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Endorsed by the Trades and Labor
Council of Hamilton, Ohio
Endorsed by the Middletown Trades
and Labor Council of Middletown, O.
In spite of repeated pleas by Gov
ernor Lehman and President Roose
velt, the assembly of the New York
legislature has turned down the reso
lution approving the child labor
amendment to the national constitu
tion. It was beaten by a vote of 102
to 42. Party lines vanished and 41
democrats joined with 61 republicans
in the wreck.
It is a mournful spectacle for those
who know how much national action
on this question is needed, and re
member that the supreme court de
clared the federal child labor law un
constitutional. But as an argument
for President Roosevelt's plan to re
vitalize the federal courts and partic
ularly the supreme court, it could
hardly be rivaled.
For the child labor amendment has
been before the country for the last
13 years, and is not adopted yet. The
resolution for this amendment passed
the house of representatives on April
26, 1923, by a vote of 197 to 69. it
passed the senate, June 2 of the same
year by a vote of 61 to 23. In 13
years it has been ratified by 28 states,
and four of the ratifications have come
since January 1 of this year.
This shows what an organized and
well financed minority can do in hold
ing up a constitutional amendment.
The minority which would fight a con
stitutional amendment giving con
gress tiie powers always held by
every other national legislature would
be fought by a much more tightly or
ganized and better financed minority
than that which has blocked the child
labor amendment.
And the set-up for blocking an
amendment i. almost perfect. An
amendment, to become effective, must
be ratified by 36 states. Thirteen
states can defeat it. At the census
of 1930, the nation contained 122,775,
000 inhabitants, in round numbers
and the 13 states of Arizona, Dela
ware, Idaho, Montana, New Hamp
shire, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Utah, Vermont and Wyoming had to
gether 4,500,000 inhabitants—3,4 per
cent of the total.
In other words, a majority of thi
3.4 per cent of the American people,
rightly distributed, can defeat an
amendment to the constitution de
manded by any kind of majority in the
other 96.6 per cent.
The president's court plan is a nec
essity, to be put in effect at this ses
sion of congress. A constitutional
amendment is a safeguard to be con
sidered later.
All the publicity on recent strikes
may be giving the general public the
impression that the workers are win
ning nothing except through striking.
On the contrary, labor—that is, organ
ized labor—is constantly winning bet
ter pay, fewer hours, improvements
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Germany will be able to produce all
the gasoline she needs synthetically
within 15 months, National Fuel Di
rector J. Werlin is boasting. Werlin
says that in 1935 the nation produced
925,000 tons of gasoline from German
raw materials, mostly hydrogented
:*oal, amounting to 45 per cent of the
total quantiy consumed. The ratio
has been rising steadily, he said, until
in 15 months Germany will be entirely
self-sustaining as to gasoline needs.
Werlin also predicted that German
ynthetic rubber eventually will dis
place the natural product.
A government for the people de
pends for its success on the intelli
gence, the morality, the justice, and
'.he interest of the people themselves.
—Grover Cleveland.
Chapman to Order Wage
Standard for Hotels
(By Ohio Labor New? Service)
Columbus. Ohio.—Ora B. Chapman,
tate director of industrial relations,
will soon issue mandatory orders to
set up minimum wage scales for
women and minors in all Ohio food
and lodging establishments under
provisions of the state minimum wage
The announcement came at the con
clusion of a hearing last week on a
"directional" order under which the
minimum wage code is now operat
ing. No penalty is attached to a
'directional" order for failure to
comply, but a mandatory order will
permit court action against offenders.
Adjustment of definitions govern
ing part-time and full-time employes
will be made to overcome serious ob
jections of employers to discrepancies
arising out of the present provisions
before the mandate is issued, Direc
tor Chapman announced.
Under present provisions it would
be possible for a part-time worker to
be employed one hour per week less
than a fuli-time employe and be en
titled to considerably more pay.
Columbus, Ohio (OLNS)—Judge G.
H. Thorne, representative to the 92nd
general assembly from Greene county,
died at bis home at Bellbrook last
week of pneumonia, following an ill
ness of one week. Judge Thorne was
71 years of age, and was the first
democratic representative ever elected
to the general assembly from his
county. His death was the first in the
ranks of the members of the 92nd
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At st meeting held by the Co-Operative Trades and Labor Council,
Tuesday night, March 16, 1937, the following resolution was read and.
unanimously adopted!
