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Columbus, Ohio.—Less than a
year ago, Secretary Thomas L. Don
nelly, of the Ohio State Federation of
Labor, joined with the other officers
of the State Federation in register
ing the Ohio branch of the Workers
Education Bureau in the state. This
affirmative action has been followed
by a recent decision of the State Fed
eration of Labor to inaugurate a
statewide program of workers' educa
tion, with the co-operation of the
regional director of the Workers
Education Bureau, Dr. Paul L. Vogt,
whose headquarters are at present in
Detroit. At a recent meeting of the
executive board of the Ohio State
Federation, held here in Columbus,
the initial appropriation of $500 was
made toward the development of this
work and a tentative program of in
stitutes, radio addresses, and union
label exhibits was agreed upon. Dr.
Vogt will spend part of his time in
the next two months in Ohio direct
ing this program and co-operating
with the State Federation of Labor
and its affiliated central bodies and
local unions.
This interest on the part of the
Ohio State Federation of Labor dates
back to an earlier association with
the bureau when Dr. Lloyd Crosgrave
was detailed to Ohio to organize a
traveling circuit a decade ago, among
a number of Ohio cities such as Day
ton, Springfield, and Toledo. During
his stay in Ohio, Dr. Crosgrave serv
ed as the director of workers' educa
tion for the Ohio State Federation of
Labor, and created a considerable
measure of interest in the possibilities
of this work among the leaders as
well as the rank and file in the Ohio
labor movement. On the basis of this
earlier experience and the widespread
need at the present time it is confi
dently anticipated that this plan will
produce some significant results.
Planning Workers' Education
Programs in Ohio and Indiana
Reporting progress in the arrang
ing of a program for the Ohio educa
tional campaign, Dr. Vogt, in a com
munication to the Workers Education
Bureau, speaks briefly of the out
come of a conference held on March
12, in the office of the Ohio State
Federation of Labor, at which a rec
ommendation was adopted for the
holding of a series of institutes dur
ing the months of April, May and
June, 1936 places and dates to be
announced later.
It was also suggested at this meet
ing that a series of radio programs
be given under the auspices of the
State Federation of Labor, co-operat
ing with the Workers Education Bu
South Bend, Ind.—Under the in
itiative of the automobile workers of
South Bend, a program of workers'
education is being developed in co
operation with Dr. Paul L. Vogt,
Nine Texans Defrauded
Government, Is Charge
Fort Worth, Texas (AFLNS)—A
federal grand jury here indicted nine
men, charging conspiracy to defraud
the government by using inferior pipe
and lumber and falsifying payrolls in
constructing Dalworthington Gardens,
a federal subsistence homestead near
Arlington, Texas. Two of the men
were the architect and contractor of
the project. The others were em
Dalworthington Gardens was begun
to help provide homes for men who
already had incomes. Eighty houses
were built and offered for sale with
from three to seven acres each. The
plot would be used by the owner to
increase his income. According to the
plan the houses were to be purchased
at cost with interest at 3 per cent on
the deferred payments running over
30 years.
regional director of the Western
area of the Workers Education Bu
reau, which promises to be one of real
significance in connection with the
development of a program for the
Middle West. It is the plan of this
program to utilize as far as possible
the services of some of the persons
in the emergency workers' educa
tional program in Indiana, as well
as instructors from the neighboring
colleges and universities of the
Scoops U. S. With Wendell
Trenton, N. J. (ILNS)—The Tren
ton Labor News scooped the entire
nation with the story of how Paul H*.
Wendell, disbarred lawyer, had been
arrested on the strength of a "con
fession" of the Lindbergh baby kid
Mrs. Marion C. MacRobert, able
editor of the Labor News, received a
tip" on the story, and after confirm
ing it, the News appeared with the
scoop" early on the morning of
March 27.
The News told how Wendell, once a
politician in Trenton and son of a
minister, was held at Mount Holly as
the result of confessing that he kid
napped the Lindbergh child, who, he
said, died while in his possession.
