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Rumors Spread That “Back To Work Com
mittee” Will Become Active
With Local Support
But Management Has No Comment
On Chief Executive’s Plea
The jobless weavers of the (Ylanese Corporation of
America meeting last Friday at the Textile Hall of Local
1874 TWOC voted to continue an active campaign for restor
ation of their jobs, taken from them by the management's
decision to move the Weave Shed machinery to Williamsport,
Pennsylvania. Governor Harry W. Nice telegraphed Arthur
Schusterman, president Local 1874 TWOC that he had sent
“an earnest plea” to the Celanese Corporation, whose officials
admitted its receipt but said that they had “no comment."
Meanwhile, strong rumors persist that prominent merchants
and other interested groups and individuals are forming a
“Right to Work Committee" for the purpose of demand
ing that the management retain the weave shed here or giv<
some public reason for its action.
200 weavers answered the call to
a special mretlm: issued by officials
of Local 1874 TWOC last Friday
and most of them trudged through
the snow and ire to the Court
House where a special committee '<
headed by George Shaffer present- i
ed a written statement of protest
to the County Commissioners. The
—/Statement, e.hich had beer, d-ifted
and approved at the earlier meet
ing, read:
"This committee representing
Celane.se Workers Industrial Union.!
Local 1874. which is representative
of all the workers employed in the
Celanese Corporation of America’s
plant, located at Amcelle, which is
the largest employer of labor in
Allegany county, hereby petition.-
your board In behalf of the work
ers who were formerly employed in
the Weaving Department and Its
allied departments in the Celanese
Corporation's plant. (
"We wish to bring lombly to your ,
attention this one thought: That ,
these workers numbering over four ;
hundred 'many of whom are wait- :
ing outside for a satisfactory
answer), have been dealt with in
a most unjust manner '
"They were laid off their jobs, [
their work was taken elsewhere j
under the pretext that It was more
economical, and these workers were
led to believe that this lay-o?!
would be temporary.
"After nine months of waiting,
with this understanding m mind,
they were very bluntly and cruelly I
told that they would never be re
employed and that their jobs were
to be moved away. They were left
stranded without any chance of
being absorbed in some gainful
"It is for this reason that we
wish to make clear to you and
the public that no action has
been taken by any of the so
called civic bodies to use their
influence to keep these jobs
here in Allegany county, but
that there is a great deal of
fanfare and ballyhooing about
bringing gainful industries into
this community for thr welfare
and well being of its citizens.
Monthly Membership Meeting Of
Local 1874 T.W.O.C.
Has Been Advanced from Wednesday Owing
to the C. 1.0. State Convention.
I Meeting Will Be Held
\ December 6th. 1938
8:00 P. M. Promptly
\ Business Manager
"Again, gentlemen, we repent
this Committee Is here at the
behest ol tlre entire membership o!
the Celanese Workers Industrial
Union which is representative of
every worker in the Celanese plant
and which has the support of the
■Continued On Page 3i
Local 1874 TWOC
Seeks Talent For
Dramatic Group
Season Will Open With A •
Christmas Play
Local 1874 Celanese Workers' In- '
dustrml Union. TWOC. is desirous :
of commencing activities with a 1
dramatic group in order to present
a winter program of plays, skits and •
monologues for the enjoyment of its!l
Several individuals have already,
[indicated their willingness to Join' 1
in the plan, but officials are not I
1 prepared to go ahead until a!! have !
been given an poportunlty to enroll 1
Christmas Play
Tlie first objective is to present ,
a Christmas play in conjunction ,
with an entertainment being
planned by the entertainment com
mittee. It is important, therefore,
that all who have talent or the de
sire to participate in the events im
mediately contact those in charge.
Any member of Local 1874 who has
either the ability or the desire to .
join in the Dramatic Club should ,
give in their names and receive in
formation from Miss Lillian Everett. •
at the office of Local 1874. Textile •
Hail. 34 North Mechanic street.
