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Communists
File for Slate
In Chicago
58,351 Signatures Are
Collected to Place
Nominees on Ballot
(Daily Worker Midwest Bureau)
CHICAGO. 111., Feb. 27.—Having
collected 58.351 signatures to place
its candidate on the ballot, the
Communist Party today filed peti
tions with the Board of Election
Commissioners for a City Ticket,
which includes Karl Lockner for
Mayor and Herbert Newton for
City Clerk, and Samuel Hammers
mark for City Treasurer.
The gathering of the signatures
was a triumph achieved by the un
flagging efforts of hundreds of
Communist Party members who
worked ten and twelve hours a day
collecting the 57,000 signatures re
quired by law.
The Socialist Party announced
today that it could not file a peti
tion of candidates, not having suc
ceeded in getting the required sig
natures. The signature law is de
signed to keep working class par
ties off the ballot.
Preliminary reports today indi
cate that the workers’ candidate in
the 21st Ward, Martin Miskerisk, is
running second.
The task is now to prevent the
city authorities from disqualifying
the petitions, as was done in the
aldermanic elections, where 23
workers' candidates out of 29 were
ruled off the ballot.
10 Convicted
In Oklahoma,
12 More Held
OKLAHOMA CITY. Okla., Feb.
27.—Ten unemployed workers, who
were arrested after a demonstration
last May and held on charges of
“conspiracy to overthrow the gov
ernment,” were convicted here
before Judge Edward Vaught
at the Federal District Circuit
Court. An appeal has been filed
by the International Labor Defense
and a new trial will be held next
Saturday.
On the day before the conviction,
United States District Attorney W.
C. Lewis introduced his single piece
of testimony. The “evidence” con
sists of a letter from Joe K. Pask
van to Mrs. William Conner of
Oklahoma City, stating that ha was
coming to help organize the unem
ployed struggles for relief.
Twelve other workers still face
trial for having addressed protests
to the trial judge. Since their ar
rest on Feb. 6. District Attorney
Lewis has been searching for “Her
bert Benjamin’s right hand man,”
who, Lewis declares, is in Oklahoma
City. Despite the terror, the Com
munist Party, the Unemployment
Councils and the International La
bor Defense have redoubled their
activities. Now Lewis has declared
that Herbert Benjamin is in Okla
homa City, and has ordered his ar
rest on sight. Orders also call for
the arrest of any known Commu
nist at once.
Union Backs Workers’ Bill
GREAT FALLS, Mont., Feb. 27.
—Local 286, United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners, and the
local Building Trades Councils here
have endorsed the Workers Unem
ployment, Old Age and Social In
surance Bill. H.R. 2827, and sent
their resolutions to Representatives
at Washington.
WHAT’S ON
Philadelphia, Pa.
Ofrand Concert *nd Bazaar. Aus
piw ftnemirioymwt Councils of
Philadelphia. Friday and Saturday
ere*., March 1 and 3 at Olympia
Arana. Broad and Balnbridge Bts.
CHamorour entertainment. Puppet
Shew, Play, Dancing, Music, Na
tional Speaker. Sergei Radamsky and
Maria Badamsky. Proceeds for pub
lication of newspaper for the unem
ployed. Adm. 35c for both erenings.
Come and enjoy with us % concert
and banquet with attractive pro
gram and delicious eats at 4901
Thompson St., on Saturday evening.
8 pm.. March 3. C. P. Unit 303.
Adm. IBe.
Protest Meeting against Governor
Earle’s new tax proposal at William
Penn Hall. 5117 Master St.. Thurs
day, Feb 28. 8 p.m. Unemployment
Council of 4901 Thompson Bt.
“News from the Soviet Union.” At
tend the Open Porum on Thursday,
Peb. 38, at 8 p.m. at the S.W. cor.
sth and Moore sts. Adm. free. Aus
pices: S. Phila. Br. P.S.U.
Young Worker and Daily Worker Red
Press Concert and Dance ■will take
place on Saturday, April 8 at 4035
Girard Ave. Ausp Sec. 3, W. Phila.
All working class organizations are
asked to keep this date open.
