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The Butler County press. [volume] (Hamilton, Ohio) 1900-1946, October 11, 1935, Image 1

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After stalling for weeks, and after
inventing a puppet union which inter
vened to further delay matters, the
firm finally refused to furnish its pay
roll to the Labor Relations Board in
order to force the matter into the
courts, thus delaying the election in
The striking employes at the Wayne
Mills returned to work on July 26
when the firm signed an agreement
that it would co-operate with the labor
board in holding an election for rep
resentatives after the board had laid
down rules and regulations for the
conduct of such an election.
When the National Labor Board did
frame its rules, Regional Director R.
Cowdrill was sent to Fort Wayne to
arrange to take the polls at the con
venience of the union and the em
ployer. An agreement was reached
that the election would be held on
September 29. The rules for the con
duct of the election were agreed to
by the firm- as outlined by Director
Cowdrill. A few days later Cowdrill
was called at his office in Indianapolis
and was informed that an "Association
of Employes for Representation of
Employes Only" had been formed in
the plant and would demand a place
on the ballot. The firm had previously
told Cowdrill that there no longer was
a company union in the mill.
President Emil Rieve, of the Amer
ican Federation of Hosiery Workers
then came into the picture. Rieve with
Representative Truman met with the
company union committee and the la
bor board officials to work out an
agreement whereby the election could
be held with the company union on the
One point at issue had been the
right of non-productive employes to
vote in the election. The union repre
sentatives insisted that only those
workers eligible for membership in
the American Federation of Hosiery
Workers were entitled to a vote on a
ballot which involved the American
Federation of Hosiery Workers.
An agreement was reached even on
this point, and the company union rep
resentative signed a memorandum de
tailing the understandings. It was then
that the company was forced into a
corner and was obliged to show its
opposition openly. Brazenly going
To Make Apology For At
tack on Mussolini
Toronto (ILNS)—Mayor James
Simpson who, when speaking to a res
olution of the Trades and Labor Con
gress of Canada invoking League of
Nations' sanctions against Italian ag
gression in Ethiopa, referred to Mus
soluini as a mad dog, has replied to a
protest of Chevalier G. Limeri, Italian
vice-consul in Canada, that he saw no
reason to make an apology.
He was, he said, kindly disposed to
the Italian people and especially to
the fine types of Italians he had met
in Canada but he had "no sympathy
with the policy of Fascism which is
now evidencing itself in a threat to
the peace of the world."
Mayor Simpson, speaking as a
union printer delegate at the recent
Trades and Labor Congress in Hali
fax, said:
"This man (II Duce) cannot be ex
pected to live in harmony with other
people and is a menace to the people
of the world. If he is determined to
act as a mad dog, he must be dealt
with as a mad dog."
To Prevent Holding
Fort Wayne, Ind. (ILNS)—In out
right violation of a signed agreement
with its employes, the Wayne Knit
ting Mills is fighting to prevent the
National Labor Relations Board from
holding an election in the plant here.
Employes' Election
back on its agreement, the firm de
fied the labor board by refusing to
make its payroll available for the elec
tion. Without the payroll to check
against it is virtually impossible to
conduct fair voting in alarge manufac
turing plant. The matter is now back
with the labor board, and it will prob
ably be necessary to hold formal hear
ings 011 the question.
Unions Form Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio (ILNS)—A large
delegation of members of the five in
ternational printing trades unions
met here and formed the Ohio State
Allied Printing Trades Council, rep
resenting approximately 25,000 organ
ized members of the printing crafts.
D. Oakley Davies, of Columbus, past
president of the Columbus Typograph
ical Union No. 5, and president of the
Columbus Allied Printing Trades
Council, was elected president, and
Don Courtney, secretary of the local
allied council and legislative agent
of the printing crafts, was named
secretary-treasurer. The new organi
zation was sponsored by the Columbus
Allied Printing Trades Council.
The executive board, representative
of the five international unions were:
Curtis L. Hill, Dayton, Photo-En
gravers Charles L. Mamelinne,Akron
Stereotypers and Electrotypers
Union, and secretary of the Akron
Allied Printing Trades Council
George W. Larimore, Dayton, Print
ing Pressmen and Assistants' Union
Miss Ann Woodland, Columbus, In
ternational Brotherhood of Bookbind
ers, and Roy L. Miller, Dayton, In
ternational Typographical Union.
