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Zhc 11''is+o FACING the FACTS With PHILIP PEARL The War Labor Board is now tot tering on its last legs. Whether it survives, whether it can have any fu ture usefulness, depends to some extent on whether the Government will continue to let John L. Lewis by pass it. But, in the final analysis, the precarious position of the War Labor Board is not the fault of John L. Lewis. It is the responsibility of its creator, President Roosevelt. Long months ago President Roose velt and his Economic Stabilization Director, Jimmy Byrnes, began under mining the power, prestige and au thority of the War Labor Board. They hedged its scope with decrees, they chained its power with rigid formulas and, finally, they made it a completely helpless puppet. Obviously, the big reason for this was to "stop" John L. Lewis. How ever, Lewis did not fall into the trap. He stepped right around the War La bor Board and refused to have any thing to do with it, knowing that its machinery was geared to kick him in the face. We say this not to praise Lewis. He Is not one of our heroes. He never v:*:~ 422 N. Second St. Phones 62-63 A E I A S I N E S I N V A I A T^SECEND?? /. ,/v srp-ss,,, ©riesmer-tPrlmGo.. PAUL A. SICK FUNERAL HOME DAY AND NIGHT SERVICE jd ^-casatf LLV lahonal Dank c^-HAMILTON. OHIO. A CONSIXYATIY1 BAKX^fWWOU SIKVier MKMBIR rieiKAL QUALITY COALS & COKE DUERSCH COAL CO. Phones I and 586 THE WORST IS YET TO COME has been. But we merely wish to point out again that the strategy of fear will always fail against bullies like Lewis. And the bitter truth is that the emasculation of the War Labor Board was dictated by fear of Lewis. A Bit of Background It is necessary here to go back for a moment to the beginnings of the War Labor Board. It was created, you remember, out of the no-strike pledge jointly entered into by organized la bor and industry at the outset of the war. The President established the War Labor Board to provide the peaceful means of settling all labor disputes without resort to strikes or lockouts in order to, maintain uninter rupted production required by the war effort. It was set up as a tripart ite body, equally representative of the public, of labor and of private indus try. During the first year of operations, the War Labor Board demonstrated its effectiveness. Strikes in war indus tries were reduced to a minimum. Pro duction grew by leaps and bounds. The unions of the country educated their members into the WLB proced ures. The WLB itself corrected many economic injustices and it also firmly refused to make any concessions to unions which had violated the no strike pledge and had shown them selves irresponsible. Thus the WLB contributed to long-range labor sta bility. It held out the promise that workers who lived up to the rules of the game and disciplined themselves would receive a square deal in the end. THE BUTLER COUNTY PRESS Patronize Hamilton Industries LEADING HAMILTON CONCERNS WHO SOLICIT THE CO-OPERATION OF ORGANIZED LABOR AND THEIR FRIENDS ffBTlK DOW HOT BBQinSB ACCOUNTS, BSVOSXTS Nt ntmnxG&zxoy When the President found it neces sary to take stem measures to con trol inflation, including the stabiliza tion of wages, the organized labor movement of America patriotically accepted the facts and went along with his program. This program per mitted wage increases only to correct maladjustments between wages and living costs, to correct inequities and inequalities, to improve substandards of living and to aid in the effective prosecution of the war. SEND MONEY BY REGISTER CHECK IT COSTS LESS THAN AVERAGE MONEY ORDER FIRST NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST CO. IRoster of ©r$atu3attcms HAMILTON LABOR UNIONS Trades and Labor Council .2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Hall No. 1 ..H. H. Howard, 621 Main St. Trades and Labor CoundL Wiley A. Davis, Custodian. Phone 233. Bakers' Union No. 81 .2nd Saturdays, Labor Temple Albert McDaniels, 1330 Shuler Ave. Barbers' Union