Cleveland, Ohio
Red Wedding to be held on March
3. at 8615 Wade Park. Dancing
from 8 p.m. to wee hours of the
morning. Door prize, radio, plenty
of refreshments and the donation is
15c. All welcome.
Newark, N. J.
Halt! Newark organization* don't
arrange affair* March 17, Paris
Oommun* Day. Extraordinary ex
hibit, Oropper. Burek, Del. Marsh.
Nigob, noted concert pianist. Admis
sion 35c.
Chicago, 111.
A nlte of merriment In honor of
Section Organizers. Rubey Cooper,
former, and Bill Sennett.. present.
Saturday, March 3. * pm. at the
Italian Workers Club, 730 Kedzie
Ave. Entertainment, refreshments,
dancing to music by Duke Croswells
Orchestra. Adm. aoe.
A big Banquet and Dance will be
held Saturday. March 3. at Holly
wood Hall, 3417 W. 43d St. The pro
ceeds are for the Communist Party
Election Campaign. Excellent floor
show, prominent speakers, • Chop
Buey dinner, entertainers, etc All
workers of Chicago are Invited to
attend.
Pursuit tjf Happiness Ends. Saturday,
March 3 and 7 p.m. at 2739 W Divi
sion St. Dancing, singing, music,
refreshments. Adm. 31c. including
tax. 3 for 31c. Don't miss a swell
time. Ausp.: C.P. Sec. 9.
Celebration of the L'Dnits Operaia
Quotidians, The Italian Daily paper!
Sunday, March 10. 3 p.m. at Turner
Hall, Roosevelt, and Western Aves.
Adm. 35e at door. 35c in adv. Good
program arranged Dancing until late
hours to the music of Alabama Or
chestra.
Communists Urge Unity
In Fight Against Ohio
Anti-Labor Legislation
Send Letter to Unions
and Socialist Party
in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 27.
With plans for a drive against the
trade unions and all militant work
ing-class organizations just re
vealed in the exposure of the ”Se
cret Seven” Committee of the
Chamber of Commerce, a call for a
united front to defeat all criminal
syndicalism and reactionary legis
lation was issued yesterday to the
Socialist Party and the Cleveland
Federation of Labor by the Com
munist Party.
The Cleveland Federation of La
bor has just passed a resolution
denouncing the Ohio Criminal Syn
dicalist Law.
In the statement for the Com
munist Party, addressed to the
officers and delegates of the Cleve
land Federation of Labor and all
affiliated unions, and to the County
Executive and branches of the So
cialist Party, John Williamson
points to the growing menace
against the organized labor move
ment and urges immediate, prac
tical action on the following issues:
Action Urged
1. For immediate repeal of the
Ohio Criminal Syndicalist laws.
2. Against all bills aimed at the
elimination of any working class
political party from the ballot.
3. For a movement for the im
mediate repeal of sales tax.
4. Prohibition of all anti-labor
injunctions. For defense of trade
onions.
5. For Unemployment Insur
ance. as introduced in the Work
ers Bill. H.R. 2827 and in Ohio
State Legislature, H. B. 136.
Emphasizing the speed with
which reaction is organizing its
anti-labor drive, the Communist
Party declares “that unity of all
forces in this hour of open shop
attacks and reaction is a burning
necessity, and we appeal to the
Cleveland Federation of Labor and
the Socialist Party to initiate to
gether with us and any other or
ganizations genuinely interested in
the problems before labor, to unite
on all or any one of these Issues
which affect us daily."
“The numerous attacks,” the
statement continues, upon Cleve
land workers and the organized
trade union movement has received
definite encouragement from the
recently issued report of the Cham
ber of Commerce’s “Secret Seven.”
To Break Unions
"This ‘Secret Seven’ document is
issued at this time precisely because
the workers are determined by use
of their organized union strength
to resist the new attacks of em
ployer and government on wages,
living conditions and the A. F, of
L. unions. These attacks are em
bodied most dramatically in the ex
tension of the Auto Code and the
newly signed cigarette code. These
new attacks of the Roosevelt Gov
ernment and its varied N.R.A.
boards is open support to the in
dustrialists open shop drive.
