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CITES DANGERS IN BILLS JO WEAKEN LABOR
Blunt questioning of the wisdoirt of legislative proposals
“which are confessedly designed to weaken labor s position
at the bargaining table” was Raised by U. S. Secretary
Schwellenbach in an address before the National Textile
“One set of proposals," Mr. Schwellenbach told the meet
ing, “seeks to prevent industry-wide bargaining and pro
vide other restrictions which will limit the scope of a given
union agreement within an industry. The textile'indust^*
and more particularly the men’s and woman’s clothing in
ustry, has had considerable experience in this field. You
know how flexible such contracts are and what a wide
range of problems and conditions they are capable of meet
ing. Do you not share my belief that these bargaining
systems have brought more stable industrial relation?
The purpose of restrictions on the scope of bargaining,
he said, is to “prevent complete or widespread shutdowns
caused by a labor management dispute” and “to protect
employers within an industry from the economic pressure
which unions might otherwise be able to exert.”
Mr. Schwellenbach said, regarding shutdowns, he found
no’reason to believe that a ban on industry-wide bargain
ing would prevent them. He observed that there was no
industry-wide contract in the steel industry when pro
duction was sharply reduced early in 1946. “There is the
further fact," he added, “that this sort of curb would
offer no solution to the problems raised by stoppages af
fecting local public utilities or transportation systems.”
Citing a recent Bureau of Labor "Statistics study show
ing the important industries which, now bargain on a na
tional or industry-wide scale, those bargaining by geograph
ical or regional areas and those bargaining within a city,
county or metropolitan area, Mr. Schwellenbach said it
“shows quite clearly that proposals which would narrow
the scope of bargaining, either witljin an industry or a
geographical area, would also dislocate established pro
cedures in such industries as glass and hardware, dyeing
and finishing textile, hometal mining and paper and pulps.
The list could be extended, but it is already long enough
to indicate the disruptive character of these listing pro
Concerning propasls to cut down the pconomic power of
unions at the bargaining table, Mr. Schwellenbach said he
did “not see how this could promote a better economic
balance or improve the industrial climate. On the con
trary,” he emphasized, “I fear the opposite result.”
Another group of proposals, aimed at the closed shop
and kindred forms of security, would, he said, affect the
status of about 11,000,000 union workers.
“Coming at the very moment when other restrictive
measures are directed against labor,” he asserted, “it is
plain that such curbs would open a vertiable Pandora’s
Box of labor troubles.”
TO ALL UNION MEMBERS:
» (Continued From, 1)
port. Presidential veto and sustaining such veto.
2. Resolutions, petitions, telegrams, letters by any of
ficer will not be sufficient, only letters in each member's
own words will have full effect.
WILLIAM GREEN, President, .
GEORGE MEANY, Secretary-Treasurer.
American Federation of Labor.
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AFL 1947 Convention Calendar!
(Following is a list of conven
tions Scheduled for this year by
National and International Un
ions and State Federations of La
bor under the’ banner of the
American Federation of Labor.
This list is not> complete. Addi
tion will be announced later.)
May 19—Missouri State Feder
ation of Labor—Springfield.
May 19 — Int. Plate, Printers
and Die Stampers — New York
May 21—Georgia State Federa
tion of Labor—Savannah.
May 26—Arkansas State Feder
ation of Labor—Little Rock.
May 26—Arkansas State Fed
eration of Labor—Little Rock.
May 26—Md.-DC Federat'on of
June 9 — American Federation
June 9—Switchmen’s Union of
June 12—Maine State Federa
tion of Labor—Lewiston.
June 14—South Dakota State
Federation of Labor—Sioux Falls.
June 16—Colorado State Feder
ation of Labor—Grand Junction.
June 16—Boot and Shoe Work
June 16—Int. Ladies’ Garment
June 23—Michigan State Fed
eration of Labor—Marquette.
June 26—South Carolina State
Federation of Labor—Greenville.
June 30—Texas State Federa
tion of Labor—Dallas.
July 2—National Brotherhood
July 8—International Associa
tion of Longshoremen—New York
July 14—Washington State Fed
eration of Labor—Seattle.
July 4—Int. Assn, of Protective
Retail Clerks—San Francisco.
July 14—Bro. Locomotive Fire
men and Enginemen—San Fran
July 21 — International Union
July 21—Int. Stereotypers and
July 28— Railroad Yardmasters
of America—Portland, Oregon.
•Aug—Nevada State Federation
Aug. 4—California State Feder
ation of Labor—San Diego.
Aug. 5—Iowa State Federation
Aug. 11—North Carolina State
Federation of Labor—Wilmington.
Aug. 11 — United Garment
Workers of America — Oshkosh,
Aug. 11—Int. Bro. Teamsters,
Aug. 18 — International Typo
graphical Union—Cleveland, Ohio.
Aug. 18 — Interntional Photo
Engravers Union—Chicago, 111.
Aug. 18—Wisconsin, State Fed
eration of Labor—Green Bay.
Aug. 18—Utah State Federa
tion of Labor—Provo. •
Sept. 8—Ama). Ass’n Street anil
Electric Ry.—Los Angeles.
Sept. 8- International Chemical
Workers Washington, D. C.
Sept. 8—Nebraska State Fed
e ation of Labor—Hastings.
Sept. 8- Kentucky State Feder
ation of Labor—Bowi ng Green.
Sept. 9 Connecticut State Fed
eration of Labor—Undecided.
Sept. 9—United Ass’n Plum
bers and Steamfitters—Undecided.
Sept. 11—Oklahoma State Fed
eration of Labor—McAlester.