There will be no east or fees ol
any kind to those who wish to Join '
up. It is estimated that there is (
enough talent, both known and hid
den. in the Celanese plant to pro
vide an ambitious program of dra
matic and comic entertainment. ( i
Chamber Of Commerce
Head Says County
Figures Rise From
7,491 to 8.767
Deserving Cases Go Un
met by Reason of
Fund Shortage
The theories of a Cumberland
newspaiier were knocked into a
locked hat this week with the re
port of Harold W Smith, president
of the Cumberland Community
Chest, making publle what the la
ibor movement has been saying for
a lone time.
Mr Smith reports that unemploy
ment has risen in Allegany county
by 1.276. with the figure now stand
ing at 8.767.
As has been reported here for
weeks past, the WPA rolls have
been entirely shut down since Oc
, tober 7 last, and there are indica
tions that WPA will shortly issue
orders for sln.-hes in even the pres
ent numbers now working.
No Jobs
Although the local patter is hol
lering for less federal spending,
there are hundreds of families al
ready certified as being in need of
WPA employment by the Allegany
County Welfare Board, but there
are no assignments beinc made.
The Allegany County Welfare
Board has refused relief to this
large category of jobless families,
but. of course, If inquiry is made at
the Welfare Board one will be
greeted with the usual ifs. but* and
maybes and excuses. The cold,
stark fact retrain*, that Allegany
county is NOT giving any relief to
i tile families which it has certified
las being in need.
Private Agencies
Mr. Smith's report also indirates
that assistance from private
agencies is not forthcoming and
that "the Associated Charities has
many deserving cases to which
added assistance would be warrant
ed If funds permitted."
There also remain the problems
of the thousands of WPA workers
who are being grossly underpaid
land whose income is unable to care
1 for added winter needs.
In spite of this, we still read in
a local paper that spending should
be reduced and that the answer is
private jobs. Turning to tills phase, j
'we find in Mr Smith's report the
I statement of reduced private em
ployment here and his suggestion!
that an Industrial survey be made
to show how many people have been
thrown on the scrap heap by Indus- !
trial concerns owing to technolog
ical changes and removal of indus
lan.il Instances
Krduclion of employment by
the Celanese Corporation by
improved and increased produc
tion is Hell known to Celanese
• Continued On Page 3)
Brick and Clay
Workers Meet On
December 12th
There will be an important meet
ing of all members of Local 13, 1
Brick and Clay Workers, on Mon
day. December 12. The meeting will,
be held in the regular place. Junior!
Order Hall. Mt. Savage, at 7:30 p.m
The union lias designated Rea
ford Uhl as its delegate to tile state j
convention of the Maryland and
District of Columbia Industrial
Unions Council for December 7. 8
and 9. in Cumberland.
Ail men working at the Union
Mining Company brick yard are In
formed that the December 12 meet
ing will be an Important one.
Frostburg Sub
Local Meeting
Tonite at 8:00
The Frostburg sub-local of Local
1874, Celanese Workers' Industrial
Union. TWOC. will meet at 8 o’clock
tonight • THURSDAY) at the home
of Olles Maurey. 1 Welsh street, an
nounces William Crrlm. chairman of
the group.
Important business will be taken,
up and members living in Frostburg j
should make every effort to be pres-:
There will be a meeting of the
Keyser sub-local on Wednesday. De
cember 14. and the Lonacomng sub
local will also meet on that date,
announce local officers. j
Expect 150 Delegates Present
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Washington announce* that WPA|
j rolls are to be slashed In order for
that agency to make Its appropria
tion last until March, 1939, as or
dered by the last session of Con- j
The news must be of good cheer
to that local morning paper which'
has been hollering for reductions
ever since its objections to the
"spending and lending program."
Of course, there Is no state relief
or private Jobs available, and the
Allegany County Commissioners
cannot give them any relief of any
nature whatsoever. But what does
that matter? Economy is the thing.
Balance the budget and let the diet
go hang is their motto!
Local skeptics think that the
Cumberland News is only pretend-!
ing to be a Republican paper and
that being under a Democratic roof
with the financial control In Demo
cratic hands makes It Impossible for
It to be free to follow Its supposed
political allegiance. Then they point
to the News" attitude during the re
cent senatorial campaign and Its
support of the Democrat Tydings.