“Cleveland’s workers have re
cently been confronted with the
issuance of the most vicious injunc
tions against them. To the already
increasing cost of living is added
the sales tax. The much heralded
“work relief” plan is really a
means of battering down the union
wage scale. Unemployment insur
ance without taxing the laborer, has
been denounced.
“Now comes the ‘Secret Seven’
with its heresy hunting campaign
against all labor, demanding en
forcement of the Criminal Syn
dicalist Laws and new laws aimed
against all who struggle. The Se
cret Seven talk much about the ac
tivities of the Communists who are
against, company unions and in
favor of the workers joining the
A. F. of L. union and making them
Roosevelt's Work Relief Wage Is Blow At All Trade Unionism
By Louis Weinstock
Secretary, A.F.L. Trade Union Com
mittee for Unemployment Insurance
The *4,800,000,000 Works Relief
program proposed by the adminis
tration was adopted by the U. S.
Senate with an amendment for the
prevailing scale wages by 44 to 43
votes.
The adoption of this bill was a
defeat for the administration. The
original proposal by Mr. Roosevelt
provided for a *SO maximum month
ly wage for 130 hours of work for
all relief workers; in other words,
a 38 cent hourly wage scale for all
building trades workers in the U. S.
When the bill came up before Con
gress, through gag rule the amend
ment calling for a prevailing scale
of wages was defeated.
The clause providing for the pre
vailing scale of wages was included
in the Senate Appropriations Com
mittee, but after an appeal to the
senators by Mr. Roosevelt, the
amendment was reconsidered and
taken out of the bill. Then it came
up before the Senate where the pre
vailing scale of wages was included
in the bill and adopted,
Mr. Roosevelt, however, indicated,
that irrespective of the action of
the Senate, if the prevailing scale
of wages is included, he will veto
the bill. To save Mr. Roosevelt fur
ther embarrassment, after the bill
was passed in the Senate, a motion
was made to turn the bill over to
the Senate Appropriations Commit
tee for reformations.
Not What Workers Demand
While the Senate defeated the
open wage slashing proposal of
Roosevelt to place maximum relief
wages at *SO. they did not pass the
scale demanded by the workers.
They passed an amendment to
Roosevelt’s bill for the "prevailing”
wage scale. This "prevailing” wage
is not necessarily the union wage,
and in the south, for example, is
far below union wßges. The work
ers demand that Congress so amend
the bill as to provide the prevailing
3,000 F.E.R.A. Men
On Strike in Toledo
For Higher Wages
TOLEDO, Ohio. Feb. 27
About 3.000 F. E. R. A. workers
are now striking here against the
Roosevelt slave wage relief rates
and against the general Roose
velt assault upon living standards
of the workers.
“The strike may become the
biggest and most widespread in
the history of the county among
building workers on relief proj
ects." said President Fred Payne
of the Toledo Central Labor
Union and manager of the Brick
layers Union Local 3 which called
the strike. All building craft
workers in the city have an
nounced their support of the
strike, and the Central Labor
Union has endorsed the walk
out.
real instruments of struggle for
better conditions and for defeating
company union. We Communists
do not deny this.
“But we emphasize that the at
tacks of the Chamber of Commerce
are directed against the entire
labor movement against every
struggle of the laboring class and.
therefore, are of concern to every
one.
Serious Danger
“The sharpened attacks, both lo
cally and nationally, against the
trade unions and the entire labor
movement, creates a very critical
situation if not answered by a pow
erful effort of the working class.
The whole trade union movement
and everj’ working-class organiza
tion is in the most serious danger.
“We Communists greet the action
of the Cleveland Federation of La
bor at its last meeting in calling
for the repeal of the Ohio Criminal
Syndicalist Law. We greet the
militant action of the auto workers’
locals affiliated to the A. F. of L.
who have correctly decided upon a
mass organization drive into the
unions and for a fighting interna
tional of auto workers within the
A. F. of L. We greet the steadily
increasing number of labor unions
supporting the Workers Unemploy
ment Insurance Bill, H. R. 2827 in
the National Congress and H. B.
136 in the Ohio Legislature.