The purpose of the organization is
to improve and strengthen unions in
all branches of the trades, to form
unions in towns where none exist, to
demand the allied label on all state
printing, to protect the printing trade
in the state legislature and to embark
upon a campaign of education.
Resolutions condemning the Sher
rill report as it pertains to state
printing denouncement of the veto
of Gov. Martin L. Davey in abolish
ing the state bindery and advocating
the office of public printer were in
troduced and passed unanimously.
Facts and figures were produced to
show that printing done in the peni
tentiary would cost more through the
purchase of machinery, depreciation,
spoilage, breakage and incompetence
than the state now pays for printing
The state bindery veto was assailed
because of the number of people it
would throw out of work, many of
them deaf mutes who would become
wards of the state, and because the
work can be done more economically in
a centrally located plant.
Tractor, Truck and Delco Light Parts
Florida Governor Warns
Jobless to Avoid State
Albany, N. Y. (ILNS)—Governor
Scholtz, of Florida, has called upon
governors of Eastern States to pre
vent an influx of unemployed to the
Southern States this winter seeking
Now Is the time to get that Tractor, Truck and Lighting Plant
in shape. We have the Parts and the equipment to do almost anything
you want done in order to put your machinery in shape. Get ready
for 1935 as it is going to be the best year you have had for a long time.
Let us figure with you on your needs.
In a letter to Governor Lehman, of
New York, Scholtz explained that
transient camps in Florida have been
closed, adding:
"Additional transients simply can
not find employment in Florida. If
they come, I will have no alternative
except to have them turned back at
the border, or they will be arrested
for vagrancy if they have no visibie
means of support."
A similar communication was sent
to all governors of states east of the
Mississippi river.
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A Giant Gels Ready
Two pieces of news break into print
just now to center attention on tobacco
and its products.
There is advice that the president
isn't going to be anxious to have
any labor issues bob up in the next
session of congress.
Among several other things, labesg
will be hammering at the doors of
the next session of congress, asking
for equalization of the tax on cigar
ettes, so that the 10-cent cigarette
can live.
Most 10-cent cigarettes are union
made, and they are growing steadily
in popularity, along with the union
made 15-cent brands.
Tax Limits Growth
But, with the present unequal, un
just tax on cigarettes, there is a limit
to the possibilities of growth for the
over-taxed dime smokes.
The two leading union-made 10
cent brands are Twenty Grand, made
by the Axton Fisher Tobacco Co., and
Wings, made by the Brown & Wil
liamson Tobacco Corporation.
When the last session of congress
failed to equalize the tax there was
what looked like an understanding
that action would be had in the Janu
ary session, and labor will be there
to see that nothing is overlooked.
With the tax at 6 cents a package
of 20, as it is, regardless of price, the
10-cent cigarettes are under an al
most unbearable burden. The jobs
of a lot of union men are at stake,
as well as the smoke enjoyment of
a good-sized army of workers.
Tax Kind to Big Four
The other interesting piece of news
is that American Tobacco, one of the
union-hating Big Four in the tobacco
business, is expected to pay a dividend
of about $4.75 this year. However,
by the time the company actually gets
around to fixing the figure definitely,
it can be questioned whether the di
rectors will not raise it a quarter and
stick to the $5 rate.
However, whichever way it goes
whether $5 or $4.75, the Big Four
companies are not being hit by the
tax because their 15-cent brands
which are guaranteed, so the million
dollar advertising campaigns say, to
do everything from curing spavins to
pressing your clothes and hanging
them in the closet, are taxed no more
than the dime package that so many
thousands of workers buy because
they get quality at their price.
Tax Really Against Union
This tax discrimination is really a
tax AGAINST union-made products
and thus a tax against unions, be
cause almost all the 10-cent cig
arettes are union-made.
On the whole, the thing for union
men to do is to smoke union-made
cigarettes, first, because they are
union made, and second, because that
is the best possible way of winning a
battle against discrimination and
Autumn Decorators
Melon-Thereby Hangs
against one of the biggest anti-union
industrial groups in the whole United
Not even congress likes to run too
hard into a determined public opinion.
They'll follow the smoke returns as
well as the election returns.
Help Tobacco Workers
Get yourself a package of union
made cigarettes and don't ever get
any that are not union made.
Help the organized tobacco work
ers win their gallant battle for legis
lative fairness and for union working
conditions everywhere.
