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CELANESE UNION NEGOTIATORS
OPEN CONTRACT TALKS SOON rvrl liaborJ Vol. V, No. 33 Governor O'Conor Urges Opening Of Second Front CUMBERLAND, Md., August 15—“ Time grows short," Gov ernor Herbert R. O’Conor warned in a radio speech over VVTBO this week, “and every day lost makes success” in a second front against Hitler more difficult. <?' Recounting the progress of the war since his last speech before Western Maryland people here in June, the governor praised the co operation of every citizen and laud ed labor’s efforts in war production and civilian defense activities as he spoke August 12. Urging the swift establishment of a second front against Hitler as the best means of Victory, Gov ernor O’Conor declared “unless the second front comes into being very quickly, and makes itself felt very strongly before winter, there is the possibility that German troops now fighting in Russia may be shifted back to meet any attacks that may be launched.” GRAVE DANGER Sounding the hones of the people of the United Nations, O’Conot said "if Russia could manage to hold Germany until winter, hopes for a United Nations Victory in 194.1 would appear reasonable. With conditions as they ate. however, and with Russia's armies falling Register to Vote Drive Is Planned CUMBERLAND, Md., August 15—The county political battle moved closer to the first fighting line this week as primary day. September 8, drew nearer. A the same time, labor prepared : to open up a registration campaign ; to make every working man and ' woman and their families in the county a registered voter. A drive to inform every worker of the necessity of being a registered voter, and registering on September 2, is planned. Efforts to bring out labor votes for labor candidates in the pri maries are being carried on by county labor organizations. In Baltimore, meanwhile. Mary land labor unions. AFL. CIO and Railroad Brotherhoods, met for the first time in the history of labor In the state, and planned an or ganization to work for the election of labor endorsed candidates. Ear lier a permanent organization, called the Maryland Labor Unity Conference, was established as the result of joint political meetings of the three labor groups. BULLETIN Boyd E. Payton, chairman of C:. A. Dept, became the new Local 1874 vice-president today after re ceiving a majority of the votes cast in a two-day union election, Boy Craze, chairman of the elec tion committee announced. Payton drew a majority over four opponents, Craze said .and a run off will not be necessary. John E. Neal ran second to Payton and ; was followed by Michael O. Blake, Kenneth L. Tooliey and Charles K. Graham, Craze said. Payton re places Joseph Burley, local 1871 vice-president, who resigned to en list in the If. S. Army. 89 Entered an Second Class Matter. Past Office, Washington, '****' D. C.. under the Act of Aug. 24. 1912 and Feb. 28. 1926 — - —— back continuously, there is grave danger that hundreds of thousands of German troops may be released from the Russian fiont this winter for the offensives against the United Nations elsewhere.” Answering the critics of a second front, the governor declared "this is a war of speed, a war in which time counts as it has never counted before in a world struggle.” He cited the existence of large num bers of American airmen and troops, “including numerous detach ments of Commandos . . . waiting for the decision, the zero hour, that will launch the much-longed for offensive along Europe’s West Coast.” "Even the scarcity of shipping can be overcome," the governor believed, “to whatever extent may be necessary, to supply additional troops, and to outfit them for what ever offensive may be launched from England. But time grows short, and every day lost makes success in such an effort more dif ficult.” City Moves on Scrap Drive Cumberland, Md., August 15- Residents of Cumberland will go digging for scrap metals next week when the Cumberland salvage cam paign opens. Cumberlanders will be asked to give all scrap metals, valuable to our war effort, to truck drivers who will comb all sections of the city at times to be announced with in the next two weeks. "Hr JE-.. . S K / JflL ■ TESTIFIES: Henry Kaiser, treat coust shipbuilder, as he appeared before a Senate committee to urge government authorization for con struction of huge air cargo planes. YLAND EDITION Voice of Labor Is Kicked Upstairs Here is the new Voice of Labor, now the Western Maryland edition of The CIO NEWS! The style and size of the new Voice of Labor is in conformity with the style and size of The CTO NEWS, and except for the addition of more national CIO news and editorials, the local news content of the paper remains the same. As you know, the Voice of Labor ’ was printed in the plant of the publishers of the two Cumberland daily papers. Last week they re fused to print the Voice of Labor any more. Why did they refuse? Pressure from John L. Lewis and John T. Jones brought the refusal. Lewis and Jones, reacting to the anti- Lewis editorial printed in the July 30 issue of the Voice of Labor, threatened to sue the Times & Alleganian Co. for libel, and bluffed the company into printing an edi torial disclaiming any responsibility for the Voice of Labor anti-Lewis editorial. Lewis and Jones, however, did not threaten the Voice of Labor with a libel suit. They apparently knew that the Voice of Labor anti-* Lewis editorial was not libelous i and that the Voice of Labor could not be scared. 1 FREEDOM OF PRESS At any rate, the Times & Alle ganian Co. scares easily. They not only forgot about freedom of the press, but threw out the judgment of William Gephart. managing edi tor of the Cumberland News, who read and found no fault with the Voice of Labor anti-Lewis editorial. The editorial printed in the August 5 edition of the Cumberland Times is something else, however. Lewis and Jones held guns to a ! writers' back, and thus it was > written. Lewis and Jones put words in the mouth of the writer, and the Cumberland Times passed off the sentiment of Lewis and Jones as their sentiment. The Cumberland Times editorial stated: “Such editorials as this are unfair, untimely and in fact, i play into Mr. Hitler’s hands by breeding disunity. Let such prac tices cease.” LEWIS DESERVED ATTACK It is true that the Voice of Labor 1 editorial attacked John L. Lewis, i He deserved to be attacked. It is fair to attack him. just as it is fair to attack all other defeatists in this country. It is timely to attack him, just as it is timely to attack all other defeatists in this country. The people, the readers of the Voice of Labor, expect the Voice of Labor to take the lead in exposing alt defeatists and the Voice of Labor carried out the dic tum of the people. The Cumberland Times charac terized the Voice of Labor editorial as “an editorial attacking the Ameri canism of John L. Lewis.” The Voice of Labor did not attack the Americanism of John L. Lewis. It attacked Lewis’ role in this people’s war. If the Voice of Labor attack is not enough, let us read what CIO President Murray has to say: “I have had my personal dis- Put es, personal disagreements with Mr. Lewis over matters of national and international sig nificance. I have consistently supported the President of the United States since his election, day in and day out, without fal tering. I supported President Roosevelt for re-election in the fall of litlO when President Lewis a . 