And after that to the Democratic
party activity of one of Its reporters.
Then they point to the mystery sur
rounding the Identity of the "prom
inent Republican leaders" who al
legedly control its political policy
: YET. In spite of all these Innuen
! does and muttering* of the skeptics.'
jit seems that there 1s at least some
Republicanism in the News.
Because we have Just learned that
"Bob" Hascel, who was imported
here to take one of the editorial
room Jobs of a local person when
the Dally News changed Its name,
was brought from Vermont, the hot
bed of Republicanism!
Council Capers
Cumberland's City Council cham
ber was the scene of "capers and
cut-ups" again last Monday at the
regular City Council session.
Dr. Koon and "Mayor" Irvine In
dulged In a discussion which at
times became distinctly anatomical
with numerous references to "throat
stuffing” and a measure being “kill
ed." Talk of a "big mouth" and
"packing a body" caused many pres
ent to wonder if the affair was a
medical convention.
Others Imagined they had wan
dered Into a slaughter house as they
heard one protagonist shout. "I
want to kill the thing," and back!
came the retort, “It's dead enough
for me now.”
Reason for the "cuttlng-up" (par
don me) was chiefly on the refusal
of Dr. Koon to accept a motion
[from tha commissioner on tire. The
ll %
11 thing flared up again after the dc
r clslon to appoint a commission tn
- consider and report on the city
- manager plan of government.
Purchasing Agent?
r Finance Commissioner Tom
1 (’onion managed to get some
s interesting Information public
r as the “heavyweights” took time
out between rounds.
* Said Tom: “When I took of
rice last spring I said the city
needed a purchasing agent and
L storekeeper, and that the tax
collection methods needed im
' proving. I still think so. Since
I have hern in office various
outlawed liens have been re
newed by securing payments.
That is off the record, but thr
reporters ran do as they please
: about it."
1 Commissioners (onion and
Edwards joined with Mayor
r Koon in voting for the appoint
1 rnent of a commission.
’ Seems that Commissioner
fonlon should now have enough
' votes to successfully introduce
an order for a city purchasing
: agent!
Wonder what the reasons are
for thr opposition to such a rea
sonable and efficient proposal?
fContlmtcd On Page 3)
Rubber Workers To Hold
Annual Election Dec. 10
Eline, Beard and Boden In Race For
Local 26, United Rubber Workers of America, will hold ,
its annual election of officers on Saturday, De’cembcr 10, at ,
its headquarters in the Rubber Workers’ Hall, 12 South
Mechanic street.
Spirited contests are expected, with contests looming in '
a majority of the positions.
The local is looking back on a year of steady growth in
numbers and influence and is the recognized sole collective j
bargaining agent as the outcome of a National Labor Rela- ]
tions Board election.
President Charles Eline is a candidate for re-election am'
will be proposed by ex-President Ralph Beard and Rober*
; Boden. .
Grayson and Purse hr I Named Executive Board
Cecil H. Grayson and E. M Seven executive board member* ,
Pueachel were nominated without * * lect * d from >"<>* f °'- ,
. „ lowing, nominee*: E. Lavin. R
opposition for the office, of flnan- D(|vy R B „ rd j A CoUtnl w D
clal secretary and recording and ways. R Lewis. R. Boden. H. Scottj 1
corresponding secretary, rcspec-jand R. Wilson. '
tlvely. I (Continued On Page 1) I
Allegany WPA j
Stewards Hold
"Meeting Tonite *
Project Stewards from all organ-1
ized WPA projects in Allegany
countv will meet tonight at their
regular session, announces W E
George, County Chairman
Tlie session will be held at tire
United Mine Workers' Hall In Bar-'
ton. and is scheduled to commence;
at 8 p. m. promptly.
Tlie group meets on the first and
third Thursdays in eacli month to!
handle county-wide problems eon- 1
nected with WPA employment.
Christmas Pay
It is stated that a delegation of
the stewards will be appointed at]
tonight's meeting to confer with the!
newly appointed district engineer
Mr Tarring.
