29 re
ported “an unexpected and remark
able achievement.” Not so unex
pected to labor, the achievement
was this: profits as usual.
After all taxes are allowed for
net corporate profits for the first
nine months of 1942 will be some
5% less than the “relatively high
level of 1941.”
Then, coming as close to bubbling
over as a Commerce Department
report could and at the same time
preserve its reputation for re
straint, it adds:
the maintenance of profits
at so little below last year’s level
represents an unexpected and re
markable achievement.”
Profits before taxation rose 40%.
Net profits were 4,903 million dol
lars as compared to 5,150 millions
for the like period of 1941. All in
all, the Commerce Department felt
it safo to say with complete ob
jectivity:
“There is no confirmation from
the facts now available that either
the war or high taxes are destroy
ing the profitability of American
corporate business.”
Nelson Urges First
Holiday of Year at War
By
Federated Praaa
WASHINGTON—Chairman
Donald Nelson, War Produc
tion Board, Nov. 27, said he
thought all war workers
should take a holiday on
Christmas Day. “During this
year of war there have been
no full holidays in war pro
duction,” he said.
Lawyers Guild
Backs Anti
Trust Suit
Names Bryce
For Carey's
Place
George C. Bryce who was defeated by Prosecutor Thomas
J. O’Connor on the non-partisan judicial ballot in the No
vember election, was named by a “non-partisan” city council
to take the place of former Mayor John Q. Carey, who was
elected on the non-partisan judicial ballot Nov. 3.
Thomas Burke, financial secretary of Local 12 CIO, was
nominated by Councilman Ollie Czelusta and drew one vote,
Czelusta’s, on the first ballot.
Councilman Michael DiSalle who had placed the name of
John Kelly in nomination, gave Burke his vote on the 4th
By Federated Frew
NEW YORK, Dee. 10—Support
of the Justice Department’s anti
trust suit against the Associated
Press, which grew out of a com
plaint filed by the Federated Press
early this year, has ben pledged by
the national executive board of the
National Lawyers Guild, at a meet
ing on Nov. 28.
The board adopted a resolution
stating that the “contention of the
Associated Press that the govern
ment’s anti-trust against it is a
violation of freedom of press is
without foundation."
Appointment of a special com
mittee by Guild President Robert
W.Kenny to study and report on
the general question of freedom of
the press and the dissemination of
news ia wartime also .wa* author
ized.
More vigorous prosecution by the
Justice Department of persons and
state officials responsible for lynch
ing and of state officials responsi
ble for disfranchisement of Negro
citizens was demanded in a report
adopted by the board.
A committee will be sent to visit
Atty. Gen. Francis Biddle, the sec
retaries of War and Navy and other
government agencies charged with
the administration of the war ef
fort to urge that firmer steps be
taken against discrimination and
that it be eliminated from go vein
men agencies.
The essence of the war mobiliza
tion plan containd in the Tolan
committee report and th® Tolan
Pepper-Kilgore bills was approved
by the board but it propose^ that
this plan be instituted by executive
order of President Roosevelt in
order to seed maximum production.
ex­
Me Too,
Says Taft
By Federated PreM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10—After
all, is $25,000 a reasonable salary?
That is what Chairman Walter F.
George (D., Ga.) of the Senate
Finance Committee, wants to know.
The new Congress is sure to want
to know the same thing, he says.
Just because $25,000 looks reason
ably large to a worker turning out
airplane parts it doesn’t necessarily
to a congressman.
George says that on this point
hinges the jurisdiction of the Treas
ury. The Treasury in the past was
allowed to fix what it considered a
reasonable salary which it would
allow a company to charge off as
business expenses in computing
taxes.
Senators Arthur H. Vandenburg
(R., Mich.) and Robert A. Taft (R.,
O.), who could be expected to sym
pathize with George’ concern for
the executive cut to $25,000 after
all taxation was paid, said they
didn’t think Congress ever gave
the President powers broad enough
to do such a thing.
WASHINGTON—CIO President
Philip Murray protested white
washing of the lumber situation by
the organized industry and WPB
lumber officers before the senate
committee investigating the war
program.
WASHINGTON—The Presi
dent will urge congress to more
fully itnptement a cardinal point
of his 7-point program in 1943,
extending the $25,000 net salary
limitation to investment incomes.
ww- .z ap -K?
ballot. Thereafter, Burke re
ceived no other votes.
Lehman Packs Meeting
Earl Lehmann, who ran 10th in
the last municipal elections, was
nominated by Mayor Lloyd Roulet
and received at least one vote in
every ballot until the 20th, at
which time the mayor explained
that since his candidate had re
ceived but one vote, he was going
to break the deadlock and cast his
vote for Georgo C. Bryce. This
turned the tide, and Thacher
clinched it for Bryce by casting tha
fifth and deciding vote in his favor.
Councilman Arthur Jurrus, A.
F. of L. member of Council who
had nominated former Councilman
Frank Consaul, rose to ask that
the vote be made unanimous.
Former Mayor Roy Start,
20 Ballots To Elect
For 19 ballots Council labored,
and each time brought forth a
deadock, but on the 20th, Mayor
Roulet broke the deadlock which
resulted in the election of George
C. Bryce. Mr. Lehman’s crowd
was definitely disappointed in th®
decision.
Robert Pugh, former member of
the State Legislature, spoke in be
half of the CIO candidate, Tom
Burke. He pointed out that Mu
Burke’s experience th the Stat®
Legislature, as well as his qualifi
cations of experience and educa
tion fitted him for the coun
cilmanic position. He explained
that, while there were more tha®
40,000 CIO members in Toledo,
they were bringing no pressure to
bear in behalf of Burke.
Bryce After Nine Ballots
After the ninth ballot, it became
apparent that the race was be
tween Captain Millard, nominated
by Councilman Ira Bame, and
George C. Bryce, who had been
named by Councilman Howard
Etchen.
Councilman Hoover gave votes
to Cyrus Harris, Negro candidate
named by Councilman Addison Q.
Thacher, as well as W. T. Hunts
man and Clinton Gamer, both of
the latter named by him.
Thacher Supplies Comedy
In addition to supplying the de
ciding vote for George C. Bryce,
Councilman Addison Q. Thacher
supplied the relief comedy.
When it came Thacher’s turn to
make his nomination on the roll
call, he rose and looking around,
said, "Well, I ought to name some
body.” and when this had drawn a
laugh from the more than 200 spec
tators who were packed into the
Council chamber, he said, “I did
have three others I wanted to nom
inate,” and then proceeded to name
Cyrus Harris, a Negro, who, said
Thacher, “would give a minority
group of 18,000 citizens of Toledo
direct representation in the Coun
cil.
Seeks Injunction on Vote
Among other matters brought
before Council prior to the nomina
tions for Judge Carey’s place, was
a letter from Edgar T. Henderson
asking the city to have its attorney
file an injunction suit to prevent
an election among city employes to
designate whether the A. F. of L.
or CIO would have the bargaining
right®.
Councilman DiSalle moved that
the suit be instituted by the city
only because it “might save the city
money if the taxpayer institutes
the suit himself and won.”
Continued on Page 2. Column 1
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as
well as representatives for th®
Small Business Men’s Association,
were present and spoke in behalf
of Earl Lehman. After each talk
for Lehmann, the audience, which
was overwhelmingly Lehman, ap
plauded long and loudly.

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