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Belmont strikers turn back scabs Br SARA RICCI The 400 white and Negro members of Local 1149. United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (CIO), were entering into a decisive stage of their six-week strike at Belmont Radio Corp., 5921 Dickens, this week. On Monday and Tuesday, they had successfully beaten back the latest in a series of company at tempts at a ‘‘back to work” movement. Police slationed at the p’ant attempted to harass strikers, arresting four pickets. But, many realized union members would have to be on guard against company attempts to split solidarity of whites and Negroes on the picketlines. * * * ON MONDAY. Bilmont work ers demon traied from 6:45 to 8:31 a xri. in a mass pickelline '7!icy wifi win' Sidney L. Ordower declared i’ ' week that the strike of Cf? e’"ctiicol workers against the Belmont Frdio Co. would successful becaure cf the "fjh morale and complete unit * cf Negro and while v.-o kors." Ordower's praise of tire strikers came during his ro'j 'lar weekly news commen tary, which is broadcast every Vfc'nesJav at 7:31 p. m. over Y’AIT (520 on the dial). Or d iver. Progressive candidate for Congrcse from the 6th dis trict. walked in the picketlines early this week. at the gates of the plant, then gathered in a vacant lot next to their union headquarters at 5811 W. Grand for a brief rally. Tired but happy, they gathered in a half-circle, and listened in tently to words of support from a man—in the words of Alice Smith, UE district vice-president, who introduced the speaker “not merely for labor, but of labor”: Grant Oakes, president N.Y. ClOon meat NEW YORK —<FP> A mass protest demonstration against ‘‘depression diets” imposed on consumers by the big meat pack ers was called here by the Great er New York CIO Council. THE CHICAGO STAR. AUGUST 21, 1948 * ill NEW YORK HOUSEWIVES in picketlines join nation-wide meat boycott, say they can't buy $1.50-pound lamb chops for their families. of the United Farm Equipment Sc Metal Workers of America (CIO>, and Progressive Party candidate for governor. ‘‘lf we’re going to win against corporations like Belmont,” Oakes told the workers, “we have to have people in office who represent labor policies • . . the policies of FDR.” * * * THE BELMONT strike was not merely “financial or econ omic—but political,” Oakes said, pointing out that the strike prob ably would not have been neces sary had the company not been armed with the anti-labor laws passed by the 80th Congress. Oakes warned against Chicago newspapers’ attempts to break the strike by use of the “red herring.” Said Oakes: “I’ve been labeled as a Red for as long as I’ve been in the labor movement . . . Don’t be confused or misled • . . because as the strike goes on, the prop aganda is going to grow more vicious . . . They’re bringing up this ‘red issue’ ... to divert your attention from the real issue. .. the high cost of living ” * * * WORKERS at Belmont aren’t confused. “With the cost of living so high, we deserve more than the 10 cents we’re asking the com pany for,” Mrs. Georgiana Thin nes, 51, o? 3623 W. North, told a Star reporter on the picket lines. “We’re fighting for more than two cents (the difference between the union’s 10-cent de mand and Belmont’s eight-cent How to do it! When Union Dairy Co., 2621 W. Wilcox, jacked up its milk price one cent three weeks ago. Local 1114. United Electrical. Radio 8c Machine Workers (CIO) shop stewards at Miehle Printing Press & Mfg. Co.. W- 14th 8c S. Damen, went into action. "The 20 or more shop stewards here called for a boycott of Union Dairy milk." says Chief Shop Steward Walter Stempel. "And what do you think? Un ion Dairy dropped its one cent increase immediately... I firmly believe our action is the only way the working man can gel any relief." offer). We’re fighting for our union. They’re trying to bust this union ’cause the CIO has done so much for us here ” Mrs. Thinnes works in Bel mont’s salvage department, pack ing rejected radio parts which must be returned to the supply department for repair. She began working at Belmont 10 years ago at 40 cents an hour. Because of the union, she now gets sl.Ol an hour. “Before the CIO come in,” said Mrs. Thinnes, whose husband, a patient at Hines Hospital, is de pendent on her earnings, “we never got no overtime- Some times we didn’t get our regular pay if materials was short, and there wasn’t enough work to go around.” Chicago strike benefits all, Randolph tells ITU MILWAUKEE, Wise.