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Lewistown's "Rocket" Takes Off Last Friday, the LEWISTOWN DAILY NEWS, in an hysteri cal defense of the Landrum-Griffin Act, contended that "the people of this county have made it known to Congress that their patience with union activities is wearing thin, and they want this unhampered wave of gangsterism curbed, once and for all. Continuing, the Lewistown expert on labor affairs, says This bill will go hard with professional dynamiters who infest the unions . . . the assorted ex-cons, blackmailers, and petty pu,nks who have taken over so many labor unions . . . ' > « < P » What is happening to inject some decency and Finally, responsibility into the labor movement is long overdue. Labor ( < . i,i For all of the serious indictment he has made, the editorial writer of the DAILY NEWS offers only "thieving Dave Beck"l to substantiate his inflamatory generalities. It is in order to • What "unhampered wave Of gangsterism" needs curb ^ tt - , , , , ., , ,, , -, , .. • Upon what does he base the canard that dynamiters ■ • • assorted ex-cons, blackmailers, and petty punks" have taken over "so many labor unions?" has taken advantage of public sympathy and apathy to inflict a national reign of terror, and to actually attempt to seize the reins of government and run it in behalf of a hierarchy of black jack wielding goons. P y * ♦ ♦ ask him : ing? . , . . inflict a national reign of terror ... to actually attempt to seize the reins of government and run it in behalf of a hierarchy of ( blackjack-wielding goons? • When was there ever a concerted attempt by labor "to ft ♦ * * in an unethical way is no cause for castigating all doctors —| for taking punitive action against all members of the profes . „ *n j £ , , sion. Because an editor occasionally expounds from a broad balse of ignorance is no reason for tarring all editors as ignor amuses. Let's get down to specifics. ME. DAILY NEWS editorial writer, whoever you may be. ( Admittedly, organized labor has a few "bad apples" among the more than 40,000 men and women serving in various capac-. ities of union leadership from the local union to the national level. The same may be said of the banking fraternity, the teaching profession, corporate executives, the bar association, .... . .... , .. However, it is not an American principle to condemn the whole for the weaknesses of the few. Because a banker once in a while absconds is no valid reason for condemning all bank ers as crooks. Because an occasional medic conducts himself the medics, and yes, even the journalistic profession. * * * Where are all these crooks and thieves in the labor move ment? Can you name a dozen (of the 40,000 mentioned above) who have bee^n convicted of misuse of union funds; of betraying the interests of the rank-and-file? , , , ,, . - • . ,, t x ... , What about the union of your employees — the International Typographical Union? Have you any specific evidence that) any officer of either the 50-year-old Lewistown local, or the 107-year-old International Typographical Union has ever been,. charged with or convicted of a crime against the membership of that union? Have you any evidence that "assorted ex-cons ... petty punks . . ." etc., have ever "taken over" any phase of the ITU at either the local or international level? Have you any evidence that the ITU has ever tolerated blackjack-wield ing goons" bent on inflicting "a national reign of terror"? Also, Mr. Editorial Writer, where are the "crooks" in the plumbers, the electricians, the gypsum workers, the miners and smelter worker*, the rail brotherhoods-the scores of other craft and industrial unions which are the strength whereby indi vidual workers can obtain decent standards of living? I Coming closer to home, Mr. Editorial Writer, where are the punks", the "dynamiters" and the "blackmailers" in the labor | movement in Montana? Cl * * * DAILY The editorial writer of has, by a of generalities, made serious, vicious charges against the entire labor movement. Now it is up to him to present concrete evi dence in support of such assertions or stand convicted as a "smear artist" whose aim is to injure and discredit a segment of the population which has long played a responsible role in developing our state and nation.—HLB. Labor Provided Paid Vacations The labor movement doesn't always receive proper recognition for all the good it has done. For example, history records that the free public schools were established in this country only because trade unionists de manded educational opportunity for all children as an essential ingredient of a democratic society. But millions of Americans don't realize that the trade unionists of yesteryear are to be thanked for the existence of our public schools. Another great labor achievement is the annual vacation with pay. Not ( too many years ago, paid vacations were given only to the executives and just a small fraction of working people. Then organized labor pressed its ( demand for this benefit for all who toil. And the unions were successful. When you are enjoying your vacation with pay this summer—or whenever | you take your vacation—remember that it's no gift from your employer but a solid and worthwhile gain that was fought for and won for you by organized labor.