No. 132 2nd and 4th Mondays, Hall No. 4 E. R. Legg, 326 South Seventh St. Bartenders 169 1st Mon.f 2:80 p. m. 3rd Mon., 7:30 p. m., Labor Temple Chas: Elble, 2764 Benninghofen. Bricklayers No. 11 1st and 3rd Fridays V. M. Lackey, 219 Eaton Ave. Bridge & Struct! Or. Iron Workers....1st Tuesday, Labor Temple ....Qrville Burnett, 24 Lawson Ave. Building Trades Council 1st and 3rd Tuesday Ralph Morningstar, 794 Symmes Ave., Ph. 1529-W City Fire Fighters No. 20 1st Tuesday, T. C. Hall No. 4 Edward Toerner, Engine Co. No. 6 Carpenters and Joiners No. 637 .2nd and 4th Thursdays, Labor Temple....Ralph Morningstar, 794 Symmes. Cigar Makers' Union No. 123 2nd and 4th Mondays, Labor Temple....A. Lombard, 813 Vine St. Culinary Employes & Hotel Service Workers, Local 700....1st-3rd Wed., Labor Temple Agnes Hammond, Secy. Electrical Workers No. 648 1st Wednesday, Labor Temple J. E. Wanamaker, 618 No. Sixth St. Lathers' Local No. 275 ——.—.Meets 1st Wednesday, Labor Temple....Sherman Clear, Secy., 1050 Central. Letter Carriers .3rd Friday Night Ralph E. Wieland, 1332 High St., Ph. 1089-R Laborers and Hod Carriers, No. 770—. J. W. H. Crafton, 202 Owen St. Ph. 33. Machinists' Union No. 241 2nd Sun.- 4th Wed., Labor Temple A1 Breide, 824 Central Ave. Metal Polishers No. 43 Alternate Wednesdays, Labor Temple G. Brandel, 1833 Pleasant Ave. Milk and Ice Cream Drivers and Helpers 3rd Friday, T. C. Hall Ed Dulli, 2255 Noble Ave. Ph. 1635-M. Molders' Union No. 68,,,—.— Every Monday, T. C. No. 1 James V. Nutt, 332 No. Tenth St. Molders' Union No. 283...... 2nd and 4th Fridays, T. C. No. 1 Mack Holland, 1303 S. Thirteenth St. Musicians' Local No. 31 ...1st Sunday Morning, Labor Temple Charles E. Fordyce, 903 Millville Ave. Paint., Dec., Paperhangers No. 135 Every Thursday, Labor Temple Stanley Sloneker, Labor Temple. Paper Makers, No. 49 Ralph Lee, Sec., J. W. Bailey and J. C. Furr, Int'l Rep Headquarters, Labor Temple. Pattern Makers 2nd and 4th Fridays, T. C. Hall Raymond J. Leugers, 1216 Vine St. Plasterers and Cement Finishers No. 214 Labor Temple Adrian Bolser, Hill Ave., R. R. 4. Flumbers' Union No. 108 1st and 3rd Mondays, T. C. Hall Albert Johnson, 931 Ridgelswn Ave. Retail Clerks' Union No. 119....1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Labor Temple Sam K. DanefF, 801 Corwin Ave. Roofers No. 68 4th Wednesday, T. C. Hall David Lyttle, 607 So. Fifth St. Sheet Metal Workers No. 366—.......Alternating Tuesday at Labor Temple....Douglass Rowlett, 337 Pershing Ave Stationary Engineers No. 91.......... 1st Monday, T. C. Hall Wm. Eichel, 1304 Haldimand Ave. Stationary Firemen No. 98 1st Thursday, Labor Temple -...-...O. P. McCormick, 723 Ross Ave. Street Car Men's Local 738 3rd Wednesday, T. C. Hall No. 1 B. B. Siple, 116 No. St. Stove Mounters' Union No. 8 1st and 3rd Fridays, T. C. Hall. Carl Reiter, 2120 Elmo Ave. Stage Employes-Operators, No. 136 1st Monday, T. C. Hall Tom C. Smith, 618 Cleveland Ave. State, County & Municipal Employes, No. 357 Ed. Buckel, Sec., 1176 Shuler Ave. Truck Drivers' Local No. 100 1st Sunday, Labor Temple, Marion Davidson, R. R. 1, Hamilton, Ph. 5669-R Typographical Union No. 290- .2nd Wednesday, Labor Temple Martin Schorr, 701 Gray Ave. Woman's Union Label League.....— Every Other Tuesday, Labor Temple....Mrs. Lottie Butts, 737 Ludlow St. MIDDLETOWN LABOR UNIONS Trades and Labor Council Alternate Thursdays, Trades Council Hall—Sid Dutcher, P. O. Box 226. Middletown Fire Fighters, No. 336. 1st Monday and Tuesday, T. C. Hall....Ed. Beatty, Bellmont St. Barbers' Union, No. 228 4th Monday, Trades Council Hall R. G. Miller, 9 No. Main St. Musicians, No. 321- 1st Sunday, Trades Council Hall Earl Mendenhall, Sec., 720 10th St. Electrical Workers, No. 648....