—(FP) —The nation’s printers will continue to give battle to the Taft - Hartley law as mili tantly as they have for the past year. Pres. Woodruff Randolph of the Inti. Typo graphical Union (AFL) pledged to his union’s 90th convention here. The 400 delegates cheered and applauded as he announced: “It is our determination to win the strikes and lockouts now in progress regardless of size or place, and regardless of time and expense” * * * MEANWHILE, ITU Counsel Gerhard von Arkel announced the union would appeal an NLRB trial examiner’s report finding it guilty of violating sections of the Taft-Hartley law. The report was apparently timed to coincide with the opening of the ITU conven tion, which held its first session Aug. 14. The trial examiner ruled that the ITU had violated the Taft- Hartley Act by trying to main tain the closed shop in the news paper industry. It was the fourth UPWA in pact with Armour After 28 consecutive hours of negotiation last week, the United Packinghouse Workers of Amer ica (CIO) reached a new one year agreement with Armour & Co. Led by UPW ’ s president, Ralph Helstein, the record breaking bargaining produced a contract similar to agreements signed with two other members of the Big Four—Cudahy and Swift. The contract provides for no wage increase, but permits re opening on wages. It also grants triple time pay for holiday work and “irrevocable checkoff” for union members. Wilson & Co., last member of the Big Four, has refused to ne gotiate with the union, until settlement of the NLRB suit filed by UPWA charging Wilson’s with unfair labor practices UftK rrrijp taw *Ws vwe* PUUIILPI UrtlOK tN TWT-WARUEY NLfefe VoUi similar attack by NLRB exam iners on the ITU. A charge of featherbedding was thrown out. “The definite result of our policy during this year of most disagreeable and punishing ex perience,” Randolph said, “has been the preservation of the ITU as a stable and responsible union, upholding our historic rights and privileges and legally contesting every invasion of them ” Randolph credited the 9-month old Chicago newspaper strike with forcing publishers in New York and other cities to reach agreements with the ITU pro viding union security and wage increases. ILWU in new contract talks Local 208, Inti. Longshoremen’s Sc Warehousemen’s Union (CIO), is negotiating new contracts with Thomas Paper Stock Co., Do mestic Wipers, and Curly Kate, it was announced by Bernard Lucas, local president, this week. Negotiations soon will begin with Atlantic Paper Supply and Aetna Paper Supply. Local 208 has won pay increases and improved con tracts from 11 companies this year. 'Heads held high/ Univis workers go back with 11c DAYTON, O.—(FP) Unintimi dated by the Taft-Hartley law, police violence and Natl. Guard tanks and bayonets, striking Uni vis Lens Co. workers returned to their jobs Aug. 10 with an lie hourly pay boost and their unity unbroken. Settlement of the 14-week strike came after the company agreed to grant strikers their old jobs back or jobs of equal rating. Eleven strikers whom the com pany had accused of violating the law were guaranteed full pay until Aug. 31, during arbitration of whether they are to be taken back. The 11c increase had been agreed on July 27. A statement by Local 768, United Electrical Radio & Ma chine Workers (CIO), which called the 600 workers out on strike, said: We go back to work He disclosed that the union paid out ?3,471,538 in benefits to the Chicago typos from Nov. 24, when the strike began, to July 20. Seated with the delegates were 1,000 Chicago strikers, who came here for the opening ses sion and paraded through down town Milwaukee urging a boy cott of the Chicago papers which are circulated here. UOPWA asks Murray to halt Prudential raids PITTSBURGH—CIO President Philip Murray has been called upon by the Insurance Division of the United Office & Profes sional Workers of America (CIO) to halt raiding attempts by an other CIO union, the United Paperworkers of America, against UOPWA membership at Prudential Insurance Co. At a meeting attended by eight Chicago delegates, the division’s national policy conference also demanded that Prudential imme diately enter negotiations with the union for increased pay and renewal of the contract- The insurance men also de cided to set up a national strat egy committee and to take their case against Prudential’s union busting policies to the public. secure in the knowledge that our organization is made strong by our unity . . . We forced the Univis management to give an 11c raise after 11 weeks of strike. We have won reinstatement with out discrimination for the great majority of our Univis workers and arbitration in cases affecting 11 others. “We go back to work with our heads high and one major goal before us—to build within the shop overwhelming support for a united effort to win better wages, working conditions and the pro tection of a union contract,” . "Inside Labor" will not ap pear on the labor page of The Chicago Star while the editors of the column are on vacation.