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VOL. IX—No. 33
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ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 8.—Balanc
ing of the books and completion of
the reports of our activities in the
South during 1039, show that the past
year witnessed the greatest growth of
the American Federation of Labor
in the South than in any one year of
our history. Our records for the past
year show substantial increases and
adavncements in the following phases
of our activities:
More labor unions were organised
in 1939 than in any other year of
our history.
Established local unions throughout
the South show greater increases in
membership than ever before.
Wage increases obtained through
collective bargaining and peaceful ne
gotiations were much larger in 1939
than ever before, millions of dollars
having been so obtained for our mem
beisnip through these wage in
Renewal of agreements with out
employers far exceeds any year in
past history.
New agreements obtained with em
ployers more than doubled the num
ber of any year in the history of our
And what 1 consider of greater im
portance in these agreements, both
renewals and new, we obtained vaca
irons with pay for tens of thousands
of our meuiDera who had never before
enjoyed this beneficial and manifest
ly just consideration. 1 cannot stress
the importance of vacations with pay
too emphatically. This provision pro
motes health and happiness, provides
test and recreation, all of which tend
to lengthen life and increase effi
ciency. Employers have found that it
is to their best interests to provide
their regular employes with vacations
with pay. We have emphasized this
feature of agreements in all negotia
tions during the past year.
All of our City Central Labor Un
ions, Building and Metal Trades
Councils, Joint Councils of group or
Mawiaew WoU, Vice President
of the American Federation of
Labor, is also President of the
Union Label Trades Department.
He has been a member of the In
ternational Photo-Engravers’
Union of North America for over 40
yean and served as International
President of this organization from
1906 to 1929. He is also Presi
dent of the Labor Press of Amer
ica, Worken’ Educational Bureau,
American Wage Earners’ Protec
tive Conference and the Union
Labor Life Insurance Company.
Mr.: WoU was admitted to the
practice of law in 1904 and is one
of the outstanding authorities on ,
Labor legislation.
In addition to his organized .
Labor activities, Mr. Woll has 1
played an important part in civic
organizations as well as interna
tional conferences. He was the
fraternal delegate to the British
Trades Union Congress in 1916.
He served as a member of the
War Labor Board and as assistant
to Samuel Gompers, Chairman of
the Committee on Labor of the Na
tional Defense Council, during the
World War in 1917. He has been
a leader in civic, social, charitable
and other welfare organizations
throughout his active career.
He is well known as a writer
and speaker on Labor and economic
topics. *
His address is, Mr. Matthew
Woll, President, Union Label
Trades Department, 670 L ‘-gton
Ave., New York, N. Y. For further
information regarding Union'
Labels, Shop Cards and Service
Buttons write Mr. I. M. Omburn.
Secretary-Treasurer, Union Label
Trades Department, American
Federation of Labor Building,
Washington, D. CL
ganisations, and our splendid State
Federations of Labor, nave reported
tremendous growth ill 198$,- greater
by far than ever before.
These advancements in Labors
ranks, these elevations in Labor
standards, these accomplishments
which mean so much to all of us, did
not come of their own accord. In each
state in our great southland the of
ficers of the State Federation of La
bor led their movements with such
devotion to duty and in a spirit of
fearlessness and determination so
marked that their leadership was an
inspiration to workers everywhere.
In the cities the officers and dele
gates in the Cetnral Labor Unions,
Trades Counids and District meet
ings gave of their time and means
and presented such unified forceful
ness that victory came as a natural
consequence. Aiding these officers
and members were our A. F. of L.
representatives and the field repre
sentatives of our affiliated National
and International Unions, all work
ing in co-operative and harmonious
Backing up these many forces and
influences just mentioned, and most
powerful in its constant support of
of them, were the labor papers of the
south—great agencies whose editors
and publishers make sacrifices $66
days in the year in such splendid
manner as to challenge the admira
tion of every member of organbted
So great has been the progress
made in the South by our A. F. of L.
movement that plans are now being1
perfected for a great meeting to be
held at an early date, at which all of
our Southeastern State Federations
of Labor, District Councils, Central
Labor Unins, and all Local Unions
will have representatives. Attending
as invited guests will be all ranking
officers of the American Federation
of Labor and a large number of In
ternational Union officials. The pro
gram is being so arranged that each
and every local union from all f*
Central Labor Union handled much
business at it* meeting last night
(Wednesday), with a fur attendance
of delegates present. The organisa
tion committee will start off with Ha
program January 29th at the Team
sters and Chauffeurs Hall. Pegram
and Belmont Avenue, at which time
efforts will be put forth for the more
thorough organisation of the city,
county and state highway workers.