Later Wendell said he had been
forced to make the confession by tor
ture. The kidnapping and murder
charge against him was dropped but
he was held in jail on an old forgery
A sensation was caused by the
News' account of Wendell's arrest
and crack newspaper men from all
over the nation, here for the execu
tion of Bruno Richard Hauptmann,
convicted murderer of the Lindbergh
baby, could hardly believe their eyes.
They had been completely beaten on
the Wendell arrest and tried their
best to prove the News story was
a fake. They were deeply chagrined
when they learned that the News had
the facts ahead of every daily news
paper in the country.
The Labor News has been put on
the map by the Wendell "scoop" and
Trenton is sitting up and taking no
tice of the paper, which is the official
organ of the Mercer County Central
Labor Union and Building Trades
Sheriff Held at Fault
In Fatal Labor Clash
Astoria, Ore. (ILNS)—A direct
slap at Clatsop county law enforce
ment officials was taken by the county
grand jury meeting here to investigate
the recent fatal labor disturbance at
the Seaside camp of the Crown Wil
liamette Paper Company.
The jury expressed the opinion that
trouble could have been averted had
the sheriff been present at the camp
with additional help when he was
notified that "the raid was to take
place." Thirty-rseven men were in
Sheriff Burns replied, "If the
whole thing happened again, I would
do exactly the same thing. We had
no information that anything but
some disturbance at the picket line
would occur."
Two members of a party consisting
principally of Sawmill and Timber
Workers' Union members were slain
at the Seaside camp, defended by
members of the Sulphite, Pulp and
Paperwork »rs' Union. Each claims
jurisdiction over the loggers.
10 Valuable Prizes
You may win a lathe, electric drill, battery
charger, and tools by buying your parts for that
truck, tractor, gasoline engine, or auto at
Savage Auto Supply Co.
Washington, D. C. (ILNS)—Work
ers in Europe are far below our eco
nomic standards, but they are in
advance of America in questions con
cerning social justice legislation,
George M. Harrison, president of the
Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, said
in an address from Washington over
the Columbia Broadcasting System.
George M. Harrison, Back From Trip Abroad,
Tells of Huge Building Programs in Holland
and England—Finds European Labor in Ad
vance of U. S. on Social Security.
Harrison, who had just returned
from Europe where he represented
the United States on the governing
board of the International Labor
Office, discussed labor conditions in
Europe. After his address, I. M.
Ornburn, secretary-treasurer of the
union label trades department,
American Federation of Labor, spoke
on the importance of the union label.
"In my survey of conditions I
found that almost universally Euro
pean workers enjoy protection against
unemployment, sickness, invalidity,
and old age," Harrison said.
Railways State-Owned
"What struck me most singularly,"
he continued, "was the manner in
which they have dealt with the rail
road problem. Of all the countries
of Europe, there are only two where
the railroads are privately operated,
and this condition has developed be
cause of a long and unsatisfactory ex
perience they had with private owner
ship and operation. On the state
owned railways the employes are civil
servants and they have a permanent
status and are not subject to periodi
cal unemployment because of reces
sions in business as we experience in
this country. They are granted old
age annuities and their conditions of
employment are comparable with
those in our country, although I find
in that field, as in industry generally,
that their wages are relatively lower
than in this country.
"Perhaps one other question would
be of interest to my audience I know
it struck me most forcefully, and that
was the large housing program- which
has been and is being carried on in
Holland. There was a housing pro
gram inaugurated at the conclusion
of the World War to relieve unem
ployment in order to develop a pro
gram that promised success the na
tional government passed legislation
providing" for the organization of
voluntary building and loan societies.