“We urge your favorable action
on these points as in the interests
of all workers, unions and their or
ganization. The specter of Fascism
already teaches us that these people
declare war not only upon Commu
nists but upon Socialists, trade
unionists and all militant workers.
Now is the time to forge a powerful
joint action of labor.
“We are ready to cooperate with
everybody,” the statement con
cludes. “no matter what political
opinion they may have, who place
or* question uppermost—how to
strengthen trade unions and destroy
the company unions: how to make
the unions powerful fighting organs
for improving conditions; how to
defeat the activities of the Cham
ber of Commerce and its ‘Secret
Seven’ and all of its anti-labor
legislation.
“We stand ready to confer with
you or any authorized representa
tives, ter further elaborate our posi
tion and to work out the ways and
means of establishing in Cleveland
one solid front of labor against the
Chamber of Commerce.”
Anti-Fascist Meeting
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Feb. 28.
The mobilization of Italian fascism
for the murderous war on Abys
sinia will be protested here today
by a mass meeting at 1208 Tasker
Street, at 8 p. m. All workers are
invited and admission Is free. The
meeting will be held under the
auspices of the Italian Buro of the
Communist Party and the South
Philadelphia, section of the Com
munist Party.
scale of union wages, and that the
minimum wage for all those on work
relief be *IOO a month for skilled,
and *BO a month for unskilled work
ers.
While discussions were going on
in the House, in the Appropriations
Committee and also in the Senate,
labor organizations all over the
country, trade unions, building
trades locals, Unemployment Coun
cils and other organizations show
ered telegrams and letters on the
Senators and Congressmen urging
them to vote against the 38 cent
hourly scale and asking them to in
clude in the bill the prevailing union
scale of wages. Every single con
gressman and senator received such
letters.
Green Accepts Low Pay
The pressure from below was so
great that even the Executive Coun
cil of the A. F. of L., headed by
William Green, was forged to ap
pear before the Senate Appropria
tions Committee and plead for the
inclusion of the prevailing scale of
wages in the bill. Mr. Green in his
testimony before this committee
made no attack against the whole
scheme of Roosevelt to further re
duce the living standard of the
workers.
He was even willing to accept a
S4O monthly wage scale as long as
it was based on the prevailing scale
of wages. When Senator McCarran
asked Mr. Green whether it would
be possible to employ three and one
half million unemployed workers at
the prevailing scale of wages. Mr.
Green replied that at *4O a month,
instead of *SO as proposed by the
administration, it would be possible
to employ more than three and one
half million workers. Mr. Green
also said that the administration
has a perfect right to pay S4O, since
this would discourage workers from
seeking relief jobs. Mr. Green, in i
making such a statement, joined
with those who claim that workers I
prefer federal jobs to private jobs.
The important thing that Green j
DAILY WORKER, NEW YFRK. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 19J5
Arizona Bill
Makes Crime
Os Criticism
Everett Central Labor
Council Assails Anti-
Labor Bill
PHOENIX. Ariz., Feb. 27.—The
right of the American people to
criticize and protest government
policies and acts is denied in a bill
introduced in the Arizona House by
Representative J. Melvin Goodson,
of Maricopa County, prohibiting
“Communistic or other radical
meetings at which the government
; is denounced.”
Violation of the proposed anti
labor law would be punishable by
| imprisonment of from one to 14
years.
Protests should be sent to Gov
ernor B. B. Mouer. and to the Clerk
lof the House of Representatives.
Phoenix, Arizona.
Labor Fights Ott Bill
EVERETT, Wash.. Feb. 27.—The
| Everett Central Labor Council has
i voted unanimously to oppose the pas
sage of the Ott Anti-Communist
Bill in the Washington State Sen
| ate. The bill was recently railroaded
| through the House under pressure
by local Chambers of Commerce
and the pro-fascist Hearst press.
Members of the Council expressed
j the conviction that the Ott Bill is
j directed against the entire working
class and would stifle independent
! political action by labor.
S. P. Leader
Scored by 300
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb 27.
More than 300 workers, members of
the Ohio Association for Unemploy
ment Insurance, booed down Mr.
