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VOL. IX—No. 43
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CHARLOTTE, N. C, TH^MDAY, MARCH 14, IMO
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LABOR’S CONFERENCE AT ATLANTA
MARCH 2 AND 3, MATTER OF HISTORY;
BUT AFTER EFFECTS WILL BE FELT
ATLANTA, Ga., March II.—His
tory was made in the meeting of the
the great Southern Labor Conference
held here on March 2 and 3. A new
chapter in the South’s progreta wait
written by that great event. A defi
nite turning point in the South’* phil
osophy wa* reached and successfully
negotiated on March 2 and 3, 1940.
The South’* finest citizenship came
to Atlanta on those days for a very
definite purpose, and that purpose
was accomplished in Buch emphasized
manner that future historians will
give to the Southern Labor Confer
ence of 1940 a prominent place in the
« South’s history.
From Norfolk, Va., to Shreveport,
La., 1239 miles due east and west, and
from Frankfort, Ky., to Miami, Fla.,
1109 miles north and south, came del
egations representing State Federa
tions of Labor, City Central Labor
Unions, Building Trades Councils,
Metal Trades Councils, District Coun
cils, Railroad Systems, Union Label
Leagues, Women's Auxiliaries and
Local Unions, to gather in Atlanta
for the greatest American Federation
of Labor gathering ever held in the
history of this powerful organiza
tion.
Southern hospitality has never
been lavished upon any gathering of
people in more whole-hearted and gen
uine manner than that showered upon
the visiting American Federation of
Labor officials and delegations. From
the moment of the arrival of the train
bearing President Wm. Green and his
official family at the Terminal Sta
tion early Saturday morning, March
2, until Mr. Green left the city at 6:20
Sunday evening, Atlanta and the
South shouted a great welcome to
him. That President Green was hail
ed as a hymbol of honesty and right
eousness as the leader of an Amer
ican institution based upon honesty
and righteousness and impressed
upon him every moment that he re
main in the city.
As early as 7 o’clock on that Sat
urday morning the people bqput
gathering at the Terminal Station,
and when the train bearing President
G een and his party arrived an hour
later, thousands of people had as
sembled at the station to welcome him
and his isjueiates. At his first ap?
pea’ance Atlanta's own Union band
si-- uek up the strains of Dixie’s wel
tumf. and the assembled thousands
added their hearty applause to the
welcoming notes of the band. Offi
cially meeting and greteing President
Green were Georgia’s Governor E. D.
Rivers. Atlanta’s Mayor W. D. Harts
fiold, George L. Googe, southern rep
" entative of the American Federa
tion of Labor; Charles B. Grambling,
oresident of the Atlanta Federation of
Trades, and Albert W. Gossett, chair
man of the Committee on Arrange
ments.
It was an auspicious moment when
President Grene, walking between the
Governor of Geo* gia and the Mayor
of Atlanta, and flanked on both sides
by thousands of cheering men and
women, traversed the long corridor of
the Terminal Station and passed
through the spacious waiting room to
enter the Mayor’s automobile in wait
ing to bear him to his hotel. Adding
to the scene was the uniformed offi
ci ! escort of six men who had been
n* med by the state and city to be at
t’ service of President Green dur
. i* bis stay in Atlanta. He was then
t 1. n to the Henry Grady Hotel,
where the Roosevelt suite at that fa
ir us hostelry had been placed at his
disposal.
While the visiting A. F. of L. offi
cials were checking into rooms that
had been reserved for them in the
leading hotels of the city, the delega
tions from the ten states comprising
the Southren Labor Conference were
registering at the City Auditorium
and depositing credentials with their
respective state secretaries. At 10
o'clock the Conference was formally
opened and after add: esses of welcome
by the Governor ami Mayor, the bus
iness of the Conference began.