The body will also take action
asking the state administrator to
make arrangements now fiy the 1
payment of a Christmas pay to all
WPA workers whose pay day will
normally fall between Christmas
day and New Year's day. so that
j WPA workers' families may enjoy
some of the Christmas shopping.
Plans lor oppasltlon to any re
duction in the WPA rolls also will
be made tonight.
Baltimore, Washington, D. C., and Eastern
Shore Sending Contingents
To Cumberland
Sessions To Be Held At Rubber Workers
Hall With Open Night On Thursday
For Delegates and Local Leaders
Advance information from Secretary-Treasurer Sidney R.
Katz reads that an approximate 150 delegates will attend the
second annual convention of the Maryland and District of
Columbia Industrial Unions Council in Cumberland next
A three-day session, opening on Wednesday and continu
ing through Friday, has been planned for the affair, with
delegates due here from Baltimore, Washington, the East
!ern Shore and Allegany and Garrett counties.
John T, Jones, president District 16, United Mine Work
ers of America, and state president of the CIO Council, will
make the call to order at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday. Registra
tion of delegates will commence at 10 a. m.
j Thursday night has been set aside as Hospitality Night
and the delegates of the Western Maryland Industrie! Unions'.
Council will act as hosts to the convention delegates, its
guests and officers of all local unions of both the A. F. of L.
and t*ye CIO.
Prominent among the list of speakers is Michael Quill,
president of the Transport Workers’ Union, whose brilliant
leadership has brought prominent national attention.
' Efforts to have Father Charles Rice of Pittsburgh and
Rabbi Edward L. Israel of Baltimore address the delegates
al '£. tyn’ng made, but as we go to press we cannot announce
;definite acceptance.
Tentative plans announced by the
committee In rhurcc of arrange
ments are for registration to com
mence at 10 a m. Wednesday, with
jthe call to order and report of cre
dentials and rules committee at
11:30 p. m
I The opening session will hear the
• chairman's and officers' reports and
. ithe appointments of convention
committees announced,
i Credentials, rules, officers' report,
resolutioas. grievance and union
i label, legislative, constitutional and
publicity committees will be named
and commence their functioning
I during the night,
i Thursday morning session will
\open at 10 o'clock and adjourn at
• 12:15 p. m. for taking of a photo
graph on the steps ot the Public
Safety building
j The afternoon session will com
jmencc at 2 o'clock to hear visiting
speakers and act upon committee
| reports
Hillbilly Night
program of rntrrlaiiiinriit
in the hillbilly style will be
given at 8:30 Thursday night,
and is to be followed by refresh
ments. The affair will he staged
at the Rubber Workers' Hall,
which is specially decorated for
the occasion. Officials of all
loeal unions are being invited to
join with the delegates in the
Friday morning at 10 o'clock
thr convention will swing into
its final day's work of adoption
of reports and planning action.
Election of officers and an ex
ecutive hoard will take place at
the final session on Friday aft
Visitors Welcome
Local CIO heads have announced
that all sessions will be public and
there will be a fairly large amount
of space available to scat visitors to
the convention. In the event of
scarcity of seats, the preference will
be given to those having CIO mem
bership cards
The newly elected executive board
is expected to hold its first meeting
immediately following adjournment
of the convention.
First in Years
The convention will be the firs
-latewide gathering of a labor body
in Cumberland for many years, and
the proceedings will be followed
with interest by the entire labor
movement of thia section.
Delegates have been elected from
nearly all affiliated unions In West
ern Maryland.
I Invitations have been aent to
r To Speak Here
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r-irtii* Jj§ ''Jt}’
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Michael Quill, president of the
Transport Workers' Cnion of the
CTO. who will be one of the speak
ers at thr Maryland and District af
Columbia Industrial I’nions Coun
cil's second annual convention In
Cumberland next week.
John B Easton, president West Vt%
gtnia Industrial Union Council;
John Phillips, president Pennsyl
vania Industrial Union Council, and
others connected with the labor
movement In the Tri-State area.
Regular Meeting of the
i Western
; Maryland
>| Industrial Union
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; at 8:00 p. m.
Third Floor
! Rtibbor Workort Hall I
12 South Mechanic St.
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