TU ONLY REALLY INDEPENDENT WEEKLY In Mccklenbnrg Comfy far * Waekly ito kaadem Rcpr—rt ft> LARGEST BUYING POWER It QarisW Official Organ Central Labor Union; standing for the A. F. of L. Wax Charlotte labor Journal Patronixe oar_ Users. They Make YOU* paper possible by co-operation. Truthful, Honest, Impartial Endorsed by the N. C. Stats Federa tion of Labor and dixie farm news Endeavoring to Serve the VOL. X—NO. 10 VOUM AOV in TIM I MINT IN TMC JOURNAL. •• A iNVISTMWt CHARLOTTE, N. C„ THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1940 JMSMAb AtVIRTiinll r*m l $2.00 Pm Yen THE A. F. OF L URGES OUR COUNTRY TO MODERNIZE AND STRENGTHEN AGAINST “FIFTH COLUMN” TACTICS When Democratic Governments are forced into war they are loyally supported by Organized Labor. This evident fact was very forcefully brought out in Great Britain and is now being evidenced in the United States through the 100 per cent support of Presi dent Roosevelt’s Defense Program by the American Federation of Labor, although we are not yet involved in a conflict. The Ex ecutive Council of the A. F. of L. has made the following pledge: “In 1917 the American Federation of Labor demonstrated its readiness and willingness to do everything within its power to assist the Government in the winning of the war. This pledge of support went farther than that of any other national Trade Union movement of the countries which were involved. “In the present emergency, caused by the necessity for a rapid development of the nation’s defense, the American Federa tion of Labor again pledges its active and co-operative support w.th industry and with every appropriate governmental agency hiving to do with the production and construction of material for national defense or any other national requirement to that end.” In regard to an alleged shortage of skilled mechanics and other workers for the Defense Program, the Executive Council added: “The problem is not a shortage of skilled mechanics but the fact that so many of these have been forcel by the depression to seek employment in lower wage occupations.” “The emotional effort to immediately suspend rules and regu lations now protecting Labor will not appeal to thoughtful Americans.” Phesident William Green explained at a press conference that it would be disastrous to lower wages and hour standards at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed. He urged that extra shifts be put to work, if necessary, to speed up production of defense equipment. Only if an actual emergency arises and if real labor shortages exist will it become necessary to lengthen hours, he declard. As further evidence of thorough co-operation by the Amer ican Federation of Labor, the Executive Council recommended the | following program for accelerating the more adequate defense of our country: ) “1. This country must quickly strengthen and modernize its defense, taking advantage of the lessons in new military tech niques which the present European war affords. “2. We must not let emotion unbalance our clear thinking nor contribute to the development of war psychology. Rash and hysterical statements should especially be avoided by those in a position to influence public opinion. “3. We must redouble our vigilance against treachery and the creation of Trojan Horse organizations by Soviet and Nazi adherents to This country'.” e THE MARCH OF LABOR 1t« *«»t COHIM.*1* . WAM SCAll , ib »t fftfstmtv m-m * *. WAt OHAMU* OP W-fat 0*6 AtflSD “ftWHMW <*#*W*XK in 18OO ntoMntPwrwL HAZARD of-Mi WORK AMO «« fRCHlBiriVE. IM StMANCrtRAftS CMAR6CDBY VRiVAIfc IMSURAHCB* ODMFAMifcs, SOME RAIlRcAD ONtOHS BBC A»l AS MVTWM. MMRANCEOMAlftlKtoftl Organized workers NOMINATED THEIR OWN , CANDIDATES IN 1879. Umou mMBEKs! \toKini smtem omtntetar'ivr <mrMtrsw**m nttmoHiMU! 1630 - 1924 0S6A9ITER AND GUlDlMG 6EM>us of 1WE America») ftl>*RATIO! OP LABOR . Hi WAS lTSfHttT'’FRtSlPENT(A»P HtU> Off ICE TROM 1666 To 1924 EACEPT ft*OOE YEAR . «iS CoWCEPT Of AriDSmttE TRADE OUtoHW LEFT A 'TfeRMAitoJT mark America*} Trade Oaj*w 'TMilos6PhY . Roosevelt Drafted for 3d X erm FRANKLIN DeLANO ROOSEVBLT, Chosen at the Chicago Democratic Convention, Thursday Morning, To Head Ticket lor the New Dealers Local Wage-Hour Force Is Reduced Moved From City Charlotte will lose practically all of its wage and hour division staff this week with the establishment of state offices for this region in Colom bia, S. C., and in Raleigh. Jack Lang, who recently opened the 1 Columbia office, will have in that office 10 inspectors, three pay roll examiners, nine clerical and steno graphic employes, and one attorney, all moved to South Carolina from the Charlotte office. Major A. L. Fletcher, director of the division, will set up in Raleigh his new headi|Uarters and thus the princi pal office for this state. A small force will remain in Charlotte under direc tion of K.cd J. Coxe, Jr., senior in spector. Major Fletcher will move the latter part of the week. New Locals Are In stalled On The Santee Cooper Job CHARLESTON, S. C., July 15.— Announcement has been made to the Charleston Building Trades Council that three new local unions have been chartered during the past three weeks. One is a Local Union of the Inter national Teamsters and Chauffeurs of America, and two Local Unions for the International Hod Carriers, Com mon and Construction Laborers. Char ters have been installed for each of | three Local Unions, officers named I and proper committees appointed for ' carrying on the work. While all crafts employed on the Santee-Cooper job | show large increases in membership i of the local unions, the Carpenters ! and joiners Local Union shows a tre ‘ mendous increase. James Coles, busi ness agent for the carpenters, is high ly elated over the growth of his or ganization. • iMwwwwwwvwawvwwvvwasw THE JOURNAL has by far the largest city circulation of P weekly published in Char e. Your ad in The Journal bring results front the hers. Huntersville Textile Workers Organize Local Union No. 2583 HUNTERSVILLE, Ala., July 15.