Financing of Program
"The national government provides
50 per cent of the capital, the local
or city government provides 45 pet
cent and the society makes up the re
mainder of five per cent. The loans
advanced by the governments are on
Government Seed
'ousing Progress in Europe
Impresses Union Executive
a basis of four per cent and extended
over a period of 50 years. As the
result of this program- the slums were
demolished and housing facilities
were provided for thousands of fami
"In Amsterdam, Holland, a worker
may obtain a modern, up-to-date
apartment of three rooms for three
and one-half gulden a week, which is
about $2.45 in our currency if he
wants larger quarters up to five or
six rooms, the rate -goes up propor
tionately but I discovered on per
sonal inspection of the homes of a
number of the workers that if the
head of the family is over 65 years of
age ho gets a special reduction of 30
per cent in the fixed scale of rentals.
The homes have every modern con
venience, including radios with a cen
tralized installation, and all that is
necessary is to plug in and get a
Similar Program in England
"England has undertaken a similar
program and I was given to under
stand from people with whom I dis
cussed this question, who ought to
know, that the housing program in
that country has had more to do with
the revival of business than any other
thing they have undertaken. Unem
ployment continues to be bad, but
they are making progress in meeting
that problem.
"Conditions are now badly dis
turbed because of recent complica
tions growing out of the action of
Chancellor Hitler in Germany and 1
should not undertake to forecast
what may develop in that direction."
In ending his talk, Harrison said:
"I gained the definite impression
that the standards of the workers in
Europe are considerably lower than
they are in this country, and in my
opinion we should exercise due dili
gence in safeguarding our standards.
If you see a product in our country
which carries the union label you will
know it was manufactured or pro
duced here under American standards
and that is a better guarantee that
the workers who manufactured that
product are working under more per
fect conditions of unemployment than
if the product is foreign made."
Urges Union Label Buying
Ornburn made a vigorous plea
for shortening of hours and increas
ing of wages and stressed the need
of buying union-made goods and serv
ices to maintain the high standards
of wages, hours and working condi
tions established by American organ
ized labor.
"In addition to the cheap is of
European countries, America is also
facing the keen competition of Ori
ental products." he said. "These
ported products are destroying Amer
ican industry.
HOUSANDS of people will walk over the
Argonne Rug on our sidewalk this
week and next.—giving it more wear than a rug
would get in a home in ten years! If you are plan
ning to buy a rug, be sure to see this test and to
examine the other Masland Argonne Rugs (exactly
the same as the one on the sidewalk) inside our
store. All of them are seamless, woven of selected,
long-staple worsted, with patented Layflex backs
that make them skid-proof. One of the best floor
covering values we've ever offered.
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Sues Gotham Ship Strikers
New York City (ILNS)—Andrew
Furuseth, president of the Interna
tional Seamen's Union of America, has
begun legal action against Joseph
Curran, chairman of the strikers'
committee of the Panama Pacific liner
California, charging misrepresenta
tion on the part of the strikers in
their efforts to effect sympathy
strikes on other Atlantic ships.
President Furuseth's complaint
charged that the committee claimed
to represent the union and to have
the support of the American Federa
tion of Labor in its activities, which
include the picketing of shipline offi
ces and of waterfront piers with pla
cards warning passengers against
traveling on ships manned by "scab"
In a bill of particulars Furuseth
said the union had signed a new wage
agreement with thirty-six ship lines
for 1936 and that the strikers' com
mittee had attempted to disrupt the
union by having the agreement re
The committee has described itself
as a "rank and file committee of the
union,'" whereas union officials do not
support or recognize the committee,
Furuseth said.
If we truly desire to recover, we'll
haw to discover that union-label buy
ing is the only way.
"Iy purchasing these unfair prod
ucts of chiselers and foreigners our
own citizens are increasing unemploy
ment at h«-ne and reducing the size
the pay envelope of everyone who
receives a salary. They are likewise
reducing mass purchasing power,
which is generally agieeii to be the
only nuans of obtaining permanent
«.conomic recovery. The union label
is the best guarantee that goods are
made in America and under fair labor
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