— FEDERATIONIST. ITU Secretary- (Continued From Paire One) 1. All still unaffiliated Printers' locals are urged to affiliate with the State AFL-CIO. 2. Montana Farmers Union was thanked for the splendid co-operation that the 16,000-family organization has always extended to Montana work ers, both in the legislative halls and in other activities, including opposing misnamed "right-to-work" legislation. A second part of this resolution warned local affiliates that there is a grave possibility that another effort will be made in 1960 to sell the people of Montana on union-busting legisla tion similar to that which failed to 4. A fourth resolution took cogni zance of the fact that Harry and Gret f hen , P lllin £ s ( wbo were honor 'guests at the convention) had been accorded one of the five Sidney Hill (man awards for 1958, for their edi torials and columnist work on "civil .liberties and the public welfare". As far as Montana printers can ascertain, Local 95 member Billings is the first (Printer in the nation to receive the j make the grade in both 1956 and 1958 - 3. Appreciation was expressed to the small Lewistown local for the well rounded arrangements which made this year's convention roll smoothly. award annually given by Amalga mated Clothing Workers of America n memory of that union's first inter national vice president. Mrs. Billings, who shared the award jointly with her husband, is a member of the Book binders and Bindery Workers Union. Retiring officers and board mem bers ™ ere - George Broeker, Missoula, secretary-treasurer; board members U Verne Lawson> H elen a, and Robert Taylor, Butte. ' ' I Business sessions of the convention were held in Lewistown Carpenters' " d d '' ncc K , R , , ,, , , , , , . , , the conference the year ahead in addi . tion to Thurston, were: Konrad Braat | en, Lewistown, to a second term as vice president; Tom Hawkins, Kali I spell conference secretary; Breen Hamry Butte editor of the confer ence BULLETIN, elected were Mark O'Loughlin, Great P aIls > and Carl steck - OTHER OFFICERS ELECTED Board members I arrangements committee chairman, and Mrs. Don Strain of the Lewistown auxiliary was in charge of the pro I(rram f ° r tte w,ves of the deIeBates - , The I960 convention will be held h n Kalispell. — . . _ Social PfOgrfiSS Agnes E. Meyer, nationally known journalist and wife of the chairman boa ^ d . of THG ^asihngton cent ÂFL-CIO Conference on Com munity Services; "What people Hear is the bad new ' about tbe labor movement. It« by the P rte.«, Union» have done more to defend the dignity of the «"dividual, to f a,8e tbe »tandard of a *™ên thê '.TriaTconlrienceTf the Unions at Forefront of country than all of our public and private welfare agencies put togeth er. Real Fringe Benefits From the BROTHERHOOD OF LOCOMOTIVE FIREMEN AND ENGINEMEN'S MAGAZINE A survey by the authoritative National Industrial Board verified sus picions of union members that corporation ^executives, who quibble over the tiniest fringe benefit in contract negotiations, vote themselves high priced privileges and expensive benefits. In its survey of forty companies, the NIB found such windfalls as the following: 1—Two-thirds of the companies furnish the chief executive officer with a company car for business purposes. All but three are chauffeur-driveiU Ten companies provide cars for the executive officers' personal use. . • 2—Thirty-six of the forty companies provide memberships and pay the larger share of fees and other costs in country clubs, dining and recreational • • clubs, either at low-interest rates or without interest, 3—Twelve companies follow the practice of making financial loans "4—All forty companies honor requests for additional vacation time over and above the normal allowance,'' VOICE EDITOR'S NOTE; For more executives, see "ALL YOU CAN STEAL", pages 6 and 7, fringe" benefits for corporate on WHA T DO YOU THINK? By GRETCHEN G. BILLINGS today I We have had a lot of inquiries as to the status of the telephone rate increase presently before the Public Service Commission, so checked, and find that simultaneous briefs by protestants and the tele phone company are due on the 8th of October. At the close of the pub lic hearings Commission Chairman Paul Smith announced a decision would follow quickly after the briefs were received. I have been informed by the pro testants' group that they are still some short of the money needed to pay their expert, but they have been encouraged by the interest of the telephone-using public in paying for an expert to represent them. The consumer expert has proven °f great value to Montana utility consumers and saved them over 7 mil Hon dollars in the past two years. , The experiment of the 1957 case has proven the wisdom of consumers being directly represented in rate case hearings, The only problem is raising funds, and it has been suggested that a permanent Utility Consumers organi zation be formed and funds raised to be available for representation in rate cases at all times. For completing the fund raising for the present case a dollar or two sent to J. B. Bourassa, 1604 Poplar, Helena, Montana, will assure financial success of the present effort. * * * I have been asked so many times, What is going to be the outcome of the Telephone Company rate increase request"? I