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Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—The
department of justice is ready to pro
ceed with court action against the
Houde Engineering Corporation, Buf
falo, N. Y., accused of violating labor
sections of NRA, it was announced
jointly by Chairman Francis Biddle,
of the National Labor Relations Board
and G. W. Bell, of the justice depart
The announcement regarding the
crucial case testing the labor board's
power followed a conference among
Biddle, Bell and Assistant Attorney
General Harold M. Stephens.
"The department is going to take
very quick action," Biddle said.
"We have what we feel is adequate
evidence," Biddle continued. "We are
all ready to go ahead and we are
going to go ahead."
The action will be an injunction suit,
and out of the suit is expected to
emerge a legal definition of collective
bargaining and of majority rule in
employe representation.
"I am sure we have enough to go
on in the Houde case," Biddle de
At a press conference Biddle gave
his views on the work and policies of
the labor board.
"How do you feel about majority
rule in industry as expressed in the
board's Houde decision?" he was
"The Houde case is law and will be
sustained," replied Biddle.
Order Election in Goodrich
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Washington.—The National Labor
Relations Board has ordered elections
ix be held by employes of the Good
rich and Firestone Rubber Manufac
turing plants, in Akron, Ohio.
When announcement of this deci
sion was made, President Green, of
the American Federation of Labor,
issued the following statement:
"The American Federation of Labor
is pleased with the decision of the
National Labor Relations Board in
ordering elections to be held by the
.employes of the Goodrich and Fire
stone Rubber Manufacturing plants
at Akron, Ohio. The application for
these elections was submitted by the
local American Federation of Labor
unions established at these rubber
manufacturing plants, several weeks
ago. The officers and members of
these unions based their application
for said elections upon the act of con
gress which provided for the creation
of a National Labor Relations Board.
"The officers and members of the
American Federation of Labor wel
come the opportunity to demonstrate
through on election held under the
Supervision and auspices of the Na
tional Labor Relations Board, that
the majority of the employes of the
Goodrich and Firestone Rubber Manu
facturing Companies favor an Amer-
Federal Suit Promised In
Houde Case
and Firestone Tire Plants
President Green ftefers to "Opportunity Now Afforded
Management to Carry Out Spirit and Letter of Decla
fation By United States Chamber of Commerce" Re
specting Co-Operation.
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ican Federation of Labor Union as the
bargaining agency through which the
workers may bargain collectively with
their employers. The issue will be
drawn between the American Federa
tion of Labor Union and the company
union established, fostered and favor
ed by the rubber manufacturing com
"The American Federation of La
bor will abide by the result of the
election, and is willing to be governed
by the will of the majority. A splen
did opportunity is afforded the man
agement of the rubber manufacturing
companies to carry out both the spirit
and the letter of the declaration made
by the United States Chamber of
Commerce to co-operate with the gov
ernment and with the administration
in the furtherance of industrial
peace and national recovery. They can
do this by accepting the decision of
the National Labor Relations Board
ordering an election to be held within
the next three weeks.
"All parties at interest ought to
acquiesce in the decision of the Na
tional Labor Relations Board, and all
ought to unite in a joint effort to see
that the election is held in accordance
with the regulations and supervision
of the National Labor Relations
He declared that the decision was
clear, that by collective bargaining
was meant dealing with the spokes
men for the majority. He added that
this did not exclude the minority from
petitioning for general objects other
than wages, hours and working condi
tions, but that the minority could not
be recognized
tive bargaining.
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Agreement Averts Elevator
New York City (ILNS)—A threat
ened strike of elevator operators, por
ters, watchmen and maintenance men,
which would have tied up New York's
skyscrapers, has been averted by an
arbitration agreement. The settle
ment leaves the way open to complete
unionization of the city's building
service employes.
The employers, by accepting the
agreement, recognized the right of
Building Service Employers' Inter
national Union, Local 32-B, to bargain
collectively for its members.
The agreement was reached by a
committee appointed by Mayor La
Guardia and representing the city,
the employers and the workers. It
provides for the setting up of a com
mittee of arbitrators to fix "reason
able minimum standards of wages"
and the establishment of agencies for
the settlement of complaints and
grievances. Discrimination agains
employes because of membership o
activity in the union is barred.
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Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Presi
dent William Green, of the American
Federation of Labor, has challenged
business and industrial leaders to
pledge compliance with labor provi
sions of the recovery act in their new
program of co-operation with the gov
ernment in recovery efforts.
Until this is done, Green said, labor
cannot be blamed "if it is skeptical
as to the real degree of co-operation"
which business interests will give to
the New Deal.
Declaring that the offer of the
Chamber of Commerce of the United
States to co-operate with the govern
ment to hasten national recovery rep
resents an "about face" on the part
of the organization, as it has hereto
fore assumed a "critical attitude ap
proximating opposition to the gov
ernment's national recovery policy,"
Green went on to say:
"The primary purpose of the na
tional recovery act was to develop
a co-partnership relationship between
the government, industry and labor.