WHEREAS, There has arisen a controversy in the ranks of the
American Labor Movement in regard to the method and procedure
of 'Organization of the working men and women of America and
WHEREAS, There has been and is now a wide difference of opin
ion as to whether or not the contending groups engaged in the instant
controversy as to the fealty of those organizations chartered by the
American Federation of Labor, known as the parent body of the organ
ized labor movement of America and
WHEREAS, The Co-Operative Trades and Labor Council of
Hamilton. Ohio, being a chartered union of the American Federation
of Labor, is called upon to decide whether or not we desire to renew
our oath of allegiance to the American Federation of Labor or.to a
dual organization therefore, be it
RESOLVED, The Co-Operative Trades and Labor Council of
Hamilton, Ohio, and its affiliated local unions and building trades
unions affiliated, renew our belief that the American Federation of
Labor and its president and executive board as now constituted exem
plify the American ideals of trades unionism and we renew our pledge
of loyalty and devotion to the aims and objectives of the American
Federation of Labor, and pledge this body to renew our efforts to the
end that the working peoples of this community and of the Nation
may secure the greatest benefits possible for labor and services
performed and be it further
RESOLVED, The Co-Operative Trades and Labor Council pledges
there will not be admitted to membership any representatives of
organizations not directly affiliated with the American Federation
of Labor.
in working conditions, through nego
tiations with employers, conducted
without fanfare and first page head-,
Reports received at national and in
ternational union headquarters in
Washington and elsewhere tell the
story of these gains through organi
zation and peaceful bargaining. Rep
resentatives of the workers sit down
with the employers, state their case,
listen to the employers' objections.
Thorough discussion follows, often at
a series of meetings. The end is us
ually a substantial gain for the work
ers, w-ithout stoppage of work.
Submitted by
STANLEY OGG, Delegate I. M. U. N. A. No. 68.
The Cherry
W"« Where with our
Little Hatchet
we tell the truth
about many things, sometimes pro
foundly, sometimes flippantly,
sometimes recklessly
Nothing has so completely and con
vincingly shown the utter stupidity
of big employers as the expose of the
La Follette committee of the labor
spy business, or, shall we we say
There are a thousand examples, but
take one: RCA pays $6,000 a year as
salary and more than $20,000 a year
as expenses, to a man whose influ
ence in labor is a complete zero, and
whose advice apparently was worth
som€thin„ k ss than a thin dime.
Theie is nothing at all new in the
fact that men have contrived to be
seen in the company of union official
and who have, by such slight optical
evidence, created for themselves a
market value of sizable proportions
Up to now nobody ever knew the
price of this kind of tripe per pound.
Well, as the saying has it, now it
comes out. The La Follette committee
record is full of it—and full of a num
ber oi interesting salary figures, such
as that just given.
The queer thing about employers
of that type is that they are willing
to pay fancy amounts for advice that
must be bad. It couldn't be otherwise
These fellows seem to like bad ad
vice and to pay a high price for it.
They could get free, gratis and for
nothing, all the good advice there is.
But do they take the free good
advice? No, not they. They go around
the corner where some smoothie whis
pers hokum to them from the south
west corner of a crooked or deceitful
or silly mouth—and down into their
cash pocket they go.
The same kind of suckers used to
hang around medicine tent shows
thirty years ago. They didn't wear as
good clothes, but "at heart they were
brothers of the current big busine^
Nothing much can be done about it.
While employers of a certain type
can escape unionism, they will pay
quacks in the hope that their dicta
torial hides can be saved.
After unionism comes^they seem
to conclude that the inevitable wasn't
so bad after all.
It is always a question whether
the dicks and finks and punks who
carry blackjacks, who scab and rat
and sneak, are any worse than the
white collar, soft shoe gang that ped
dles expert "industrial advice," like
this $25,000 beauty paid by RCA. It
is a question a moot question.
Except that the fink on the job has
to more or less stand out in the open.
Now and then he serves as a brick
stopper, which leaves him with a
hangover headache. He does, in a
way, take a chance.
Well, it takes all kinds of queer fish
The world moves on and, moving
on, washes out quite a few of the
stains placed upon it by some of the
trespassers on this terrestrial ball.
And freedom does gain ground.
Which is as it should be.
But now and then, as we move along
in the march toward better things,
there are spots which we pass with
Sit Down" Closes Reo
Motor Company Plant
Lansing, Mich. (ILNS)—Officials
of Reo Motor Co. refused to confer
with the United Automobile Work
ers in an effort to settle a sit down
strike, which closed the Reo plant
to 2,000 workers.
In a formal statement the company
indicated the plnat will remain closed
until strikers make some concessions
in their demands, and said the com
pany would not grant sole collective
bargaining rights to the U. A. W.
The strike was pronounced 100 per
cent effective by Lester E. Washburn,
president of the Lansing local of the
UAW, and head of the Reo employes'
bargaining committee.
Demands of the strikers, Washburn
said, include recognition in collective
bargaining, a 40-hour week and an
8-hour day, straight seniority, mini
mum wages of 70 cents an hour, with
time and a half for overtime, and ad
justments in working conditions.
