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The Tacoma times. [volume] (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, August 27, 1941, Image 19

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Notable Defense Work Record Made By Building Trades
Army Construction Carried
Out Minus Strike, Lockout;
Pay Good, But Costs Low
Workers and Organization Chiefs
Praised; Construction Council
Big Factor in Good Work
Since the national defen
Ruilding and Construction T
activities of thousands of bu
of dollars worth of army cons
Pierce county without strikes
Working hours have been ex
tended from six hours per day
to eight hours per day for the
period of the defense emergency
At nearbv Fort Lewis and Me-
Chord Field, hundreds upon hun
dreds of oparracks and hospital
buildings, repair and storage fa
cilities have been constructed by
Tacoma lavor working under juris
diction of the Tacoma Building
and Construction Trades council.
As one of the officers of
the council recently pointed
out, the furnishing of em
ployes to perform all the mul
tiple tasks involved in such a
construction program is “busi
ness—big business!”
Demands for skilled help soon
far exceeded the normal supply
of the Tacoma ecommunity and
craftsmen were brought in by the
unions from far and near. Big
gest problem in handling them was
to find rental homes for them in
the Tacoma area.
Hundreds of journeymen in
various trades were induced to
come here and many no doubt will
#lay to maxe this their permanent
home; but housing for them con
tinues a major determining factor. ‘
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Naturally many residents of the
states eastward as far as the Mis
sissippi came here in quest of the
Jobs existing in this “hot spot”
of defense preparation. These
were given probation permits ef
fective until they had demonstrat
ed their ability to do the work
assigned. So by one means and
another the labor supply was kept
clnse tn job requirements and
evervthing has gone smoothly.
In a recent speech, Lt, Col,
Y. P. Antonovich, the army's |
constructing quartermaster at
Fort Lewis and McChord
Field, asserted that the cost
of constructing shelter for
troopa stationed in this dis
trict had been among the very
lowest anywhere in the United
States, notwithstanding the |
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Salute to Labor? |
—The Workers of America! §
—The Builders of Defense! - ¥
M —The Forces of Industry! P
: The workers of America carry on their shoulders a greet re- :
: sponsibility during the present national emergency. Labor's :
P contribution te our national security is & major one and P
- its cooperation with national government in its defense effort .
b will preserve for future America the woys of democroacy so A
: essentiol to industrial advancement end social progress. :
: AS, ‘ Y AN]] Ue .
: Broadway at 13th Open 9:30-5:30 :-
se program started, Tacoma
rades council has directed the
ilding tradesmen and millions
truction has been completed in
or lockouts,
‘ relatively high prevailing
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| Tacoma Building and Construc
tion Trades council was chartered
Feb. 23 1309, and is affiliated
with the building and construction
{trades department of the Ameri
|can Federation of Labor, Wash
'inxtnn Stale Federation of Labor
{and the State Building Trades sec
| Since it was organized, it has
had its trials and tribulations like
| all other labor organizations, but
it has continually grown stronger,
not only in membership but also
in ite relationship with employers
{'n the construction industry, Its
opinion is respected not only by
the contractors but alse in city,
county and state affairs.
. Ita chief function 18 to co
‘ordmlto the efforts of 19 local
lunions: Asbestos Workers Local
No. 50, Boiiermakers & Welders
Local 568, Bricklayers Local No. 1
of Washington, Carpenters lLocal
No, 470, Carpet & Linoleum Lay
ers Local No. 1303, Electrical
iWorkerl Local No. 76, Hoist and
Portable Eagineers Local No, 612,
IGIIBI Workers Local No. 1220, Hod
' Carriers, Building and Common
Laborers l.ocal No. 252, Iron
Workers lLocal No. 114, Lathers
L.ocal No. 155 Millmen's Local
No. 1689, Painters loocal No. 64,
Pile Drivers Local No. 2424, Plas
terers and Cement Finishers Local
anA 71, Plumbers and Steamfitters
T.ocal No. 82, Roofers lL.ocal No.
153, Sheet Metal Workers lLocal
No. 150 and Teamsters & Chauf
feurs Local Nn. 313 all affiliated
with the American Federation of
. &' >
Most of the agreements under
which the affiliated loca] unions
operate are negotiated through
the ecouncil, the two main agree
!menu of course being the build
ing eonstruction agreement eover
l:ng construction of buildings, in
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Job Stoppage |
Is Avoided ’
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Employers’ Group
Smooths Way
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! Tacoma's Construction councll
composed of between 80 and 80
contractors and suppliers of build- |
ing materials, was organized sight
years age, and, significantly, there
has been no stoppage of members'
work since that time ‘
The council's members, neces- |
sarily, are doing, or have com
pleted, vital work in the national |
defense program
Al in all, it is estimated,
national defense contracts un
dertaken by various mem
hers total well over $16,000-
000 !