At the noon hour another expres
sion of appreciation and confidence in
the American Federaiton of Labor
was manifested in impressive manner
at a luncheon given by Mr. Freston
S. Arkwright, President oft he Geor
gia Power Company, to President
Green, his associates, and the officers
and leaders in industry, business, and
finance and one hundred labor offi
cials, including the executive officers
of the Stale Federaitons in the ten
Southern States. Mr. Arkwrght, as
President of the Georgia Power Com
pany, is recognized as the largest
employer of union labor in the State
of Georgia, and his address at the
luncheon inspired the labor officials
and challenged the admiration of the
representatives of business attending
the luncheon.
Mr. Arkwright related his pleasure
and profitable expel ience during the
past 20 years in dealing with unions
of which his employes are members,
and declared that he would not con
sider for a moment any attempt to op
erate with non-union or unorganized j
workers, and praised President
Green’s leadership of the American j
Federation of Labor.
The afternoon sesison of the Con-!
ference in the City Auditorium con
ttinued almost to the hour of the ban
quet that had been prepared by the
Atlanta Fede.aiton of Trades. This
banquet was held at the Ansley Hotel
where 900 people crowded into the
Louis J. Dinkier room for the occa
sion. Further evidences of the South’s
welcome to the American Federaton
of Labor and its officials were «m
phasized at the banquet, which was
given in honor of Seeretai y-Emt . i
tus Frank Morrison and Sec, eta y
Treasurer George '.!. ’»uy , J&i***'*™'
Green was the principal «p3#J:V at
this banquet and hi- address was cai-j
ried over a nation-wide hook-up by
the National Broadcasting Company,
through the facilities of WSB He
was introduced by GoveiH-e £. D
Rivers, and in this introductory b.
the Governor the nati- a was infointed
of the South’s exp essions of W' V 'HI'
to the American Federation of Labor
and its leaders. Frank Morrison, to
43 years Secretary of the A. F. of L.,
has alwuys been popular among the
southern people, and the ovation
given him at the banquet attested
that his name is still a magic wo'd
in any gatheiing of southern woik
ers.
Secretary-Treasurer Meany, elected
to this office upon retirement of for
mer Secretary Monison at the Cin
cinnati convention last October, was
introduced at the banquet to his first
southern audience. A native of New
York, Mr. Meany was for many years
president of the New York State Fed
eration of Labor, and it was his out
standing leadership in that work
which made him the unanimous choice
of the Cincinnati convention as suc
cessor to the beloved Frank Morris
son. Mr. Meany did not make a long
speech, nor did ne attempt any flights
of oratory, yet his address to that
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great assembly gars him a place high
in the esteem of the people of tie
South. Honesty, sincerity, capaMUto.
devotion to duty and a high sense M
fair play and fair dealings, weft
readily recognised by the audkjft
as outstanding characteristics of Mr.
Meany’s nature. Never has Southern
audiences accepted any one with more
spontaneous and enthusiastic welcome
than was manifested for Secretory
Meany at this meeting.
Dewey L. Johnson, president of the
Atlanta Federation of Trades, aeetofc
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business*
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ed by George L. _
many notable men in
the professions i
Governor Rivers,
Congressman Ban..— -- ——
tor Keatingt Chief Justice Charles
S. Reid, and nnmerous other outstand
ing leaders.
A touching seenet was enacted when
Jerome Jones, the “Samuel Gompers
of the South,” was presented. As he
arose, his frail body speaking elo
quently of his long years of labor
leadership in the South, the
crowd rose as one man and the
...__is men
*nd women of all ranks in life joined
in one mighty burst of applause h
recognition of the lift and work and
worth of the South’s own Jerome
(ones.
In addition to the regular conference
program during the day, the banquet
Saturday night, and the luncheon at
:he noon hour, many group meetings
were caller, several of which weed
lield Friday night even before the
■onference started. International of
ficers met with their own organisers
mid local union officials, thus bring
ing the International and the Local
unions of the South into personal
md intimate contact and conference,
rhose group meetings lasted through
out Sunday, and many were held ou
.Monday, after adjournment of the
general Conference. One of the pre
Conference events of noteworthy im
portance was a raido broadcast Fri
day night in which President Johnson
and Judge Joseph A. Padway par
. c: pa ted. The Atlanta Journal's
'‘Editorial Hour” on WSB was given
over to Labor Friday night preced
ing the opening of the Conference,
and a highly important chapter of
the Conference was written at that
time.