— Charter for Local Union No. 2583, United Textile Workers of America, has been installed here, officers named and the Local is now func tioning for the benefit of the mem bership. This news is most hearten ing to . all labor throughout Alabama, as the CIO has long made desperate to keep the A. F. of L. out of the tex tile plants in this city, it being one of the few places in the United States where the CIO has any appreciable membership among textile workers. Prediction is freely made now that installation of this charter will soon lead to the formation of other locals in this vicinity. QUITE SO English Exam Qneation: "Ohm three collective nouns.” Student’s Answer: “Flypaper, waste-basket and vacuum deanar.” Red, White and Blue! By BEN FAUCET Red, White and Blue, that is our Flag, Let not our fervor for it lag; RED for the blood that we would shed To keep it waving overhead! WHITE for the sincere motives we Employ to make our people free! BLUE for the loyalty we share To help our Nation to prepare! Red, White and Blue, long may it wave To make “Fifth Columnists” behave; The Eagle screams above its folds A warning to the “over-bolds” Who might attempt to scourge our Land With treachery and underhand Approaches we now recognize As "Trojan Horses” in disguise! WHO'S WHO IN UNIONS W. J. DONOVAN WILLIAM J. DONOVAN William J. Donovan, General Preaident of the Laundry Workera’ International Union, started his Labor career in 1905 by organis inf tea meters in the city of Chi cago. In September of 1937, Mr. Donovan became Preaident of Local No. 46 of the Laundry Work ers’ International Union. It had very few members and was in debt over |8,000. There are more than 10,000 dues paying members in that Local. It was principally due to the successful organisation of this Local .Union that the Laundry Workers’ International Union was established. In September, 1939, Mr. Donovan was reelected by a referendum vote of 10 to 1. Through his long ex perience in organization work and his aggressive methods in Unionis ing laundries the Union has been placed on a sound membership and financial basis. > His address is: Mr. William J. Donovan, President, Laundry Workers’ International Union, Room 608, 10 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois. LAUNDRY WORKERS’ LABEL The Union Label of the Laundry Workers’ International Union is stamped on the price lists of all Union laundries. It was adopted in 1900. For further information regard ing Union Labels, Shop Cards and 8ervice Buttons write Mr. I. M. Ornbnrn, Secretary-Treasurer, Union Label Trades Department, American Federation — of Labor Building, Washington, D. C. And no* they are using cotton as a base for a new ice cream, and the cot ton growers are jubilant.—American Petroleum Institute, A. F. OF L RAILWAY LABOR UNIONS AND THE C. I. 0. PLEDGE SUPPORT TO NATIONAL DEFENSE PROGRAM WASHINGTON, July 14—Belief that the needs of national defense might bring an end to organized la bor’s five-vear-old civil war was ex preused at the White House yester day after sixteen officials of the CIO, the AFL and Railway Labor Unions had pledged co-operation in the de fense program. The promise of co-operation was given to President Roosevelt in a let t ‘i' signed by the labor officials who make up the labor policy advisory committee of the National Defense Commission. This committee was created recently for the announced purpose of preventing stoppages of woik in vital defense industries’ and preserving labor standards. Expressing “full and unstinted de votion to our country and to the pro gram of national defense,” the union leaders told the President: “We and our membership are united in our effort and determination to give effective and expeditious co-oper ation in the fulfillment of the de fense program, and to contribute to a free and secure democracy.” Stephen Early, Mr. Roosevelt's pi ess secretary, made public the let ter and commented that it represented ■. the nearest thing to a labor front since the AFL-CIO split devel oped. Saying the letter had made the Pieisdent quite happy, Early addec that it was a good one because it showed that national defense migh be the means of bringing labor to gether again. “At least,’ ’the Secretary declared "it holds out that hope.” Eaily pointed out that the labc policy advisory committee was not group which had been called togeth< by the President. It was organise recently through the efforts of Si* ney Hiilman, a CIO leader who is' member of the Natior * *-"*« Cor mission in charge a. ......ting work ers, and D. W. Tracy, chairman of the executive board of AFL’s Electrical Workers, who has just taken office as Second Assistant Secretary of Labor. Members of the committee have ex pressed belief that it may be able to help adjust many of labor's griev ances without strikes. Neither Wiliam Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, nor John L. Lewis, head of the Con gress of Industrial Organisations, is i number of the committee. TEAMSTERS AND CHAUFFEURS NOTES OF INTEREST WASHINGTON, D. C.