Bulk of the contracts have been |
completed at Fort Lewis, with the
balance at Tacoma-Seattie Ship-|
building Co. plant here !
The council maintaing an office |
on the fourth floor of the Rust |
building. Here is housed an m{m-g
mation bureau for and about the |
construction industry. Hllhwafl
and building chapters of Anm-:
ciated General ontractors nll
America are located here as well |
as Tacoma Electrical Contractors’ |
association, plan wsurvey and esti- |
mating services; Taco.aa Plumbing ;
and Heating Merchants’ associa- |
tion, Northwest Plastering mduo-’
tries and the Tacomr Contracting |
Plasterers’ association l
Noteworthy it is that most
of the defense construction
Jobs undertaken by Tacoma
council members have been
well ahead of scheduled com
pletion. In a large measure
this is brought about by =
harmony between employer
and employee, working for the
common interest, with a sin
cere desire for each to achieve
the greatest good for the com
munity, i
Tacoma's council stands ready
to cooperate to the fullest with
wide-awake merchants and busi
ness men who desire to modernize,
making repairs that wiil prn\'r‘
profitable in the long run, ‘
As a matter of fact, Taco- i
ma's construction industry has
set A notahle example for
other industries to emulate in
itsa 100 per cent cooperation
for defense construction neesds
of all kinds, civilian as well as
Paul Savidge is president of the
eouncil, Harold Woodworth, vice
president, and M. L. LArson, treas
urer. Secretary-manager is W. A
Osborne » |
Che CTacoma Cimes
Smelter Here
Skill, Experience
| Of Its Men Count
Since 1%R89 one of Tacoma's
|largest and most dependable |
|payrolls has been the Smelter,
|which for 52 years has been
[in steady operation, seven
ldays a week, 24 hours a day. }
l: Now employing about 1 400 per- |
| sons, the Smelter puts more than
two million dollars into Tacoma
pay envelopes every year and in
return asks nothing, since it sels |
its products in the KEast ‘
Every year hundreds of visitors
pass through the big plant, whose
giant smokestack has been a Th- |
coma symbol for years. Past the
ever - glowing open fires and the
rivers and cauldrons of molten |
metal the visitors pass, amazed hy |
the hugeness of the 80-acre heavy |
80 vast is the plant and so hr'o'
ard the bulldings that one aimost
[ lomes might of the important part
that human hands play
! Throughout the six weeks'
| process from ore to ingota of
copper, 9.5 per oent pure,
skill and experience play & big
| part in every step of the
| progress,
| Now more than ever with ita
products vital to America s defense
program, special attention is being
given by the smeiter to the per
sonnel problem, so as to mlunl
that the best in skill and 'lp.-‘
rience will keep its producty at a |
high standard v !
Bulld New Structure i
Significant is the erection of a
new personnel building inte which |
the ameiter will move ils wmploy
ment and personnel departments
very shortly. This new Vm-ldmg,’
located at the gates of the smeiter, '
if A streamiined structure of com
crele of modern flo.;n and miest
in lighting 1
In this buliding will he |
housed the tmekseping de. |
partment the employment de.
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We Toke
This Opportunity
te Selute Labor for the
Way It ls Coarrying Out
l Its Part of Natione! Delense.
partment and the doclor's ‘
office. It will be the hend.
quarters where employees |
may take up many of thelr
Aay by day joh problema, ‘
Rince 1933 the bulk of smelter )
employess have heen members of
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2 Recause the United states s one of the few remaining places
A in the world where Labor still has a voice in its own destiny,
: this Lahor Day assumes greater importance than ever before,
: All of us know and appreciate the part that Labor has played in
» the progress of America ... progress that has made it the great
» est nation on earth. And in these troublesome times, it is come
» forting to know that at this very moment Labor is putting its
: shoulder to the wheel for vital defense needa :
: So to men and women everywhere, in offices, in factories, on
» the sales floor, wherever you are doing your part, Schoenfelds’
: congratulates you. Keep up the good work, Labor! ¢
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Acetylene Welders Firing Away
United Mine, Mill and Smeiter
Workers union, which s affiliated
with Congress of Industrial Or- |
Ranizations g
During the eight - year period
thers have heen no strikes and re.
latinns hetwesn the ecompany ud‘
the union have heen amicable,
{ AL the present time negotintions
Are underway for a new working
AgTeament. Numu&ofig
gotintions represents 1,28 of the
1,400 empioyses or roughly 'I
per cent
Officers of the Tacoma loeal,
No. 38, are Clarence . Armane,
president; M. A Mitehell, viee
president. Noarman N Lange, N
nancial seeretary and Businesn
agent. Jack Walgrath, recording

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