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Hie Charlotte Labor Journal
AND DIXIE FARM NEWS
M2 gautk Cellar* Street—(Second Floor)
W. M. WITTER-Editor aad PaMiobor
CLAUDS L. ALBKA_l_Asaodato Editor
CHARLOTTE, N. C., THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 1940
TO THE EDITOR
BT CHARLES STELZLE
(Member Internationa] Association of Machinists)
Somebody who knows the labor world and is familiar
with the development of the Church once said that the
average workingman reads his labor paper as the early
Christians read their New Testament. However this may
be, a practical advertising manager has said that as an
advertising medium a labor paper is fully ten times as
valuable as the ordinary daily newspaper, largely because
there is no waste circulation — every copy is eagerly read.
There are several very good reasons for the high
regard which workers themselves have for the labor
paper. It is their own publication. It deals in a straight
forward fashion with the general subjects in which they
are most vitally interested. It views the world and
national affairs, as well as local conditions, from the
standpoint of Labor. It tells about the leaders in the
labor movement. It keeps them posted about the trends
in their own trade. It shows what their fellow-workers
in other occupations are doing.
The labor paper indicates how its readers may become
better workmen through use of modern methods;
It is an exponent of American Democracy, leading its
readers to think broadly on current issues, quickening
their sense of tolerance and justice; although it deals pri
marily with the question of making a living — the most
Important problem which confronts the average worker
today. And withal, jt is fairer to the employer and his
, organization, then the bosses* trade paper usually is to
the workers and their trade union.
But what about the man who makes the labor paper
possible, and who is responsible for all that the paper con
tains— the man whose name appears at the masthead
—the editor? To him we owe a debt of gratitude. He
fights our battles sometimes risking all that he possesses
He expresses the will of the workers far better than they
can do it themselves, becoming “the voice of the people.’*
Often he fights the battle alone, carrying burdens which
no one knows about. He doesn’t tell about them in his
( editorial column. It’s his job to keep up the courage of
others, so he cannot ever lose his own.
Actually, he is a man of our own flesh and blood. He is
subject to disappointments and heart-aches, and he suf
fers because of the failures of others — just like you and
L And so I say: “Here’s to the editor!” Let’s tell him
when he does well. Let’s help him carry his burdens,
just as he helps lighten our own. And let’s keep from
taking him for granted, as we do most of the gifts of
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Labor Journal’s Anniversary Edition]
Thy Labor Journal will issue its Anniversary Edition
16th of May, the 11th of May malting the complet
of nine yean of service in the labor field in Charlotte,
will mark the beginning of its tenth year, and it b
of the fact that it has won the distinction of 1
onger than any other labor publication has ever
in this section. Its editor has striven for peace, h
pood will between Capital and Labor, and
carry cards from many of its well wishers.
THE GREAT NATIONAL PASTIME
(The following is reprinted from Shirley Porich’a sports colama in the
Washington Post) ^
A mill executive volunteered this information to us today:
“We men who run the mills value baseball highly. If we can get
our folks interested in ball games, they are less interested in com
munisrn \nd radicalism and strikes. The mills that have the
best ball teams have the least labor troubles. There is rarely un
rest where there is a good baseball team. Maintenance of a ball
tram is part of our legitimate expense. It’s a guarantee against
Abor agitators gaining a football among our workers. Without
baseball, we’d have our troubles.”
The mill teams, in fact, pay better wages to their ball players
than the organized leagues in the State. Two years ago the Char
lotte club of the Piedmont League bought an outfielder named
Dan Amaral from Winston-Salem. Three days later, Charlotte
wondered why he hadn’t reported. Later it developed that Amaral
had signed with the Kannapolis Mills, maker of Cannon towels.
En route to Charlotte he had been intercepted by the mill team
manager and given a salary of $300 a month, twice as much as
he would have received at Charlotte.
That s the way these mill teams work it. They are unhamp
ered by the salary limits of organized ball. In the Class B Pied
mont League, the average player receives $150 a month. The
mill towns in a Class D league are supposed to have a $1,200 a
month salary limit for all of their club, but they are apt to pay
a player $100 a month for playing their dub, but they are apt
a player $100 a month for playing ball and $200 a month
for taking a soft job as timekeeper at the mills.
THE LABOR PRESS
The labor press is a sentinel on guard for the cause of
mankind. Every possible effort should be given in order that
your publication may be strengthened for still greater work ,
which lies ahead.
Your labor press renders an incalculable service to those
who work. We cannot too strongly urge our fellow workers !
and friends to give loyal and tangible support. No greater ;
avenue of education is available to the trade union move- *
ment than your labor press. The community which supports
its Union paper reflects that co-operation through better,
more effective local unions, councils and central bodies.
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