Indicate Lowering of Canad
ian Living Standards
Ottawa (ILNS)—That living stand
ards in Canada are still shrinking
seems to be indicated by the govern
ment indexes of the sales of restau
rants. Value sales for the first seven
months of this year were 7 per cent
below the like period last year and
there was little or no change in prices
—if anything it was upward.
Home-cooking evidently did not
take up the slack. Indexes of the sales
of groceries and meat shops during
the first seven months of this year
indicate a slight decline in the quan
tity of foodstuffs sold, as compared
with the like period last year.
Restaurant value sales for July last
were 65 per cent below July, 1929,
while the decline in retail food prices
averaged 35 per cent. And since
July, 1929, the population of Canada
has increased by 800,000.
The decline in the value sales of
meat shops and groceries from July,
1929, to July last was 35 per cent
just equal to the decline in the re
tail price of foodstuffs. But again the
800,000 increase in population has to
be considered.
WPA Cuts Week
To Forty Hours
Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Harry
L. Hopkins, head of the works prog
ress administration, has signed an
order permitting state administra
tors to reduce hours at their riscre
tion. The maximum hours are 40 pei
Since cutting hours with no change
in weekly payments means higher
wages per hour, it is probable that
building trades wages per hour on
PWA will not be far from the prevail
ing union scale, for which labor has
been contending.
Hopkins declared in a statement to
the press that he believed this change
would "eliminate all trouble and con
flict." He also said that 931,000 per
sons are now employed on work relief
projects, something over one-third of
them by the WPA.
Housing Shortage Exists
Landlords Increase Rents
By A. F. of L. News Service.
Landlords throughout the United
States are taking advantage of "a sub
stantial housing shortage" to increase
rents, according to a statement by
Morton Bodfish, executive vice presi
dent of the United States Building
and Loan League, with headquarters
in Chicago, in an address before the
delegates to the Fifth International
Congress of Building Societies and
Savings, Building and Loan Associa
tions at Salzburg, Austria.
Albany, N. Y. (ILNS)—Industrial
Commissioner Elmer F. Andrews re
ports that construction work in New
York state employed 3.4 per cent more
workers in August than in July. Pay
rolls advanced 4.5 per cent and man
hours, 4.8 per cent. These statement:
are based on reports of approximately
1,400 contractors who report monthly.
Just Think!
Record Since General
Walkout Last Year
Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Strikes
in the textile industry have been ris
ing in number during recent weeks
and recently peached a total of 29,
the largest number since the general
strike of September, 1934. The strik
ers are mainly small and the num
bers involved are not very large, said
Francis J. Gorman, first vice presi
dent of the United Textile Workers
of America. Nine strikes in the cot
ton industry, four in woolen and
worsted, eight in silk mills, seven in
hosiery and knitting mills, and one in
jute, made up the total.
Seven of the list were in Southern
States, including one hosiery plant
and one silk mill. The remainder
were ineastern and Netw England
President Thomas McMahon, of the
U. T. W. A., stated that there is
shortly to be a drive on in the silk
industry, against the tendency among
these mills to discriminate against
union members, and to extend working
hours while cutting wage rates. The
campaign has begun already, he said,
at Burlington, N. C., and will shortly
be carried into New England under
the direction of Vice President Riviere,
while in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
it will be under the immediate super
vision of President McMahon himself.
The largest strike is at Mooresville,
N. C., where 19 union members were
arrested, and the U. T. W. A. sound
truck operator jailed on three charges
in an effort to tie up the very effective
work of the sound truck itself. One of
\e charges was that of operating a
sound truck without an amusement
license. The local authorities are di
vided, the city council favoring the
union, while the sheriff, mayor and
chief of police are helping the mill
management in every way possible.
The matter has been taken up with
Governor Ehringhouse, with the defi
nite anticipation that the state offi
cials will be told to lay off of the
textile union members, who contribut
ed about 60,000 votes at the last
Pay For Cotton Picking
Rises Following Strike
New Orleans (ILNS)—Though it
is reported that fewer than 1,000 cot
ton pickers have joined a strike to
win a wage of ?1 for picking 100
pounds of cotton in the Memphis and
Arkansas area, a tendency toward a
material increase ih pay to cotton
pickers is already evident. Reports
from scattered counties in Arkansas
say that prices have been raised from
60 to 75 cents per 100 pounds. Okla
homa growers are said to have raised
the wage generally to $1 prior to the
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