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VOL. No. 6
Talks of the speakers and dis cussion at the conference covered the questions of the need for an over-all planned war economy, equal pay for equal work, working conditions essential to good war production, the need for more child care centers, and legislation neces sary to bring the war to a speedy end, as well as reactionary legis lation that must be defeated. Nell Lederman, UE District No. 7 Educational and Activities Direc tor was the keynote speaker, and stated that "women have a partic ular stake in this war" if we are nbt "to become Subjugated to the barbarism which the women of the conquered countries have had to endure." The work of Abigail Adams, who first called for the Declaration of Independence, Har riet Tubman, the woman who marched in the first May Day parade, are all part of our Ameri can tradition. The fine work of the women of England, who are par ticipating in every phase of the wsir, the contribution of the women of the Soviet Union, and the women of China, who are fighting and dying for their countries were saluted. Sister Lederman pointed out that 13 million women of this country have entered war plants and taken their responsibility in helping to bring the war to a speedy victory. It was further pointed out that only 3 million women were in the trade union lavement, and that only through traide union organization could we make possible even greater in creased production. Sister Leder man presented the UE program on rationing, price control, fair tax program, win the war wage policy, and a complete overall plan of our economy. Anna James, of UE Local 801 introduced the question of equal pfcy for 'equal work. She pointed out that the policy of our Na tional Union on "equal pay for equal work" was set long before Pearl Harbor. Girls participating in the discussion, Marinell Am brose, Mary Turner, Sadie Huston, Lois Davis, Louise Fields, and a fraternal delegate of Inland Local, e»tc., spoke of the responsibility of. making "equal pay" an actual ity, so that our boys at the front will come home to the standards of living they are fighting to pre serve, and that our women today will be able to maintain decent health standards so that they may make their fullest contribution to the war effort. Ways of bringing about equal pay for equal work \¥$re presented by the girls. Camille Barkin, member of Local 801 spoke on "Good Work ing Conditions Necessary for Good "Women to Win The War" Conference Held in Dayton Over one hundred girls, representing six UE Locals, in 23 plants, held the first UE Women's Con ference in the history of the UE in Dayton at the Silver Forest room in the Miami hotel, on Sunday afternoon, March 14. The Conference was opened by Brother John Thomas, field organizer. Pearl Hupman, member of the Continuations Committee of the Columbus UE Women's Confer ence, chaired the meeting. War Work," covering proper food, sanitary conditions, allotting suf ficient time for eating, rest periods, and other health conditions in relation to maximum war produc tion. She stated that basic health standards must be maintained so that the health of the women of our country will not run down after the war. Legislation affecting women was covered by Betty Nelson of UE Local 755. The Ross Bill in the Ohio State Legislature, and the vague and fake "Equal Rights Bill" in Congress, similar to the Ross Bill were discussed. The "Equal Rights" bill is being pushed by a group of "tea party and bridge playing" women, most of whom have never been in a plant. It was urged that protests to this bill be sent to our Congressmen. Ella Garner, Field Representative of Warren, Ohio, commented on the legislative work done in War ren. Evelyn Denney of Plant No. 3, Frigidaire, spoke on the problem of child care for working mothers, for pre-school as well as school children. She pointed out that present facilities are far inade quate, and that one of the out standing causes of absenteeism of working mothers was due to the cause of inadequate care of chil dren. Sister Denney urged that immediate requests be made by all Local Unions to the proper agen cies, as this was one Way to help the manpower situation, and ab senteeism that the child care cen ters be properly located that care for school children be established and that all Local Unions support this program and go after a real child care program in Dayton. Pearl Hupmann, Chairman, pre sented a program on "Training Women Leaders." This program is to include the Contract, How a Union Works in the Plant, Local Union Constitution, National UE Policies, History of Women in Trade Unions, etc. Members pres ent were asked to go back to their locals, announcing the classes so that other interested members may enroll. Classes will begin March 23, Tuesday evening, 8:00 to 9:30, and March 24, Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 12:00 noon. Motion was made and seconded that the program be adopted. The motion was carried unanimously. Cledith Mathews of Local 754, read a statement which was adopted by the conference and which will appear in the next issue of the Dayton Union News. Lack of space prevents carrying statement this issue. Motion was made and seconded (Continued on Page 11) CONGRESS OF INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONS Uf Boards Plan An emergency meeting of all UE Local Executive Board mem bers in Dayton, held last Friday evening at 9 East Fifth street, unanimously voted to hold a city wide UE Stewards meeting, for the purpose of discussing and acting on pending legislation