Mandelkom. chairman of the So
cialist Party County Committee,
who came to their meeting at the
Bohemian National Hall to speak
against the State Workers’ Bill,
H. B. 136. The Ohio Association
was first organized by the Socialist
Party, and many members of the
Socialist Party were present at the
meeting.
Immediately after the address of
Frank Rogers, secretary of the
Cleveland Committee for the Work
ers’ Bill, Mandelkom demanded the
floor. J. J. Vanecek, chairman of
the meeting and a leading Soeial
| ist, gave him the floor. Mandel
korn called Vanecek a “traitor” ‘or
! his support of the Workers’ Bill
and the recent National Congress
for Unemployment Insurance.
Chicago C. P. Repeats
Unity Offer on Election
To Socialist Committee
(Daily Worker Midwest Bureau)
CHICAGO, 111., Feb. 27.—Robert
Minor and A Guss, representing the
Chisago district of the Communist
Party, appeared Saturday before the
Cook County Executive Committee
of the Socialist Party with renewed
proposals for a united support of
the workers’ candidates in the al
derman elections here, on a plat
form of minimum demands.
In view of the seriousness of the
present election campaign here, the
Communists requested a joint state
ment by the two parties to unite the
j working class behind the five So
cialist candidates and the six Com-
I munist-supported candidates run
ning for office on a non-partisan
| ballot, with the support of various
j trade unions and other workers’ or
ganizations.
The united front proposals were
again turned down by Cook County
Executive Committee of the Social
ist Party, with the statement, is
sued kite Saturday afternoon, that
“the Communist Party be informed
we are not ready to go into united
front of this kind at this time.”
failed to point out, however, is
where private jobs are to be found.
The 17.000.000 unemployed in the
U. S. cannot find them.
10 Cents an Hour on Relief
The administration sent its agents
to the Appropriations Committee to
fight for the 130 hours of work at
SSO per month. They tried to con
vince the senators rwhich was not
so very hard) to vote for this pro
posal, since relief workers, they
stated, receive less now than the
proposed *SO.
Mr. Gill, assistant federal emer
gency relief administrator, appeared
before the Senate Appropriations
Committee on Feb. 11. prepared with
facts and figures and with a great
big map showing wages paid by the
administration to relief in
various parts of the country. Ac
cording to his figures a large sec
tion of the population in the South
ern States employed on relief jobs
received 10 to 19 cents per hour,
while those in other sections 20 to
29 cents an hour. In some sections
relief workers are paid 30 to 39
cents and a small group receives 40
to 50 cents an hour.
Mr. Gill, in his argument for the
SSO maximum wage scale stated
that on an average the relief work
ers receive $25 per month. However,
in the Northern states, some are
paid S4O or more, while, on the
other hand in the Southern states
the relief worker gets as low as $8
and even $6 a month.
Administration Lying
Senator McAdoo asked Mr. Gill
the following o.uestion: "I want to
ask Mr. Gill if the terms which
seem to be expressed in the tele
grams and I am receiving and
which are expressed in the news
paper reports as coming from labor
leaders and others interested in the
labor movement, are based on any
tangible ground, when they appre
hend that the passage of this bill
without, the prevailing scale amend
ment would lead to a general de
FOR RECOGNITION AND HIGHER PAY
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Six thousand Chicago needle workers, members of the White Goods Workers’ Union, are on strike
for recognition of the union, wage increases, and other demands. Above are shown a group of giri
strikers on picket duty.
’Non-Support’ |
Used as Club
On Jobless
HARTFORD. Conn., Feb. 27 —ls ;
you demand the same pay. instead
of less, for doing the same work on
' a relief job that others are doing,
you run the danger of being jailed
for non-support of your family.
That Is what happened to An
j thony Abruzzo and Joseph Landne.
unemployed workers who led a del
egation to Relief Superintendent
Ryan here to demand 50 cents an
hour for shovelling snow. Men on
j the relief rolls assigned to snow
shovelling jobs had been receiving
| only 40 cents an hour, while F.E.
R.A. men working side by side with
i them were being paid 50 cents an
1 hour.
Abruzzo and Landrie, both active
; members of the Unemployed League,
were sentenced to 60 days each with
the alternative of “contributing $lO
a week to the support of their fami
lies for 26 weeks.” The judge knew,
while passing sentence, that both
i men have been unemployed for a
long time and are on the relief rolls.