17 i n< „sl & Year, 3c a Copy AllgUSl 17, 19 12 $,.50 in ('anada .'■ told me that I should not do so. "Prior to the Detroit convention or the CIO in the fall or DMI, when my report had been pre pared and read for submission to the Detroit CIO convention. Presi dent Lewis evidenced disagree ment with my declarations upon foreign policy by suggesting that I should go to the city of Detroit and there in convention with him fight the foreign policies of the President of the United States. “f told him that I would not do that, that to do so would be regarded as an act of treason, j that as a member of a union and an officer of the union my com mitments ran not only to labor hut to the |eoplc of the United States of America as well. I in vited Mr. la>wis to come to the ! city of Detroit and there debate the merits of our respective po sitions in the presence of that great constitutional convention. He did not come.” Further, President Murray de clared: “It seems that President Lewis is hell-bent upon the creation of national confusion and national | discontent. ... I am forced under these circumstances in defense of these unions and in defense of American labor to say . . . despite any attacks that he might make upon me or my unions or these unions affiliated with the CIO, I shall light with every drop of blood in my veins for the preservation of our organizations, their integrity and the promotion of our national well-being and war effort.” Thus, President Murray exposes John L. Lewis’ role in our present war to defeat the fascist axis. A man in Lewis’ position should take a leading part in the war effort, in seeking to build a pow erful national unity to dextroy tliose who would destroy us. Lewis has not done this. On the contrary, Lewis has wrapped him self in self-acclaimed "American ism” and fostered disunity in the labor movement and in the vari ous communities throughout the nation in which Lewis puppets are running rampant. Lewis has refused to accept the leadership of President Roosevelt in our war effort, has refused to acknowledge the fact that the United States is now aligned with liberty loving people of China, Rus sia and Great Britain who have joined together to battle one com mon foe, and has refused to moti vate himself with a true unseliish purpose of doing everything to win the war. The great majority of tlie American people have done this. John L. Lewis has not. Until such a time as John L. Lewis publicly states that he will take his place with all other pa triotic Americans in this peoples’ war to defeat the fascist axis, la*wis will continue to he ex posed. And the Times & Alleganian Co. should wake up to the fact that they have been bluffed by a cheap Lewis trick. One can expect, from the Times & Alleganian capitula- fe r* Seek Union Shop,Wag€ Increases CUMBKRLAND, Md. August 15— An enlarged negotiating committee composed of 20 shop chairmen and officers of Local 1 1874, TWUA, will present de mands for a new contract to officials of the Celanese Corpora tion of America “very shortly” union officials announced after the adoption of a set of contract proposals by union members this week. The negotiating committee, en larged to bring representation in contract talks to every department in the plant, will present demands for a union shop, "substantial in creases in wages,” bonuses for shift workers and bonuses for (Vlanese workers now serving in the armed forces, the union leaders reported. Proposals for the contract de mands were approved by union members at a packed general mem bership meeting August 12. COMMITTEE TO MEET The membership set into motion * the negotiating committee machin ery by authori/.ing a meeting of the full committee Monday, August 17, at 7 p.m. in Textile Hall. Included on the committee, besides George A. Meyers, president, and John G. Thomas, secretary-treasurer, and a vice-president who is to be elected in the special election held this week, are: Maty A. Giady, Barkwinding: Playford Aldridge. Bobbin stores; Boyd E. Payton, C. A.; Charles O. Wade, Downtwisting; George F. Crawford, Dyehouse; Michael Brod erick, Service; Walter R. Walters. Engineering; Gilbert Lewis, Fin ished Fabric; Lester H. Jay, Spin ning; James Stewart, Filteration; Lewis Hartman, Cafeteria; Dennis McCulley, Warp Knit; Urcel Mc- Cullough. Coning; Genevieve Meyers, Twisting; Perle Miller, Cap Spun: Elizabeth Widdows, Twisting Exam; and A. A. Allbright. negotia lor-al-large. Union olticials reported that the new contract demands were drawn up from the proposals submitted by all plant departments. Reports on the progress of nego tiations will be made at all com mittee meetings in August. The meetings are scheduled for August 19 and 26. The next general mem bership meeting is set for Septem ber 9, almost four weeks before the expiration of tiie 1941-1942 con t raet. Textile Workers Pledge Renewed Support to Paper Cumberland, Md„ Aug. 15— Re iteration of support to the Voice of Labor in its new form as the Western Maryland edition of the CIO News, was voted by rank and tile Celanese workers at a general membership meeting of Local 1874. In a letter, read at the August 12 union meeting, CIO President Philip Murray indicated that it was the duty of local unions to maintain and increase support to the labor press as a means of bringing CIO policy to the peo ple. Local 1874, in its move to maintain support to the Voice of Labor, voted to comply with President Murray’s request. lion to the bluffs and threats of a would-be dictator, that the Times & Allcganinn Co. would fall pros trate and lick the boots of Hitler If he ever walked into their office and voiced dissatisfaction with some of their statements. The Voice of Labor will ne'ver do that—to a Hitler or a Lewis.