don't really think people who ask me that expect an answer, but it is certainly one they are think ing a lot about. And the people of Montana know a great deal more about rate making today than they did a few years ago. The interest began with the fight Arnold Olsen made as Attorney Gen eral, and has been heightened by bringing m a consumer expert In terest is not the only outcome of the consumer expert. The Montana Com mission gained a new outlook on rate ma ^ing and established for the first time . here some basic rate making ^pSTby' sions in larger states in this coun U :• • ?5?i 1 basi J; money p 'Right-To-Work' Pays Off—For Employers INDIANAPOLIS, Ind—(PAI)—A newsletter published by Local 725, Retail Clerks International Associa tion, provided some strong ammuni tion for unionism recently—the pay voucher of a non-union worker. The record showed regular earnings for 35% hour week of $24.60. With a social security deduction of 21 cents and withholding tax of $2.20, the net amount received came to $22.09. Quite a stake these employers have in "right to work" laws. In Montana we find many instances of retail clerks, waitresses and em ployees of other service industries, getting 70c an hour ($28 for 40-hour week) and less. No wonder Montana employers consider a $1 an hour mini mum wage un-American and the handiwork of the Devil's Workshop. —EDITOR. crating expenses of a utility, the only other consideration is how much it costs them to raise the money they need. Second; the establishment of a capital structure, fair to both the consumer ity does not choose to operate under that structure the rate payer should not be penalized, therefore the com mission in the 1957 case set what is called a "hypothetical" capital struc ture on which to base rates. In the present pending case the Commission has three presentations and the utility. If the util to consider in setting a rate base . . . that of the applicant company, that of their own expert and that of the consumers' expert. This is a great contrast to utility rate-making of the past where only the company presented evidence of an expert nature. It is not enough to just have company testimony; it is not enough just to have company and commission testimony. Evidence of this can be seen by the degree of increase that would be granted by the acceptance of any one of these experts. The Company would have clear sailing for what ever they wanted, without counter testimony, though it is generally ac cepted they come in asking for much more than they expect to get. The Commission expert would give them about one-third of their request, and the consumers' expert would give them practically nothing—or nothing at all. There is concern that the commis sion may feel bound to stand by the testimony of their own expert, how ever I do not feel this is necessarily so. Whatever the outcome of the pres ent pending case, the group that has financed the consumers' expert has performed a great service, and the experience of the past two rate hear ings is outstanding proof of the need . of, at the least, three experts—of dif ferent attitudes—to get to the nub of rate making. It has been laboring and small farmer groups who have put the most into this fight on the financial level —yet the business fraternity has gained the most financially. It would be encouraging to have a few of them show their appreciation by sending in a dollar or two they have been saved to complete the fund-raising drive. The effects of this organized ef fort will be felt to the advantage of the consumer (home and business) from now on in rate-making cases, and the benefits will be lasting. Legal Advertising Offiee of State Auditor STATE OF MONTANA InNilrnn ce IJepartment!o Ç ■' Certificate of Compliance and Authorization I, JOHN J. HOLMES, State Auditor and (Commissioner of Insurance Ex Of ficio, In and for the State uf'Montana, do hereby certify ithat the CROWN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, having filed a sworn statement of its financial condition as of December 31, 1958, and having compiled with the laws of this State relating to insurance and insur ance companies, is authorized until the 31st day of March, 1960, to transact such classifications of 'insurance as are set forth in its present existing license. I do further certify that a synopsis of the duly filed annual statement is as follows: The actual amount of Capital— 'to be . The aggregate Income for er S. Depo $ 400,000.00 year 1958 . The aggregate Disbursements for the year 1958. The aggregate Assets are The aggregate Liabilities, except Capital, are. 72,316,896.00 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and af fixed my official seal at the State Capitol in the City of Helena, this 10th day of September, 1959. 21,975,488.00 14,522,800.00 76,147,310.00 JOHN J. HOLMES, State Auditor and 'Oommiseioner of Insurance. THE PEOPLE'S VOICE Published Weekly by The People's Voice Publishing Co., at 1205 Lockey Street, Helena, Montana. HARRY L. BILLINGS, Editor Entered as Second Claps Matter De cember 7. 1939, at the Post Office at Helena, Montana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Subscription Price: IS.00 a Tear No commercial Advertising except from Co-operative Business Institu tions accepted. Rates on application.