Resentment is running high against
this fascist trick to suppress the
| efforts of the Hartford jobless to
gain more relief. The Central La
bor Union here has endorsed the
| fight, of the Hartford Unemployed
• League against the. forced labor
program instituted by the local wel
fare department together with the
| city officials.
In a statement to the local Dress
| the Communist Party has endorsed
the demands of the Unemployed
, League and pledged to mobilize all
its forces against the forced labor
program. Committees are visiting
all organizations in building the
united front against forced labor.
This also includes the fight for the
Workers’ Unemployment Insurance
Bill H. R. 2827, and the State Work
ers’ Bill.
Single unemployed men here have
been moved to the Meadows, a
[swamp on the outskirts of the city,
where they are forced to work five
days a week for one dollar. i
Stanford U. Conducts
Forum on Communism
PALO ALTO, Cal. (F.P.1.-The
first university open forum on Com
munism on the Pacific coast has
been held at Stanfrnd University,
with students and faculty taking 1
moralization of the wage scales
throughout the country and reduc
tion in wages in private industry in
the country. Do you think there is
any real ground for that fear?”
, Mr. Gill answered, "There is not,
in my opinion.”
The assistant federal relief ad
ministrator is thus trying to con
vince Mr. McAdoo and the other
Senators that the employers in this
country would not follow the ad
ministration policy and would not
cut wages.
The Roosevelt administration in
putting forward the 38 cents hourly
scale of wages is fulfilling the
dreams of the powerful employ
ers’ organizations, of the powerful
Master Builders' Associations, which
are advocating wage cuts as a step
towards "reviving business activi
ties.”
Blow at Trade Unionism
The drastic wage slash proposed
by the administration would not
only reduce the living standards of
the workers, but would also be a
head-on blow at the trade union
movement in this country. The
proposal of Roosevelt is an attack
against the living standards of the
entire working people, employed and
unemployed. Millions of unem
ployed on relief would be forced to
accept jobs for 38 cents an hour,
work which is paid for $1 an hour
and more. They would work in
most cases less than the 130 hours
a month. The bill would outlaw
work relief strikes. It specifies that
anyone refusing to accept a job for
SSO a month would be deprived of
relief.
Rank and file members in the A.
F. of L. unions are realizing that
the Roosevelt New Deal Is a new
deal for the employers. Thev have
learned that the support given to
the Roosevelt administration by the
top leadership of the A. F. of L.
proved detrimental to organized
labor. The rank and file have also
found that the Senators and Con-1
New Jersey Rolls
Show Sharp Rise
In Need for Relief
NEWARK. N. J.. Feb. 27.—New
Jersey relief figures reached an
all-time high in January with
610.300 persons, more than 15 per
cent of the State's population
existing on the hunger rations of
the relief, the Emergency Relief
Administration announced yes
terday.
Compared with January a year
ago. last month's figures repre
sent an increase of 81 per cent.
The number on relief then was
337,355, as compared to the pres
ent 610.900 out of a total popu
lation of 4,041.334. The figure
as for the past month also shows
an advance of 12,973 over De
cember. Average relief pay
ments for all forms of relief—
food, clothing, shelter, gas and
I electricity—amounted to about
$1.79 per person a week.
Philadelphians
Hit Sales Tax
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.. Feb. 27.
A mass meeting to protest ayinst
the sales tax proposals of Governor
Earle will be held here tomorrow
night at 8 o'clock at Brotherly Love
Hall. 5157 Master Street. Scores of
neighborhood meetings are being
! projected bv _ the Unemployment
Councils here * together with other
organizations.
These mass meetings will culmi
nate in a mass conference on the
Workers' Unemployment. Old Age
and Social Insurance Bill, H. R.
2827. The conference will be held
Sunday, March 24, at 2 p. m., at
507 North Forty-first Street.
Governor Earle’s tax proposals,
which are the prelude to introduc
tion of sweeping sales taxes, call
for a tax upon gasoline, cigars and
cigarettes, amusements and electric
current. A shift in the real estate
tax which he asked in his message
to the state legislature, would natu
rally fall upon the tenants and
small home owners directly.
part freely and discussing thg
merits or objections to a Commu
nist form of government.
