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Dayton union news. [volume] ([Dayton, Ohio]) 1940-1944, March 03, 1943, Image 9

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Letter to the
Editor
EDITOR'S NOTE: Tile following
letter was called to our attention,
and we are of the opinion that here
is a condition in a plant that is
definitely affecting the morale and
production of war workers. When
the wives and mothers of our
workers KNOW that conditions in
a plant are demoralizing, then it is
up to Management to do something
about it. Following is a letter from
a CIO member's wife, which we
think is very interesting:
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1943
Dear Mr. Arthur L. Garfield,
UE Representative,
Dayton, O.
Dear Mr. Garfield:
I wonder if there is anything you
could do to help the GM Ordnance
plant workers here in Dayton. The
lunches that are served them from
the wagons that go through the
plant are very bad.
My husband says the "hot dogs"
and the weinies are about 3" in
length and are hard as stone. The
coffee tastes like it has sawdust
In it and looks like mud.
Now Delco Products, Plant 7 has
cafeteria service for their men, so
why can't you do something, so our
men can have the same service or
better.
The food service now is impos
sible. Also, it is impossible for us
wives to pack lunches on a 2% lbs.
meat ration, and I cannot see how
men are going to keep their
gfcr«g&» if. thair food is cut to
nothing
1 know personally that the lady
fat charge of the food service at
Plant 3, has gone to the foreman
or head man who has the contract,
and this is his answer. "They take
what they get and like it, or else."
It is no wonder that he can build
a $30,000 home.
They COULD serve decent sand
wiches. cookies or pie and good
UE Local 801 Basketball Team.. .'42-'43 Season
Companies and Senators are al
ways blasting the CIO and work
ers, why don't they go after the
people that deserve blasting? Such
things as proper food and rest are
essential to keep men at work.
Thank God we have men, such as
you to look after our husbands.
Another thing, I wish you would
try to arrange is this. By next fall
have the starting hears changed to
7:00 o'clock. Please, Mr. Garfield,
see what you can do to help us
feed our men properly. If our men
could get good sandwiches, coffee,
etc., it would help us to stretch
our food allowances at home. At
present, our men are paying for
food that is not fit to eat. I am not
alone in this predicament. Thou
sands of us wives are faced with
this problem. Help us if you pos
sibly can.
By a CIO member's wife.
My husband is a member of UE
Local 801.
Absent Don't Spell V!
Bus drivers were asked by
the Office of Defense Transpor
tation to guard against exces
sive idling of motors, especially
in the Eastern area where the
fuel shortage is critical.
WANTED!
TAP DANCERS!
PIANIStS!
MUSICIANS!
Call
G. HARRISON FENNER
CIO Theatre Guild KE 3847
Daartoo Union
First row, to r.: Drummond c, Vogel g, Long f, Hamilton f. Back row, to r.: Thompson f, Seabrook g, Stupp g, Ed Durig g, Elmer
Durig, Bill Beatty, coach. Players unable to be present at the time the picture was taken were Shroeder, and Purden c.
coffee. The soup served isn't fit for
the men to put into their stomachs.
My husband told me, that he has
seen men take a bite out of a
sandwich and throw it on the floor.
The sandwiches were so dry they
could not bite into them.
Nmi
19 E. First Street
WANTED—
WECKESSER RADIO
ELECTRIC COMPANY
Radio Service, Sound Equipment,
Rentals, Custom Installation
TO BUY Used Sewing Machines Any Make—
Highest Cash Prices
Singer Sewing Machine Co.
134 S. Ludlow Street HE 1941
Preston's Service Station
507 W. THIRD at CHARTER ST.
Cordially invites all Union men to get Service Here.
Federal Tire Inspection Service Sinclair Products
Schedule of Meetings Local 768
Executive Board First and Third Tuesdays of each month.
General Steward Meeting All plant units
Second Thursday of each month.
GHR FOUNDRY 3rd Tuesday—& P. M.
MOORE-EASTWOOD 3rd Tuesday—8 P. M., Nite Shift, Wed 1 P.M.
DAYTON SCALE 4th Sunday—3 P.M.
HARRIS-SEYBOLD-POTTER 3rd Wed.- 3 Thurs. Nite Shift 6 A.M.
GONDERT & UENESCH 4th Wednesday—8 P. M.
BROWN & BROCKMEYER 2nd Thursday—8 P.
MORAINE PRODUqiS 3rd Thursday—8 P. M.
AIRTEMP 3rd Thursday—8
P.
EGRY REGISTER 4th Thursday—8 P. M.
OHMER FARE 4th Thursday—8 P. M. 2nd Shift, 1 PM.
BUCKEY^ 4th Friday—8 P. M.
SIMONDS-WORDEN-WHITE 3rd Monday—8 P.M.
NATIONAL FOUNDRY 3rd Saturday—1 P.M.
AVIATION ELECTRIC Bwery other Thursday—4 P.M.
M. Nite Shift—1 P. M.
Starting with January 1st
Just Facts
FU 1173
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and families and their own health,
so that when the boys come bade
they will find here the health and
freedom they fought to protect
If working hours are lengthened
those women that are now able
to give their children a minimum
of care while working 45 hours
will be forced to quit the
shop to care for their children
since as yet there are no adequate
child care or recreation centers.
This legislature might better
spend its time helping us to solve
this problem of child and family
care so that women are free to
stay in industry. Dayton papers
have recently carried many articles
on increased child delinquency
since mothers are working
it's a real problem and enactment
of this bill will only intensify
this problem.
While you are contemplating
this legislation ... JUST FOR
A MOMENT PRETEND YOUR
WIFE WAS ONE OF THE FAC
TORY WOMEN affected which
she isn't but feature your
own children running the streets
with no care ... or your wife
so fatigued by her long hours
that her health and efficiency were
obviously being ruined!
Shortage of manpower is being
used as an excuse for this legis
lation. Dayton is classed as a man
power shortage area yet right
here in Dayton there are thou
sands of women who want to
work in shops that cannot because
there are no facilities for their
children. There are approximately
five to eight thousand trained
Negro workers within the Dayton
area that have been pounding the
streets for months and months
unable to get a job because some
manufacturers don't like the color
of their skin. These are unem
ployed American citizens who are
not being used in the war effort
and before hours are length
ened beyond endurace for* pres
ent workers these workers
should all be utilized.
Our fighting men are risking
their lives to protect the Amer
ica they left the Ohio shops
they left the freedom which
includes the right to have a heal
thy upstanding family. They do
not want to return to find their
wives with broken health their
children running the streets
and protections within the shops
lost.
Senator Ross does not express
the desire of Dayton's working
people in this bill. The workers
of Dayton ask that this legislature
stop hindering our war work. We
ask you to help us produce for
victory, help us win this war
Help us maintain the strength and'
morale of our home front just as
we all want our fighters in the
front lines to have their strength
and morale maintained. These are
the sentiments, the requests .. »,
the demands of the working people
of this state We ask that in
stead of sabotaging our efforts
as this bill would do that
you bend your efforts toward
working out with us the legisla
tion which will aid all war work
en in doing a better war job.
In conclusion, we of Labor do
realize that there are acute emer
gencies and admit that they must
be taken in consideration but un
der a blanket ruling such as
Senate Bill 126 would not help,
but would tear everything down.
Many other reports were given
and others were given the follow
ing day.

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