San Francisco Union Want
Picketing Ordinance Ended
A big campaign to repeal the anti
picketing ordinance of San Francisco,
Calif., is being carried on by the or
ganized labor movement of that city.
The ordinance was enacted twenty
years ago when a group of union la
bor haters combined to fight oi'gan
ized labor and the workers generally
secured control of the city govern
They succeeded in hoodwinking the
voters into approving the measure by
clever use of the slogan that peaceful
pickeing is impossible. The policy was
made effective during some of the hys
teria generated by the World War
Since then organized labor in San
Francisco has been deprived of th
right to defend union labod living
standards by the method of picketing
A special municipal election will IK
held on March 9 to vote on the repc.i
J. E. Spielman, Minnesota
State Printer, Is Deac
St. Paul, Minn. (AFLNS)—Organ
ized labor in Minnesota mourns the
death of State Printer John E. Spiel
man, who died of pneumonia in St
Paul. From the time he came to the
United States from Rumania at the
age of 20 years he played an active
part in the labor movement. For
many years he was an organizer for
the Minneapolis Trades and Labor
Assembly, and had been an interna
tional official of the Brotherhood of
Bookbinders. At the time of his death
he was president of the Twin City
Bookbinders' Union.
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HEADACHE, Acid Indigestion,
Colds, Neuralgia, Muscular, Rhea*
Tiiixtlc, Sciatic Paina. Pleasant—
tastes like mineral water
1 w
to make this a halfway human world
only it is so hard at times to find
out just what is human about the
queerest of the queer fish. Their re
semblance to one of the more repul
sive members of the quadraped family
is so much more obvious.
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For Gains in Canadian Re
lief Rolls
Ottawa (ILNS)—The fact that
while during the past year industrial
employment in Canada increased by
4.4 per cent, the number of persons on
relief increased 6 to S per cent, has
led to allegations that relief has be
come a racket. However, the Family
Welfare Council finds reasons why the
increase in employment has not been
rapid enough to reduce the relief
The increased demand for workers
has been met partly by young people,
and workers who while unemployed
were able to live on their savings or
were maintained by their relatives.
Employers have been reluctant to
take on persons who have been on
relief for any considerable time.
Another factor is that elderly men
in jobs are holding on to them longer
than_usual because the value of their
investments shrank or vanished dur
ing the depression. There is also the
circumstances that the percentage of
families coming to the end of their
resources and being forced on relief
has continued to increase. Again, the
complete, or partial failure of crops
in the drought areas continued last
The allegations that relief has be
come a racket are evidently designed
to px*omote hostility to the unem
ployed. They are directed against
smart counsellors of municipalities
rather than against individual re
cipients. One municipality, it is
charged, used its provincial grants
for relief to pay indigent workers to
cut wood and sold the wood at a
profit. The municipality happened to
Ambulance Service
Phone 35
habit forming, Nott-Laxaltvo—
not depress the heart.
Get Alka-Seitzer at jwr Arog
store in 30c and 60c pactajp^ toff
home use, or ask for a
Alka-Seli*er at any drug el«r*»
Is listed as unfair to Organized Labor and Friends
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Robert G.Taylor Mortuary
Funeral Directors
$25 to $1,000 Step-Down Payments.
to $1,000.
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be bankrupt, and its officials found a
way to keep themselves off relief.
The other three cases of "rackets*^
mentioned also indicate the despera
tion of municipal authorities strug
gling with the burden of relief.
Girl Shirt Makers
Strike For More Pay
Lebanon, Pa. (ILNS)—The Warren
Shirt Company plant stopped opera*
tions when 150 girl operators sat
down the second shirt factory to
close in this town in a very short
time. The Kantor was the first.
Both strikes have been for higher
wages. The Warren girls say that
they get only $2 for an 11-hour day.
They work from 6 in the morning to
5:30 in the afternoon, with only 30
minutes off for lunch. They have
taken three pay cuts in the past two
Anton Rakow, general manager and
part owner, refuses to negotiate "un
til the issues are crystallized."
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C. J. PARRISH, Secy.
Bill Finn's Cafe
3rd and Court
Chairs and Tables Rented
17 So. Street
AUTO FINANCING: When you buy a car
new or used The City Loan will finance it up
to 24 months or even longer time Purchases
SPECIAL FARM PLAN: Farmers who need
financing right now to get ready for the busy sea-
son ahead are using our special "Barnyard" plan
with terms payable after harvest amounts $25
PURCHASE LOANS: Buy new clothes, new
household equipment buy whatever you need
with cash and save monev The City Loan
will finance you to the limit
CARL W. SANOR, Manager
118 High Street Phone 3663 Hamilton, Ohio

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