in Washington and Columbus, and to hear reports from UE National Officers on con tract demands for 1943. The city-wide meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 4th, at UE hall. UE General Presi dent Albert J. Fitzgerald, Director of Organization James J. Matles, UE Washington Representative Russ Nixon, together with District President Victor Decavitch, and Activities Director Nell Letter man, will address the Stewards' conference. MARCH 17, 1943 Dayton, Ohio Circulation 25,000—$1.50 Per Year The joint Executive Board meet ing, in addition to hearing Brother Decavitch, and Sister Lederman, received reports from all UE Leg islative and Public Affairs Com mittees. Support of the National I period, the Secretary-Treasurer (Continued on Page 12) said: "The UAW-CIO is not weal- Frankensteen, former U. of D. football star, and now a member of the War Labor Board, spoke on Sunday, March 7th at the CIO the assembled Auto Workers on Hall at 9 East 5th Si This meeting ended an all-day War Policy Con ference that brought many of the top ranking officials of the UAW to Dayton. The UAW vice-president said: "We must stand together to pro tect the worker against wage cuts and to protect ourselves against the future The Labor move ment faces ifs most bitter fight." In citing examples of anti-Union ism, Frankensteen condemned Ed die Rickenbacker, who he said, "used his patriotism to lie against Labor." Pointing to tb* statements of UAW Largest Union in Notion DETROIT.—One of the CIO'S lusty young internationals, the United Automobile Workers, has grown to such giant stature in the last few years that it now tops all the unions of the nation in membership. In the semi-annual report of the UAW's secretary-treasurer, George Addes, the union's dues^ paying membership is given as 778,659 in November 1942. This shows an increase of about 166,000 during the seven-months' period from May, 1942, when the mem bership totaled 612,702. Coming close upon the financial report issued and released to the press by the United Steelworkers of America, the CIO's next largest affiliate with a membership of more than 750,500, this means that a public accounting has been made of the union funds of a million and a half CIO members. 98 New Charters During the seven months cov ered by the report, 98 new local charters were issued, Addes stated, and initiations and re-instatements averaged better than 300,000 a month. Total income for the period amounted to slightly over $2,078, 500, and expenditures to about $21, 131,600, leaving a deficit of $53, 000. Membership dues a*e' #1 a month with initiation and re-ad mission fees limited to not less than $2 or more than $15. "Although the report shows a net deficit over the seven-months' period of $53,034.05," the report stated, "we believe that with a continued steady increase in mem bership, the deficit will be elimi nated before this year is over." Warns of Dangers Warning the membership of the dangers ahead in the post-war UAW Vice-President Calls For Labor UJty, Raps Rickenbacker At a mass meeting of the Dayton Locals of the United Auto Workers, Richard T. Frankensteen, vice president of the UAW-CIO, declared, "I hope we all realize that our Union is more than a wage in strumentality." Senator Millard Tydings concern ing the letter claimed to have been sent by a soldier on Guadalcanal, hitting the efforts of labor in the war effort, and since proven false, the UAW official said, "this con gress is the most bitter Labor hating group in my long experi e n e u i w i n o s o u s Speaking as a member of the War Labor Board, Frankensteen declared that the WLB has lived up to it's job of limiting wages to the "Little Steel formula, but the other government agencies have not controlled the rises in other prices and other costs as they should. This has had the effect of created inequalities. Frankensteen explained that when the wages are brought up to the level of living costs and assurance of the stabili zation of those costs given to the thy." He recommended that the membership give serious consider ation to the advisability of levying a monthly security assessment of 50 cents per member for the du ration of the war. This, he said, would "bulwark the union in its fight to obtain satisfactory and improved peace time collective bargaining agree ments after the war." It would also help preserve the present labor legislation and aid in working for effective legislative action to guar antee freedom from want to all. "The people of America and throughout the world will never again tolerate a situation where millions of men are unemployed while factories and machines lie idle," Addes declared. "Winning the war and determ ining how best we can utilize our strength to bring about a speedy victory is the most important task facing the union and America." Have You Made Your Contribution to the AMERICAN RED CROSS War Fund YET? workers, then the workers will stand ready to accept the sacrifices of a dwindling market. Also speaking on th6 program were Hardy Merrill and F. L. En nis, both International Representa tives of the UAW. Ennis was in charge of the meeting. Earlier in the day, other Union officials discussed the various phases of labor aims as affecting the War Production program. Jack Holt and Dale Toler, International Representatives were on hand to welcome the out of town visitors. Duffy Cottrell, president of UAW Local 648, George W. Wilkins, president of UAW 696, George Kreamer, president of UAW 947, and Claude Lemons, president of UAW 785 were present as a wel coming committee of local Auto Workers.