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of Truman—or else By STAN Climaxing two days of Director Joseph Germano, and Van A. Bittner — plus a plato Annual Conference of Distric America (CIO) indorsed Harr “his good labor record.” Called ostensibly for the purpose of discussing pressing problems of USA-CIO’s vast membership, the real business of the conference, it became clear after the Truman indorse ment. was to give steel leader ship an opportunity to try to rally steelworkers behind Tru man The Truman indorsement was pushed by USA-CIO’s big brass toward the end of the confer ence. w hich ran Saturday morn ing through Sunday evening at the Morrison Hotel, after the “better part” of the 800 dele gates — disgusted with their leaders- unabashed praise of “Injunction Harry"—had pulled out and left for home. While indorsing Truman, steel leadership assailed the use of injunctions (issued by President Truman) to break strikes; union busting by NLRB Administrator Robert Denham (a Truman ap pointee), and the President’s loyalty purge of government em ployees. As anticipated, brass-knuckles appeared at this conference, too. Late Sunday afternoon, a 10-man detail of Germano's private ar my of goons followed Hugh Mc Gilverv, editor of the “Labor Sentinel” (official biweekly newspaper of USA-CIO Local 1010. Indiana Harbor), as he left the conference, and gave him a going over. Longshoremen, shipowners in showdown SAN FRANCISCO—The strik ing International Longshore men's & Warehousemen’s Union (CIO) put its cards on the table this week. While the Waterfront Employ ers Association and the Pacific American Shipowners Associa tion—spokesmen for the power ful shipowners group—pointed to the West Coast tieup in ship ping overseas Army supplies, charging “Communism,” Harry Bridges, ILWU president, wired President Truman: “West Coast shipowners are stalling Army on handling car goes while George Killian of American President Lines and Frazier Bailey of National Fed eration of Shipping are in Wash ington trying to persuade you and Defense Secretary Forrestal to handle Army cargo .from East Coast ports. “Our anion notified Army sev eral days ago that it was pre pared to handle cargo necessary to overseas supply. We urge that in fairness to Western busi ness, farmers and working peo ple you reject the shipowner schemes and insist that they act in good faith with the Army.” Meanwhile, shipowners stub bornly refuse to meet with the ILWU to settle strike demands until the union complies with optional provisions of the Taft Hortlev Act by filing non-Com munist affidavits. This, despite the expression of ILWU mem bers, voiced in a recent secret referendum ballot, to reject the affidavits, by a vote of 10,740 longshoremen against 376, MACEK canned speeches by District Vice Presidents Thimmes and Dn of top-ranking brass — the t 31, United Steelworkers of y S. Truman on the basis of Sam Taylor, USA-CIO staff representative from So. Chicago, who captained the slugging de tail, overtook McGilvery and his companion a few steps from the Morrison exit. McGilvery knock ed two of the gang down, and was working on a third, when two of the goons pinned his arms from behind while their buddy boys closed in with fists and feet. Reason for the attack was be lieved to be “offences" commit ted by the “Labor Sentinel" against the Germano bureauc racy — which is deeply commit ted to the Democratic machine in Lake County. Namely the Sentinel's consistent support of Wallace and the Progressive Party. Vice President Van. A. Bitt ner, who gave the conference’s main address, sought to convince delegates that President Truman was compelled to ,ciush the strikes of railroad workers, miners and seamen by injunc tion. Typical of the Germano brand of democracy extended confer ence delegates, no comment was permitted from the floor before adoption of resolutions. Vigilant sergeants-at-arms patrolled the aisles, coldly eying any dele gate who might be suspected of committing such an untoward act. Three resolutions, adopted by Local Union 1010—whose Pres ident, Harry Powell, is chair man of National Committee of Steelworkers for Wallace — and submitted to the conference Res olutions Committee, were ig nored. The resolutions called for (1) no indorsement of a Presidential candidate; (2) criticism of USA CIO’s Wage Policy Committee for its failure to demand retire ment pay, double time for Sat urdays and Sundays, and ratifi cation of all contracts by the Local unions; (3) an end to the “'Red witch-hunts’’ in the USA CIO. Delegates to UE convention barred at U.S. border NEW YORK—(FP)—Eleven of the 18 Canadian delegates to the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers convention which met here last week were denied entry to the U.S. by American immigration authori ties. This was revealed to the con vention by President