President Ray Lyman Wilbur, sec
retary of the interior under Hoover,
said the forum will be followed by
analyses of Fascism and other gov
ernmental systems. The meeting
was open to the public. No revolu
tion followed.
i gressmen whom the A. F. of L. of
ficialdom supported and endorsed
turned their backs on organized la
bor and on labor in general and are
now in line wit h the Roosevelt wage
cutting policies.
Struggle Must Continue
It is true that some Senators,
afraid to lose votes, have come out
against the Roosevelt bill. Senator
Wagner of New York City, for that
same reason, opposed the adminis
tration proposal, but he would not
say that Roosevelt, his best friend
and saint, is the instigator of the
wage slashing proposal. Senator
Wagner knew that Roosevelt was
going to veto the bill if adopted
with the amendment calling so"
the prevailing scale of union wages.
Workers in the trade unions and
in the unemployed organizations
must continue sending protest, tele
grams and letters to Roosevelt and
to their Senators and Congressmen
demanding that the $4,800,000,000 be
appropriated immediately and that
jobs be secured for the unemployed
at the prevailing scale of union
wages. The workers must also de
mand the earnings on all relief
jobs must be no less than *IOO a
month for skilled workers and at
least SBO for unskilled. Demonstra
tions and meetings should be ar
ranged before the offices of the re
lief administration and force them
to act immediately.
The New York A. F. of L. Trade
Union Committee for Unemploy
ment Insurance and Relief is call
ing upon all workers to come to
the mass meeting, to be held on
Saturday. March 2, at Irving Plaza
Hall, Irving Place and 15th Street-
New York City, to protest against
the administration proposal, and
to demand that prevailing scale
of union wages he paid to all
workers on relief jobs. Organized
labor must join Its forces to de
feat this wage cutting proposal of
the administration.
Urge Pressure
To Place Bill
Before House
The National Joint Action Com
mittee yesterday called for imme
diate pressure to force the House
| Committee on Labor to vote the
I Workers Unemployment, Old Age
and Social Insurance Bill. H. R.
1 2827, out of committee and onto
[ the floor of the House for vote.
On Monday the seven members
of the Sub-committee on Unemploy
ment Insurance voted the bill to the
| full committee. This full commit
: tee must vote a majority for bring
] ing the Workers’ Bill onto the floor
of the House.
To date, ten members of this com
mittee have in one way or another
[ signalized their support of the
[ Workers’ Bill. These ten are: Rep
! resentatives William P. Connery of
! Massachusetts, chairman; Matthew
!A. Dunn, chairman of the sub
: committee, of Pennsylvania; James
! Gildea of Pennsylvania; Reuben T.
Wood of Missouri; John Lesinski of
, Michigan; Richard J. Welch of Cali
j fornie,; Fred Hartley of New Jer
■ sey; Vito Marcantonio of New York;
! George Schneider of Wisconsin; and
Ernest Lundesn of Minnesota.
Other members of the committee
are: Mary Norton of New Jersey;
[ Glen Griswold of Indiana; Charles
; Truax of Ohio; Joe Eagle of Texas;
| .Jennings Randolph of West Vir
[ ginia; Robert Ramspeck of Georgia;
Kent Keller of Illinois; Marcellus
j Evans of New York; Sebert, Dunn of
Mississippi; William Lambertson
[ and Clifford Hope of Kansas.
The National Joint Action Com
mittee for Genuine Unemployment
I Insurance urged that individual and
| mass demands be directed at all
[ members of the House Committee
[ on Labor, all Congressmen and Sen
[ ators, and especially at the remain-
J ing members of th House Committee
[ on Labor who have not yet given
their support to the Workers’ Bill,
H. R. 2827.
Aulo Union Backs Bill
KENOSHA. Wl:.. Feb. 27.—Ey an
almost unanimous vote, the Nash
Local 19008 of the United Automo
bile Workers Union i American Fed
eration of labor) endorsed the
Workers Unemployment. Old Age
and Social Insurance Bill. H. R.