—President Roosevelt appointed Daniel J. Tobin, aggressive President of the Inter national Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, to serve as one of his confidential administrative assist ants in the White Hous^ Mr. Tobin will act as liason officer between the President and all Amer ican Federation of Labor Unions en gaged in the national defense program. It will be part of Mr. Tobin’s job to see to it that everything runs smoothly and that such co-operation is’ kept on a high plane of- MSaeWve ness. CHATTANOOGA Teamsters & Chauffeurs, Over-the Road Committee, which has done so much in bringing about closer co-op eration between Truck Drivers’ Local Unions in this section, which was held in Chattanooga Saturday and Sunday, July 6, 7, with headquarters at Hotel Patten. “Several important resolu tions were passed at the Chattanooga meeting.” “The Committee also voted to give all possible aid to Striking Truck Drivers of the Rutherford Freight Lines operating in East Tennessee, Virginia and North Caro lina.” The August meeting of the South eastern Over-the-Road Area Commit tee will be held in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday and Sunday, August 10th and 11th, in headquarters at the Red mont Hotel. The September meeting of the Southeastern Over-the-Road Area Committee will be held in Wash ington. TAMPA An agreement has been signed be tween the Kingan Packing Company and Teamsters & Chauffeurs, Local No. 79, covering wages and working conditions. The agreement will run for an indefinite period subject to change or cancellation upon 30 days notice upon election to change any term of the agreement. The contract calls for regulation of hours of work and wages which gives an increase of about $1.50 per week for the employee. It sets up over time for holidays and Sundays and for work performed in excess of over 42 hours in any one week. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. A call for the convention of the International Brotherhood of Team sters, Chauffeurs, Stablemen and Helpers of America, by. Secretary Hughes. The convention which meets every four years will take place in Washington, D. C. beginning Septem ber 9 and will probably continue for 10 days. At this convention the con stitution will probably be redrafted to keep up with the times and with the modern way of living and working. Another topic for deliberation will probably be the sick benefit question. At the present time the union does Another Election To Be Held By Cop per Basin Workers COPPERHILL, Tenn., July 15.— For the third time in the past two years the workers employed by the Tennessee Copper company in the Copper Basin will go to the polls for the purpose of electing a bargaining agency. The election will be held on the 25th or 26th of July. The strug gle for supremacy between the Amer ican Federation of Labor membership and the CIO has been terrific during the past three years, and it is hoped next week's election will decide the matter, once and for all time. Paul J. Aymon, of Chattanooga, veteran A. F. of L. organizer, is in charge of the campaign in the Copper Basin for the American Federation of 'Labor. not have the benefit system and an increase of per capita tax would have to be voted in case the sick benefit plan were adopted. The Teamsters and Chauffeurs is the largest union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor with a membership of nearly one-half mil lion members. H. L. McCRORIE. The Millinery Industry hi Atlanta Now Unionized ATLANTA, Ga., July 15.—An agreement was signed last week be tween the M. Kutz company, millinery manufacturers, and the local union of the United Hatters, Cap and Mil linery Workers International Union, which brings all millinery business in this city into the: Union. It will be recalled that agreements were signed a few weeks ago between the Union and other millinery manufacturing plants. This is the first time that entire industry has been operating in Georgia under Union shop agreements. Calvine News Notes To Editor Labor Journal: Miss Francis Roy spent the week end with friends on the Monroe Road at Mrs. Holton’s. Miss Lois Plyler is sick at her home, 3050 N. Davidson street, North Char lotte, but is reported improving. Mr. C. W. White was viaitea last week by her sister, Mrs. Henry Faulk ner, and family, of Comet, Ala. James Milton, and Mr. and Mra. Harvie Davis spent the week-end at Carolina Beach. Mrs. Zettie Young has returned from a four-week’s stay with her sick brother, T. L. Arnette, on the Moil roe road. Hillard McDonald who has been ill for about a year at the home «f his sister, Mrs. Mae Henderson passed away Wednesday night of last week. The funeral was held Friday after noon. The deceased had many friends in this community, and sympathy is extended to the bereaved family. BERTHA HELMS. Calvine, July 16. FARMERS’ SUBSIDY REACHES HUGE SUM WASHINGTON.—The Agricultural Adjustment Administration announced that total payments already disbursed and estimated to be disbursed in the 1939 agricultural conservation pro gram, including national and admin istrative expenses, amounted to $620, 360,802 as of April 30, 1940. “STATEMENT* “The American Fed* eration has refused at all times to compromise or traffic with the enemies of democracy. There is no room in the American Federation of Labor for Communists or Nazis.** WILLIAM GREEN, President American Federa* tion of Labor. The United States has ever-swell ing armament expenditure that should keep America oat of any war.