George G. Aldridge of Toronto Local 521, one of the seven who was al lowed entry. Aldridge, who flew in, said he and another delegate were detained at LaGuardia Field and grilled about their political beliefs by the immigra tion officials. Among questions tossed at him, he said, was: “Would you condone the violent overthrow of the government to further the cause of the UE?" One dele gate was barred because he had reportedly attended a Canadian consumers’ meeting to protest high prices. Other delegates were asked to reveal which can didates they voted for in the last UE convention. I I SAN FRANCISCO longshoremen massed outside the capacity filled Coliseum bowl hear strike call by the International Long shoremen's & Warehousemen's Union (CIO) through loud speak ers. The strike, which came at expiration of 80-day Taft-Hartley ; injunction, involves over 30,000 workers of the ILWU and other | maritime unions and has tied up all Pacific coast ports. THE ILLINOIS NEW Bear cobs Bobby Layne and Johnny Lujack are going to push old timers like Sid Luck man to give their all for the North Siders this season. But the Bears still face a tough season. Fail's corner __ Prospect for Bears, Cardinals pick up your sagging morale By AL VAUGHN You’re sitting in a Toronto hotel with a couple of old cronies fuming and fussing about the heat. The weather man says it’s 86’ but it feels like 120. You wonder why you ever left home. You might go to the beach but you only have enough energy left to reach for another bottle of rfle. Ted Reeves, coach of the Toronto Beaches Indians Football Team and one time Lacrosse great, asks how the American Pro Football races stack up this year. Your first impulse is to say it’s too hot to talk football. But then you remember the Rockets are well along in their schedule. The Cardinals open against Phil adelphia Sept. 24; the Bears two days later at Green Bay. And when you consider how Chicago teams let you down, it gives a great deal of pleasure to dis cuss football. At least we can be proud of the Bears and Car dinals. After exacting a promise that there will be no bets based on our selections else somebody else goes to the poor house, we tell Ted just what we think. In the All-American Confer ence the Cleveland Browns will come out on top per usual. True, some of the boys are not as young as they used to be. San Francisco is capable of giving some competition. The Buffalo Bills with the aid of George Ratterman could be dangerous. The Baltimore Colts and their new find, Y. A. Tittle, could cause trouble. The New York Yankees, as long as they keep Buddy Young whole, are always a threat. But as it stands now you have to go along with the champs. Graham and Motley, and a big and powerful line with two fast ends in Speddie and Levante should be enough to see them through. The Rockets? They’re improving slowly, but too slow ly to be a threat this year. The National Pro League is a different story. It’s a tossup between our own Cardinals and Bears. The Eastern section win ner is unimportant. All the real power is in the West. Green Bay, who lost a number of one point heart breakers last year is coming back stronger than ever. The Western race should be a lulu. To pick the winner one really must have the luck of the Irish. The Cardinals lost two of their finest players when de fensive ends Bill Ivy and Clar ence Esser gave up the ghost, but Bob Dove and Bob Ravens burg could fill the bill. Charlie Trippi is back hotter than ever. Pitching Paul Christman should be belter than ever behind a still powerful Cardinal line. Ventan Yablonski, last year’s Columbia fullback, could be the surprise package of the year. Mai Kutner is still the best end in pro football. If the Cardinals can keep their first team intact they’re going to be tough to un seat as champions. The Bears could be just the team to do it. Sid Luckman. pushed by the acquisition of Johnny Lujack and Bobby Laync, should have one of his best years. The line is still as powerful as ever and the back field, with George McAfee show ing signs of being his old self, is certainly adequate. The Cardinals had to get in shape a little too early for the All-Star game. It could tell in the last part of the season. That, plus the fact that we are died in the wool Bear fans, will make us pick our favorites as the final victor. But it would just be Chi cago’s luck to have Green Bay come out of the North and steal the title and take away the last thing the Windy City fans have to be proud of. Whitney in reverse CLEVELAND—(FP) — A. F. Whitney, president of the Brotherhood of Railroad Train men (unaffiliated), who, follow ing the breaking of he 1946 rail strike, pledged himself to spend “millions" to defeat President Truman, announced here that the union’s state legislative rep resentatives had unanimously indorsed the President for re election.