2827 at its last regular meeting.
Only five votes could be mustered
against the bill in the union which
numbers 2.500 members. A storm of
applause greeted the president of
the union when he announced the
Workers' Bill resolution adopted.
Workers To Honor Tiala
MINNEAPOLIS. Minn.. Feb. 27
Alfred Tiala. newly-elected organ
izer of District Nme of th» Commu
nist Party, will be welcomed at a
banquet to be given here in Hum
i bolt Hall, 1317 Glenwood Avenue, 8
! o’clock Saturday night. Admission
will be twenty-five cents.
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Help to Ship
Scab Goods
VI rit Aims To Break
Cotton Garment Strike
in Chicago
YORK. Pa Feb. i27.—Pennsyl-
I vania State Troopers have been
called to protect scab shipments
from the plants of the Steiner-Lib
erty, Inc., manufacturers of mens
cotton garments at Shrewsbury and
Glen Rock. The Amalgamated
Clothing Workers declared that the
ranks of the strikers of the com
! pany’s plants are holding firm.
Injunction in Chicago
CHICAGO, HI., Fsb. 27.—An in
junction limiting striking cotton
dress pickets to only three to a shop
was granted the Central Cotton
Garment Manufacturers Association
by the Cook County Superior Court
Saturday. The International Ladies
Garment Workers Union conducting
the strike of 6.000 workers, has
made preparations during the week
end for intense strike activity, and
it is expected that the strike will
spread to many more shops within
a few days. Marshal Fields, whole
sale dealers in cotton garments, are
closed down.
Seven Strikers Fined
SOUTHBRIDGE. Mass., Feb. 27 -
Seven strikers of the Hamilton
Woolen Mill here were fined SSO
each and given suspended prison
sentences. They are charged with
throwing stones at the house of a
company police officer.
Aereement Beached
HUNTSVILLE. Ala., Feb. 27
Eight hundred workers of the Dallas
Mills will return to work, an agree
ment having been reached which
provides gains for the workers The
mill was closed down by a strike.
Officials Balk Strike
ALLENTOWN. Pa.. Feb. 27.—Of
ficials of the American Federation
[ of Silk Workers are making efforts
to get the intervention of the gov
ernors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey
and Rhode Island to stall the
I threatened general strike of silk
workers, it was reported yesterday,
i The strike decision was made at a
recent national conference of all lo
cals of the Federation, but in place
of actually preparing for the strike
the national officials are busy ma
neuvering to prevent it.
Anti-Stretchout
SPARTANBURG, S. C„ Feb. 27.
Walter S. Montgomery, Prcsideni of
the Spartanburg Mills, commenting
on the Godfrey “anti-stretchout”
bill declared that if the bill pas?" 3
it means that a number of mills in
South Carolina may have to close
down because they would be at a
disadvantage in competitio n with
northern mills. The mill owner ex
pressed satisfaction with the pres
ent, National Tortile Labor Relations
Board, which he claims could take
up all matters concerning working
conditions.
Strikers Convicted
FARGO, N. D., Feb. 27.—Sixteen
[ truckmen, members of the Fargo
General Drivers Union were found
guilty of rioting. The jury which
brought in the verdict deliberated
21 hours. The workers were ar
rested when vigilantes and police
raided the union’s strike head
quarters, and drove the women,
children workers In it, out with
! tear gas bombs.
Gross Strike Continues
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Feb. 27.—Two
more conferences, with the L. N,
j Gross Company and David Dub
! insky, president of the International
i Ladies Garment Workers Union
j here, failed to bring a settlement of
j the strike of 550 in the company g
two cotton garment! plants. The
company refuses to comply with a
union shop agreement. The workers
remain firm and conduct mass
picketing.
Four Strikers Wounded
DAISY. Tenn.. Feb. 27. Four
marrhers were wounded when com
pany thugs of the Daisy plant of
the Richmond Hosierv Mills fired
upon a peaceful Washington Birth
day parade. About 22 shots were
fired into the parade from inside
the plant. None of the marchers
were armed.
i One of the placards, carried by
the marchers, read, “Daisy come
I out. Spring Is here.”
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