T. A. Wilson, chairman of the Work
men's Compensation board is expected
to be the chief speaker.
Brother J. A. Moore, of the Ma
chinists Union and a member of the
Parkp and Recreation Commission,
gave a few figures and facts as to
the activities of that body daring the
past year, which were both enlight
ening and encouraging, showing that,
body to be functioning 100 per cent
Brother Moore is Labor’s representa
tive on the board, and next week The
Journal will carry an article which
will go into details as to this endeavor,
Which organized labor in Charlotte is
supporting 100 per cent
Particular attention was given to
the children and their play ground
'area, skating coming in for a full
portion of talk. The Park and Rec
reation Commission has a plan map
ped out which if it comes to a sue
(eessful termination, will be given to
tour readers later.
tiona of the south will have opportun
ity to present its ease directly to the
highest officials in the Amehican Fed
eration of Labor and its affiliated In
ternational Unions. Plans are being
made for a large attendance of
southern labor representatives at this
All of which is for the purpose of
making still greater gains in the
south in 1940, than were made in 1939,
to emphasise as never before that
there is but one legitimate labor move
ment in the United States, and to
adopt a program for 1940 in the
south that will make it possible for
our leaders in all communities to
work more closely together than ever
In thanldng everyone who haa
helped our movement to reach its pin
nacle in 1939, I am asking for each
one’s continued support in 1940 in full
confidence that it will be enthusiasti
cally forthcoming. In closing, may I
stress the request recently made by
President Green that we of the Amer
ican Federation of Labor must not
lend our support to the political
schemes of John L. Lewis ana his so
called "Labor’s Non-Partisan Politi
cal League.” The CIO has no stand
ing in the south, and this being elec
tion year, the few leaders they have
in Dude are making strenuous effort
to make some kind of a showing by
engaging in political activities under
Lewis’ Non-Partisan League. They
will make every effort to set member*
of our American Federation of Labor
Unions into their political schemes in
order to lend some degree of dignity
and respectability to their campaign.
I am confident that President Green
will have no cause for alarm insofar
as our southern unions are concerned.
Further details of the meeting men
tioned above will be made public at
an early date. »
William S. Greene
On the Up-Turn
William S. Greene, the affable and
popular secretary of Charlotte Cen
tral Labor Union, the secretary of
the Musicians local and The Journal’s
“I Question” columnist, while is re
cuprating is still numberd among the
“flu” victims. He says there may be
worse things than the “flu” but its
doubtful. Here's hoping that he will
be out on the job again, full time, in
the near future. (And he showed up a
little pale, but on the job at Central
body meeting Wednesday night).
I paid flOO for that dog. He’s part
collie and part bull.
What part is bull?
jk The part about 91100.
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■i Victor Bo»to« CoU«f* In theXottao Bowl It Belas, Texas, by « score of 6 to 3, valiant Clerason
OoUega rf Sooth Carolina neehred » trowondooa ovation fro* Texans whan tha trophy of victory waa
awarded New Taac'a night. friends of John Nance Gamer, the flrat dtixen of Texas, ware hoata at a gala
dinner whan Many Hu»hee (left), vice chairman of the Garner-for-Preaident committee, presented the
magnificent trophy to Joe
Vice President
of the
dotles to
The also
attending a
Meany assumed the office of Secre
tary-Treasurer «f the American Fed
eration of Labor here on January 1,
Mr. Meany was elected to the office
of Seeretary-Treasurer by the 1939
convention of the American Federa
tion of Labor at Cincinnati, Ohio.
He has been a member of the
United Association of Plumbers and
Steamfitters of the United States
and Canada for many. yean ana
served as a business agent of the
Plumbers Union of New York City.
He urns also secretary of the Build
ing Trades Council of New York.
When elected Secretary-Treasurer of
the American Federation of Labor, he
was president of the New York State
Federation of Labor, from which of
fice he retired on December 81, 1939.
Oyer 3,000 Attend
Banquet For Meany
At Hotel Commodore
NEW YORK, N. Y.—The greatest
throng ever gathered within the Ho
tel Commodore' to celebrate a single
event attended a testimonal dinner
in honor of George Meany, secretary
treasurer of the American Federa
tion of Labor, which was given by all
the A. F. of L. unions of New York
City on Saturday, December 80th.
Tbs crowd, according to an official
count by the management of the hote>,
totaled 8,600—a number approached
only at a dinner in honor of Charles
A. Lindbergh in 1927 following his
flight to Paris.