-—......Hamilton -John Wanamaker, Hamilton. Letter Carriers, No. 188 Printing Pressmen, No. 235 .2nd Friday, Trades Council Hall Ralph Bill, 211 Shaffer Ave. Carpenters, No. 1477 Every Monday, Trades Council Hall....Earl Ottervein, Sec., 12 Harrison St. Plumbers and Steamfitters, Np. 510 .2nd Tuesday, Trades Council Hall Earl Conover. Painters and Decorators, No. 643 .2nd Friday, Trades Council Hall Plasterers Local, No. 409 1st Monday, Castell Bldg T. A. Scully, 306 Castell Bldg. Stage Employes, No. 282 Alternate Saturdays, T. C. Hall-— Otto Kaiser, P. O. Box 64. Steam and Operating Engineers, No. 924 Wm. Smart, Dayton, Ohio. Typographical Union, No. 487 1st Monday, Trades Council Hall Harriett DuErmitt, News-Journal. Laborers and Hod Carriers, No. 634....Alternate Wednesdays, T. C. Hall S. J. Anderson, 126 South Broad St. Truck Drivers .Trades Council Hall Sid Dutcher. Building Trades Council Alternate Monday, T. C. Hall Sid Dutcher. Pulp and Sulphite Paper Mill Workers, No. 310 Moose Hall Mabel Whittaker, Charles St. Sheet Metal Workers, No. 141 -J01111 Focht, Jr., Cincinnati. Auto Mechanics-. Trades Council HalL——.————»W. Fox. DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS Molders' Conference Board Chas. L. Huter, 419 Roosevelt Ave., Piqua, O. Sta. Engineers—. Frank P. Converse, 216 High, Cleveland, Ohio. HAMILTON BUSINESS AGENTS Bartenders Chas. Elble, Labor Temple. Building Trades CounciL——Joe Spaulding, 901 Minor Ave., Ph. 2852-W Culinary Employes & Hotel Service Workers Charles Elble. Electrical Workers Frank Vidourek, 146 Pershing Ave., Ph. 1024-W. Molders Jerry Galvin, 605 W. Norman Ave., Dayton, Ohio. Carpenters Joe Spaulding, 901 Minor Ave. Lathers' Local No. 275 Sherman Clear, 1050 Central Ave. Machinists No. 241 H. H. Howard, 621 Main St. Ph. 4443. Milk & Ice Cream Drivers & Helpers....Ed Dulli, 2255 Noble Ave. Ph. 1635-M. Painters Ed. J. Engler, 425 S. Thirteenth St. Ph. 3970-R. Pattern Makers. Art. Brandhoff, 241 Cleveland Ave. Ph. 541. Plasterers & Cem. Fin., No. 214, Ed Motzer, 322 Harrison Ave., Ph. 1133-J Roofers' Local No. 68 David Lyttle, 507 So. Fourth St. Plumbers .Raymond P. Keck, 231 Washington St. Stage Employes Neil Johnson, 201 S. Monument. Ph. 2620-J. Moving Picture Operators....Eugene Stempfley, Overpeck, Ohio. Ph. 191-M-3. MIDDLETOWN BUSINESS AGENTS Carpenters Wm. Crispin, Wionna Drive, Avalon, Trades Council Hall Building Trades Sid Dutcher, P.^). Box 226. Painters Ed Engler 425 S. 13th, Hamilton. Movie Operators Ben Francis, 119 Moore St. Stage Employes.....— Clarence Long, North Broad. Electrical Workers —.——....Frank Vidourek, Hamilton. Truck Drivers —————. Sid Dutcher. Laborers and Hod Carriers, No. 534—S. J. Anderson, 125 South Broad St. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION International Organization Plasterers..——Tom A. Scully, 806 Castell Bldg. STATE ORGANIZATIONS A««n Ohio Fire Fighters, R. M. Lukens. S.W.D. V.-Pres., 507 Lincoln Ave. The Fatal Blow But, the moment John L. Lewis sounded off with his demands for a $2 a day wage increase for his miners, the Administration took fright. It changed the rules of the game. The public members of the WLB were warned not to grant any wage in crease without the prior approval of Byrnes. Obviously an attempt was being made to build up a backlog of precedents with which to justify a denial of Lewis' demands. Finally, the v A ff. **p' rBDBBAXi DBF08XT IHSTOAXTCB GOBV. LaVerne J. Knox, 1008 Hughes St. 1 President shut down on the Board al together and issued an Executive Order which stripped the WLB of practically all of its powers to ap prove wage increases. That is how the WLB was dealt a fatal blow. It is doubtful, now, wheth er it can recover. Certainly, if Lewis is permitted to circumvent the Board the workers of the country will lose all respect for it. The Board recognizes its vulner ability. In certifying the coal miners' case to the President for action, after Lewis refused to have anything to do with its fact-finding investigation, the WLB issued a statement which should be read by every American worker. The statement may turn out to be the swan song of the WLB. Nevertheless, it was a cogent affirmation of the principles upon which the agency was founded—principles which will con tinue to be sound and