On Sunday morning ^resident ur
filled the pulpit at Druid Hills Bap*
list church. Rev. Dr. Louie D. New
ton, pastor, having invited Mr. Green
to speak from his pulpit. The large
edifice was filled to overflowing with
a membership and victors anxious.
»o hear the president of the InA
can Federation TX, Liber. The ad
dress was broadcasts and tens of thou
sands in the radio audiflhce also
heard labor's chieftain speaking
front the pulpit of the noted Druid
n ils Baptist church.
Lute in the afternoon President
Green spoke at the Conference proper
and the thousands who heard him in
the dosing session of the two-days’.
..lifting declared that hit presenta
tion of the record of achievements of
the American Federation of Labor
was the most powerful address of the
popular leader’s career. Time and,
time again his address was inter-1
rupted by such spontaneous and en-l
thusiastic applause that no room for|
any doubt was left in the mind of
any one that' President Wm. Green
is Southein Labor’s ideal in labor
leadership and statesmanship. He
left the Auditorium soon after com
pletion 01 his address to board a train
for Washington, and a great host of
friends accompanied him to the sta
tion, happy in having had the great
leader in the Southland, yet reluc
tant to see him leave. President
Green’i recqptidn in Atlanta, the
am which
execution or the ruil program i
had been arranged for Sim, a pro
- am that taxed his strength and en
durance, the manifold honors that
were heaped upon him throughout his
all too brief stay in this city, the
clamoring crowd of enthusiastic
friends gathered about him for a last
word of farewell or to make the final
good wish for his safe journey back
to his office in Washington, consti
tuted an emphatic and unassailable
answer to all of Mr. Green’s critics.
The Southern Labor Conference
gave to the South its opportunity to
say to the world that the South la
wholly dedicated to the high prin
ciples of the American Federation of
Labor upon which it has stood for
three score years. Because Preaidant
Green has had the courage, **■* III
the face of concentrete<L^vicious at
tacks upon him by combinations of
destructionists, to stand firmly by tbo
established principles of tbs Ameri
can Federation of Labor, the South
received him with these signal honors.
It was the South’s manner of ex
pressing its gratitude to President
Green and its eternal loyn% to tin
high and holy and human*
of the American Federa ‘
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KINNEY SHOE CO, TO PA'
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THIS WEEK
Bonuses amounting to _
being distributed this week'to
ployees of the 340 Kinney Shoe Stores
in accordance with the company's
profit sharing plan.
This year's bonus represents an in*
crease of 68 per cent ever the
WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOR
BY rwABT.Bg STELZLE
The world is dosing in on the
measure of “personal liberty" you
may enjoy. It was never truer than
it is today that “no man liveth unto
dmadf." This is certainly true in
he countries which are now engaged
in war. And restrictions of the se
rerest character are plso being placed
apoa those who live in so-called neu
tral countries.
We may talk as we please about
nir Bill of Rights and our Constitu
tional privileges, but there are some
things of which even these do not
treat and they are things which affect
as in our everyday life. They are
to personal that in many cases they
mnnot be reached by the law. The
A'hoie doctrine of law has been re
luced by Blackstone, one of the
world’s greatest legal authorities to
:his simple formula: “first, that we
ihould live honestly; second, that we
inrt nobody; and third, that we should
render to every one his due." And
his formula applies to bosses as well
is to workers.
The application of these principles
o social relationships, to the labor
iroblem, to forms of government, and
o international affairs, would settle
(very legal question which gdisturbs
he world today. Unfortunately the
corking out of these principles if
if ten overshadowed by covetousneas,
ligotry, hatred and envy, and these
ead to personal conflict, class strug
gles, and sometime* to world war.
Because of this fact there arises
the necessity for a higher law. It
was handed down to us thousands of
years ago. Here it is: “Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself." This
law was announced by the Great
Teacher when he was asked the ques
tion as to what is the first and great
commandment, and when He told the
story of the Good Samaritan as an
illustration of this principle.