The assemblage included William
Green, president of the American
Federation of. Labor; Frank Morrison,
CHICAGO, 111.—In less than a year
three billion and a quarte of union
labels on bread and bread wrappers
rafter'd "kmes
Workers’ International Union ox
America. The period covered war
January 1 to October 1, 1939. The
international union, through these
gains in union local output, heads a
large number of American Federa
tion of labor unions using union Ia
Teacher: George, can you tell me
what the four seasons are 7
Pupil: Pepper, salt, mustard and
the beloved veteran of the labor
movement, who ha* just retired after
43 years of splendid service; Third
Vice-President Matthew Wall, Fourth
Vice-President John Coefield, Presi
dent John P. Coyne, of the Budding
and Construction Jrads Dpartmem,
President John Possehl, of the Inter
national Union of Operating Ehgin
eers, President Joseph A. Mullaney,
of the Asbestos Workers interns
tional Association and scores of other
national, state and local leaders of or
ganized labor.
Also present were Governor Her
bert H. Lehman, Mayor F. H. U
Guardia, Lieutenant-Governor Charles
Poletti, State Industrial Commis
sioner Frieda S. Miller, Mrs. Anna
M. Rosenberg, regional director of
the Social Security Board, and scores
of other notables of public life.
Green began his sixteenth year as
president of the American Federation
of Labor on January 1, 1840.
In December, 1834, he was appoint
ed president of the American Federa
tion of Labor by the A. F. of L. ex
ecutive council following the death of
Samuel Gompers and was elected
president by the 1835 A, F. of L. con
vention. Since 183b the has. Been
elected President eg|ry, year without
The general executive beard of the
International Ladies’ Garment Work
ers’ Union has allocated $336,000 to
refugee relief organisations. The
board described toe donation, raised
through half-pay gifts by the mem
bership, as the largest fund ever
raised by an American' labor - union
for humanitarian, purposes. The
money will be distributed to relief
distribution agencies in several for
eign countries.
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Monday in Jan. :.
The Women’s Auxiliary of Char
lotte Typographical Union will-have
their next meeting with Mrs. Buiord
L. Green, 1716 Garden Terrace, on
Monday, January 39th. The ladies
had a very successful year in 1838,
and are looking forward to greater
activity in 1948. Mrs. Green as host
ess will be assisted by Mrs. Louis H.
Dosh and Mrs. W. M. Witter as joint
Frank Crane gave us this woriBerful article—wisdom
to one and alL YOU MUST KNOW YOURSELF before you
can determine whether you are a failure or not, and even
then you are not a failure. Each one must DIG, throwing
aside the dross, seeking the gold that is hidden within us.
Frank Crane was one of the oest writers oi our time; to
have read, and to read, after him in the compiled collection
of hia writings, gives one a true insight into living and the
Joy of it alL “The Unworked Mine” is but a sample of the
genius of Frank Crane.
You have hidden in yon unknown treasures.
On the surface you may look barren—nothing but sand and rocks.
Others paining nay think you uninteresting. You may think so yoar
Yon say:
MI am commonplace. I am good for nothing. I have no charac
ter, no force, I can do nothing excellently. I see this genius play the
violin, and that one sing, and another build, and other amass, money
or speak eloquently or write charmingly, but my hands are 'trifling.
I am next to impotence.”
“A is beautiful; B in strong; C is learned, and D is famous. But
I—I am nothing.”
Well, many had gone over the ground and despised it until one
day Stratton dug there and found one of the moat amaxing gold mines
in the world.
How do you know wthat’s in yon until, you dig and see?
In you is Power. It may lie deep. You have never touched its
vein. It will stay there unsuspected and useless until you die, if you
don’t dig for it.
In you in beauty. Every soul is beautiful—somewhere. Down there
within you is loveliness, charm, a wonderful, divine order and sym
metry. It is worth searching for. DIG!
In you is wisdom. There is no real wisdom outside of you, none
that will do you any good. It is within you. You can find it in the
long hours of silence when yon seek among the caverns of your soul.
You can find it, gems of H, like diamonds, lying in the ledges, if you
use diligently the shovel of meditation.
!■ you is goodness. The granite rocks that underlie every soul
good. Go after what is in you. There is peace and contentment
uad^ righteousness and loyalty and love. They are all within you.
And there is God. There is heaven itself. Did not the Wise One
say “You shall not say, Lo, here nor Lo, there, for the Kingdom of
Heaven Is within you”?
How can I come at it? DIGI Seek and ye shall find.
No books, no teachers, no events can give you what you want,
ns you work your own mine.
Th« answer to the starry sky is the infinite within you.
You will find within you Riches and Force and Passion and Joy.
For these are mixed in the clay of ail soui». And He who made
man’s body out of the dust of the earth mixed strange treasures

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