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Prices still unbridled,
unemployment going up Is depression around the corner? Has inflation reached its peak? How secure is the job? These questions made headlines throughout the nation this week and created new fears in budget-broken homes. Out of the welter ot gov ernment reports and state ments from business econom ists, certain facts were undis puted: Skyrocketing prices have drained away savings and cut consumer goods purchases to the point where retail sales are dropping. Cutbacks in various consumer goods industries are reported, and a slowdown has started in housing construction. With workers unable to buy back the commodities they turn out of the factories, unemploy ment is spreading. Staggering cuts in prices paid by Big Business to farmers for corn and wheat have resulted in the almost imperceptible drop of only 1.5 per cent in food costs to the consumer while other home budget prices continue the inflationary spiral. Corporation profits, which reached the all-time high of $17,000,000,000 in 1947 are ex pected to zoom on up to $20, 400.000.000 this year, according to the U. S. Department of Com merce. Big Business and Big Brass joined in pressuring the govern ment for even greater war ex penditures to bolster profits at the further expense of consum ers. Barron's Weekly hopefully commented that “if an enorm ously speeded up defense pro gram, or warfare itself, should come, the problem of excess inventories would vanish com pletely.” No relief without control Above all, it appeared abso lutely definite that, in spite of dwindling sales, no genuine price relief can be expected unless consumers and workers form the biggest people's lobby in history to force the adminis tration to carry through cam paign pledges for price control and other anti-inflation meas ures. In spite of the tiny dips re ported in the so-called “cost of living index” of the IT. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (did you no tice any cut in your bills last month), living costs remained 78 per cent above pre-war aver ages. Important figures in the Big Brass-Big Business coterie which continues to run the Tru man administration are reported to be presuring against any genuine price control. They cite the old saw that “prices are finally moving back toward their normal level,” whatever that is. They also warn that business might go on a sitdown strike, along the pattern of the 1938 ‘recession,” rather than submit to strong controls. Already there are strong in dications that the great corpo rations will cut production and employment to keep goods scarce rather than cut prices to expand the market. Goods piled up in inventories totaled some $53,300,000,000 in September— $7,000,000,000 more than Sep tember of last year. Production is down in textiles, rubber goods, leather, radios and scores of other commodities bought by average citizens. But virtually no important price cuts have been made to stimulate buying. The entire program of Wall Street and government so far as cost-of-living relief is concerned has been based upon the theory that controls are not necessary because “increased production” (lower actual wages per unit through speed-up) and a reduc tion in purchasing pow’er (un employment and depression) would bring reduction in prices. Both increased production per man and decreased purchasing power have occured, but busi ness spokesmen are jittery and unsold goods pileup. Shades of the Henry Wallace declaration hat prices must be cut and wages raised to save the nation’s economy crept over the headlines this week and the fight for that program seemed developing into the major battle before the 81st Congress next month. Chicago Joint Board, ILGWU makes secret pact; bars hike Top officials of the AFL Inter national Ladies Garment Work ers union have reached a secret agreement with the Chicago As sociation of Dress Manufacturers barring any general wage in INDUSTRIALISTS CONVENE. Earl Bunting (center), managing di rector of the National Association of Manufacturers, chats with two speakers who addressed the NAM in New York's Waldorf Astoria: Former Assistant Secretary of State Spruille Braden (I.) end Economic Co-operation Administrator Paul G. Hoffman (r.). crease for pressers this year. This was revealed this week when The Standard obtained a photostatic copy of a letter sent to employers by Abraham Heller, director of the manufacturers association, dated November 24. The letter explained “it was mutually agreed between the Chicago Association of Dress Manufacturers and the Chicago Joint Board, International Ladies Garment Workers union . . there shall be no general demand for increased piece rates in the pressing craft for the 1948-49 Spring season.” Rank and file union members said they were told nothing of the agreement. Union officials had told p*essers to approach individual employers for in creases, the members explained. They also explained they had ; been told nothing of the agree- ' ment between officials and em- i ployers requiring that any; "pressers who desire an adjust ment of prices must approach their employers as soon as pos sible and in no event later than December 10.” The Association advised em ployers that "if your pressers approach you, please get in touch with our office.” Morris Bialis, manager of the Chicago Joint Board of the union, could not be reached for a statement. cut flowers floral designs blooming plants Motcff Florists 192 N. LaSalle DE 2-1500 | We Telegraph Flower* i LOOP Shoe Service finest quality shoe repairing Resole any shoes * Shanks replaced * Heels braced * High heels remade to low • Gaps removed • Any type elastic replaced • Shoes made longer or wider. while you wait Al1 Orthopedic Work service 17 N. Wobash, Rm, 304 CEntrol 6 0716 10% of your purchase will be paid to the STANDARD if you ask for the “STANDARD POST CARD” SUE ME by Boniface IT’S on again. The long awaited proof of the plot to undermine the planet has been found on microfilm . . . concealed in a hollowed-out pumpkin. The red-goblin grins from the mouth of a pumpkin named Chambers, every day is Hallowe’en, the witch-hunt rides at night . . . and all's right with the world. * * * MOVE over Beethoven. Our own Chicago Symphony Orchestra has offered its leadership to Wilhelm Furt waengler, the wayfaring Nazi. It’s claimed that Furtwaeng ler was “tricked” into sup porting Hitler and conducting the Berlin philharmonic. Of course he was vricked! How'd he know they were going to lose the war? * * * THE new Chicago inductees are marching into Camp Breckenridge, Ky. Announce ment: “There will be careful screening of selectees with Communist influence who are trying to infiltrate the army.” The kid whose uncle once contributed a quarter to the Epworth League (on the Thomas committee’s subver sive list) got his greetings this week. “Look Ma, I’m in filtratin’!” No-notice evictees see hope of return Two southside families, evict ee from their homes although they claimed in court that no city bailiff appeared to give them eviction notices, took long steps this week toward legal restora tion of their homes. Federal District Judge William J. Campbell last Wednesday tem porarily restrained Ira O’Neil, landlord, from re-renting two apartments at 453 E. 31st St., from which he evicted Isaac Riley and Ruth Adams and their families. Judge Campbell also enjoined City Bailiff Albert J. Horan from evicting David Reed of 4217 S. Calumet, who also denied hav ing received notice of eviction when the bailiff appeared to put his belongings in the street. The injunction, ODtained by William S. Kaplan, attorney for the U. S. Housing Expediter, was based on the premise that there was insufficient ground shown according to Federal law for the landlord to obtain the evictions. The Expediter has no authority to enter the question of whether notices of eviction had been properly served, but he has jurisdiction over the grounds for eviction, Mr. Kaplan ex plained to The Standard. The Riley family claimed that they had offered to pay the cei ling price of $21, but that the landlord had refused it and de manded $25. The Adams family was charg ed in the eviction with alleged nuisance, but Judge Campbell ruled that insufficient evidence of nuisance had been presented. On Dec. 10 the Expediter's office again will appear in Dis trict Court to ask that the Riley and Adams families be restored to their apartments pending a final decree on the grounds for eviction. 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