We can’t go wrong on any decision
of course of action with this law as
the guiding principle of our life. Ap
plied to human relationships there
would be no world wars, no class
struggles, no labor problems, no per
sonal conflicts. And <f rankly, any
thing less than this refbces mankind
to the level of thinking expressed in
the motto: "Every man for himself,
and may the devil take the hindmost."
An unknown “neighbor” once wrote
these words as his guide in his rela
tionship to others:
| “I shall pass through this world but
'once. Any good, therefore, that I
can do or any kindness that I can
show to any human being, let me do
it now. Let me not defer or neglect
it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
This should be the spirit of every
man who would be a “neighbor” in
the truest sense—and verity, he shall
have his reward, and he need not wa’t
for that reward in whatever life
there may be in the future.
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REPUBLICANS NUM1NATK
ERNEST M. MORGAN FOR
CONGRESS FROM THIS DISTRICT
ERNEST M. MORGAN
A mu well-known in Charlotte fraternal and Labor activities, a
lone time Charlotte resident and a true-blue unionist, honored by
the Tenth District Convention held at Lincoln ton Tuesday.
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WHITS WHO
IN UNIONS
D. W. TRACY •* {
D.W. TRACT
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as a Local Union Burin—e Manager
ad later as Via President of tbs
South District of tbs LB. L Wm
at in 1988 to raids As
Munieg oi ui6 ijrovncrzxooa.
Mr. Tracy ha bsu suecessfnl Is
idingL B. E. W. nrgsTiiisthiB
in the most difficult anti-labor spots
Under his f«M>
j have been «ts>
with Drastically afl •€
tbs powerful utility interests in
tbs nation. Under bis direction
giat electrical projects essayed
and completed by the United States
Government were manned by
skilled electrical workers.
Serving with distinction as Sixth
Vice President of the Building
Trades Department and also Third
Vice President of the Metal Trades
Department of the American Fad*
•* of Labor, Mr. Tracy’s vs*
riSfiw+t a^frS&alf ^ of tie#
only throughout the electrical in
dustry but throughout the Labor
world in general.
Under assignment of the United
States Government, Mr. Tracy was
tbs Hist America Labor Delegate
to tha International Labor Coo
ferenee at Geneva, Switesriand.
Ha also served a American Labor
Delegate to the America Confer
ence at Lima, Peru, in 1988. *_
His address is Mr. Daniel W.
Tracy,. President, International
Brotherhood .of Electrical Workers
of America, 1200 Fifteenth Street,
M. W, Washington, D. a
ELECTRICAL WORKERS’
LABEL
Adopted in 1905, the Union Label
of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers is registered
in the United States Patent Office
and has become a mark of dis
tinction for electrical goods manu
factured under fair wage and hour
conditions.
It should be thoroughly under
stood that the use of this Union
Label is permitted only on the
condition that all goods so marked
shall be produced exclusively by
members of the I. B. E. W.'
Due to the great variety of elec
trical products and services, it has
been necessary to devise more than
' one form of the L B. E. W. Union
Label. In all cases, however, the
registered seal is an integral part
of the various forms of this
emblem.
It is now possible to secure
Union-made electrical products,
bearing the I. B. E. W. mark of
distinction, from the miniature
curling iron to mammoth motor
generator sets.
For further information regard
ing Union Labels, Shop Cards and
Service Buttons write Mr. I. M.
Ornburn, Secretary-Treasurer,
Union Label Trades Department,
American Federation of Labor
Buildings Washington, D. C.
SfKOTs
P. 0. Auxiliary
Meets Thursday
March 19,7 P.M.
auxiliary to Post Office Clerks
376, will have their next nest*
uesday, March 19, at 1 odoek
Post Office Club House on the
ba river. Mrs. Hoyle , Hill,
Howell Kennedy and Mrs. Hoy
will be joint hostesses and the
husbands are invited as guests. J
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