In every step taken in the further
ance of the national recovery pro
gram, labor has co-operated to the
fullest extent and to the greatest de
gree. Unfortunately, business inter
ests, as represented by the United
States Chamber of Commerce and the
National Association of Manufac
turers, have refused to recognize the
partnership of labor in the national
recovery program.
Have Fought Section 7-A
"These interests have refused to
agiee to accord labor representation
upon code authorities have opposed
ihe application of Section 7-A of the
industrial recovery act, which pro
vides for collective bargaining and
which is embodied in every industrial
code of fair practice. Business inter
ests, as represented by the United
States Chamber of Commerce, have
discharged and discriminated against
thousands of workers because they
exercise their right under Section
7-A to join a labor union.
"In addition the National Associa
tion of Manufacturers publicly de
clared its refusal to abide by the de
cisions of the National Labor Rela
tions Board and called upon all mem
bers of the association to refuse to
comply with the decisions of the Na
tional Labor Relations Board provid
ing for majority representation. The
steel manufacturers have threatened
to institute court proceedings in an
effort to prevent the application of the
effort to prevent the application of the
decisions of the National Labor Rela
tions Board.
Chamber Must Obey Law
*?While announcing publicly the pur
pose of the Chamber of Commerce to
co-operate with the government in the
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Employers Must Comply With Law, or Labor Will Con
tinue Skeptical of Co-Operation Offer, He Declares.
effort to accelerate national recovery,
it denounces labor as unreasonable in
its attitude and unfair in its demands.
Before labor can accept the offer of
the Chamber of Commerce to co
operate with the government in the
promotion of economic recovery as
sincere and genuine, it must publicly
announce its willingness to comply
with Section 7-A of the national recov
ery act as embodied in industrial
codes of fair practice, and its willing
ness to abide by the decisions of duly
constituted authorities, set up by act
of congress for the purpose of pro
moting industrial peace, as repre
sented by the National Labor Rela
tions Board, the National Steel Labor
Relations Board and other boards
of a similar character.
'Section 7-A and these boards are
a part of the instrumentalities cre
ated by act of congress and estab
lished by the administration for the
purpose of promoting economic re
covery and labor and industry co
operation. There can be no co-opera
tion on the part of any group until
they are willing to recognize the gov
ernmental instrumentalities through
which co-operation can be extended.
Industry Is Challenged
"Labor accepts its full responsibil
ity under the provisions of the na
tional recovery act. It will co-operate
fully in code-making processes, will
recognize its obligations to the fullest
extent, will conform to the require
ments of Section 7-A of the national
recovery act, and will accept the de
cisions of the National Labor Rela
tions Board providing for majority
representation in collective bargain
ing processes.
"We challenge the United
States Chamber of Commerce and
the National Association of Manu
facturers to meet this character
of co-operation and to publicy
announce their willingness to do
"Unless the Chamber of Commerce
meets this challenge, we must regard
its utterance as the voice of Jacob
and the hand of Esau."
Will Be Passed By Congress,
Mead Predicts
Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Legis
lation establishing some form of un
employment insurance will be passed
by the 74th congress, Rep. James M.
Mead predicted.
Mead said unemployment insurance
was th» one big problem which stands
out above all others in the matter of
social reform.
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Challenge to Business to Obey
NRA Labor Rules Issued Bv Green
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"A federal law giving the states
supervision and permitting the estab
lishment of a reserve fund seems pop
ular with members of the house,"
Mead continued. "We have all learned
the lesson of preparedness from the
depression. The. fund should be es
tablished and built up in times of
plenty to care for unemployed when
hard times come to plague this na
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Newark, N. J. (ILNS)—The re
covery program, nation-wide in scope,
has brought real benefits to women,
through improving standards for
their employment and stressing their
needs, Miss Mary Anderson, director
of the Women's Bureau, U. S. De
partment of Labor, said in addressing
the Democratic Women's Luncheon
Club of New Jersey here.
Up to the present, national legisla
tion aiming at recovery has struck a
blow at sweatshops, has shortened
hours and raised wages for thousands
of women, has eliminated some of the
evils of industrial home work, has
given jobs to many unemployed wom
en, and has stimulated better labor
laws in some states, Miss Anderson
pointed out.'
She also lauded the program for
social legislation to bring economic
security for the millions of women
and men who have imperative need
of safeguards against the hazards of
unemployment, sickness and old age.
Such a program is essential to lay
a •. und foundation for workers in the
stated. She
thought that it would prove an even
greater boon to women than men
since in the past women have been
the more exploited and lower-paid
group, and thus less able to build up
reserves against disastrous circum
stances over which they have no con
Big Industry Meet Dec. 5-6
New York.—Leading industries of
the United States will be represented
at a special convention here, Decem
ber 5 and 6.
The meeting was called by fifty
prominent industrialists, and will be
held under auspices of the National
Association of Manufacturers.
"Recovery problems confront the
country," the call said, and added:
"They demand the best thought and
help of all the people." Another prof
fer of "co-operation," similar to that
issued by the U. S. Chamber of Com
merce is anticipated by some.
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