unshakeable no matter what happens to the Board it self. In ihsisting that the miners' case, like all other wage disputes, must come before the WLB for final decision, the statement concluded: "It is the unanimous conviction of the Board that any departure from these proceedings in this particular case would destroy the entire plan for the peaceful settlement of labor dis putes during the war." It is still not too late for the Gov ernment to heed this warning. President Approves $25,970 Allotment President Roosevelt approved a $25970 allotment to the Hamilton board of education for the operation of six nursery schools for children whose mothers are employed in war industries, according to announce ment by Harry P. Jeffrey, representa tive to congress from the Third Ohi& district, which includes Butler County? COAL FROM THE ANDERSON SHAFFER COMPANY DELIVERED BY Union Drivers GIVE US A TRIAL You WiU Be Satisfied! Phones 47 and 160 TRADES COUNCIL The Hamilton Co-operative Trades and Labor Council met Tuesday night with President Ralph Morningstar presiding. w e n y-three delegates were present. The credentials of Arlen Angel to represent Molders' Union No. 283, for twelve months were read and delegate was installed. Communications were read from Fresno Labor Council, Fresno, Cali fornia, U. S. Department of Labor, Washington, D. C., regarding absen teeism, and one from the Ohio State Federation of Labor, Columbus, Ohio, requesting council to send telegrams to representatives asking them to de feat House Bill 193. Treasurer Chas. Chapin reported that he is in possession of tax re ceipts which have been paid. The chair announced that he has selected George Brandel, Ray Cald well, H. H. Howard, Ed Engler and himself as the new Legislative Com mittee. Marian Davidson stated that the Brown-Williamson Tobacco Company, Louisville, Ky., manufacturers of union labeled Raleigh cigarets, will send cigarets to any veterans hos pital designated if smokers would send them one tobacco label. Davidson suggested that the trustees be in structed to place a box in the lobby where these stamps could be placed. H. H. Howard offered a motion that the recording secretary keep a record of all committees appointed, the names of the committees, the purpose, time of appointment and when dis charged. The motion was adopted. Ray Caldwell delegate from Mold ers' No. 68 reported that his organi zation will go along with 15 of their members on all legislative matters detrimental to labor. After all business was transacted the meeting adjourned and the next council meeting will be held Tuesday, May 25th. Right Granted For Second Pipeline Preliminary steps for a second West-End oil pipeline, paralleling the 24-inch line now being laid in Butler County and elsewhere in Ohio, were taken here when the War Emergen cies Pipeline, Inc., a subsidiary of the Defense Plant Corporation, obtained permission of Butler County Commis sioners to lay the new line under 36 county highways. The first line enters Butler County in Morgan Township near Okeana, by-passes Hamilton to the north, goes through Excello, four miles south of Middletown and enters Warren Coun ty near Blueball. Quarters Sought For Pipe-Line Men Middletown, Ohio. Living quar ters for 300 men who will arrive here about June 1 to work on the Butler County section of the new East-West oil pipe line are being sought by the Bureau of Commerce. H. J. Schaeffer, Secretary, said the workers would remain here about two months. He requested that persons having spare rooms for rent, or de siring boarders, notify his office in the Civic Association Building. QMC Collects Tin Scrap The Quartermaster Salvage units in Army camps collected more than 3,600,000 pounds of tin scrap during November, the War Department re pox-ts. This is double the October total and 150 times the amount salvaged 5 months ago. Joe Jenks sayi ,1 I 'mil 'I IIH. THIS PENKY SHORTAGE IS SERlOUSMFYOUFfE HOARDING 'ANY, PUT 'EM RIGHT INTO WAR STAMPS. THEY'LL BE y00lN6 DOUBLE DUTY THEN!