Sept. 11—Arisona State Fed
eration of Labor—Tucson.
’ Sept. 12 — Int. Un on Wood.
Wire and Metal Lathers — Los
Sept. 16—Ohio State Federation
Sept. 15—Int. Bro. Pulp, Sul
phite and Paper Mill Wks.—Mil
x Sept. 16—Minnesota State Fed
eraton of Labor—Hibbing.
Sept. 18—Brotherhood Railroad
Trainmen--Miami Beach, Fla.
Sept. 20—New Hampshire State
Federation of Labor—Concord.
Sept. 20 -American Wire Weav
ers Protective Assn’—New York
Sept—Mississippi State Federa
tion of Labor—Jackson.
Sept. 22—Illinois State Feder
ation of Labor—Peoria.
Sept. 25—West Virginia State
Federation of Labor—Charleston.
Sept. 29 — Metal Trades De
Oct. 1—Building and Construe
May 1 — Pennsylvania State
Federation of Labor — Harris
burg. '' -
May 2—Kansas State Federa
tion of Labor—Wichita.
May 6—Wall Paper Craftsmen
and Workers—New York.
May 5—International Coopers’
May 5—Tennessee State Fed
e ration of Labor—Johnson City.
May 11—Virginia State Federa
tion of Labor—Richmond.
May 12—Brotherhood of Rail
tion Trades Dept.—San Franc’sco.
Oct. 2—New Mexico State Fed
eration of Labor—Carlsbad.
Oct. 3 — Union Label Trades
•Oct.—Railway Mail Associa
Oct. 6—International Asbestoa
Oct. 20—Commercial Telegraph
ers Union—Los Angeles.
Nov. 17—International Auto
Dec. 6—International Bill Pott
•Date not definitely set.
LUMBER PRICES SOAR
FAR ABOVE PAY RISES
Portland. Ore.—Wage increases
totaling 38 cents an hour sine#
November, 1948, haVe increased j
the production cost of |iine only
$5.25 per thousand board feet and I
fir $4.66, but quoted lumber price
increases for the same period
! amount to $20.80 and $27.12 per
thousand for pine and fir, accord
| ing to a survey by the Lumber
and Sawmill Workers (AFL).
The study, based on a 1940 fir ■
survey and a 1942 pine report, J
“indicates conclusively that to;
maintain industry profits equal i
i to the 1945 level, the® price of
i pine should have been increased
; only $10.50' per thousand and
Douglas fir $9.32 per thousand,'’
Executive Secretary Kenneth Da
i vis of the union’s northwestern
1 council declared.
Davis declared present profits
in Douglas fir of $29.20 per thou
sand proved the industry could
increase wages “more than what
seems to be the national pattern
—15c per hour—and still receive
a 200 per cent to 400 per cent
profit increase over November,
“And there is still plenty left
in that 200 per cent to 400 per
cent profit increase range to take
care, of paid holidays, better va
cations and health and welfare
funds,” he concluded.
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.BY EWAN CLAGUE
(Continued From Page 1)
proportion of older people will
become greater. There are now
10 million people over the age of
65; in 40 years there will be 20
! million people over 65. This fact
has important implications for
social planning. As older people
become a larger proportion of
, »ur population, more emphasis
I may be placed on provision of
| medical, educational and social
services to th s group.
PRINTERS HIT BII.L TO EASE
PRESS WIRE RESTRICTIONS
, Washington, D. C.—The Inter
national Typographical Un:on
j t A FL > has issued a statement
urging defeat of the Mason bill j
I to exempt the Associated Press .
and other press services from the
Sherman anti-trust act.
Signed by President Woodruff 1
Randolph, Vice-President Larry
Taylor, Vice-President Elmer'
Brown and Secretary-Treasurer
Don F. Hurd, the statement was
put in. the record by a House
The ITU quoted a convention
resolution assailing the Mason
bill and recalled that for many
years previous ITU conventions
I "have taken action decrying the
practical impossibility of estab
lishment of new newspapers in
cities where all the news serv
ices had already sold their prod
uct to one local newspaper al
ready in the field.”
“If the principle of the Mason
bill is sound, then the manu
facturers of presses, linotype ma
chines and other newspaper equip
! ment as well as newsprint could
j be authorised to act likewise and
forever freeze the channel* of
news and the bpportunity to pro
duce newspapers. Freedom of
the press would then be freedom
to suppress and the public would
be at the mercy of thoee already j
in the newspaper business.”
ELECT NEW OFFICERS
(Continued From Page 1)
amend an article of the union’s
international constitution to in
crease the salaries of I. T. U. of
ficers, the president and ' secre
tary-treasurer to 110,000 a year
and the first and second vicC pres
idents to 17,500 a year.
unless we act
will die of
GREEN AND MEANY WARN
ANTI-UNION BILLS CARRY
THREATS TO EVERY WORKER
(Continued From Page 1)
ern life. If this happens, it will
adversely afTec-t the farmer, the
business man, the professional
man, the small manufacturer and
everyone else who is dependent
on the wage earner's income for
a market for his goods or serv
“This legislation would change
our economy from a free economy
to an economy of control by
courts and Government agencies.
It would mark, a definite turning
point in our history.
“Said Senator Taft, speaking
of his anti-labor bill. ‘This bill
covers about three-quarters of the
matters pressed on us very stren
uously by employers.’
“So, there it is—the purpose
of this Taft-Hartley anti-labor
program. Weaken * the unions—
break down the unions. Yes—and
let there be no mistake—the real
purpose is to destroy the unions.”
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yon to scrawl yonr name on this
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work. Yon will note it reads: “Sign
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buy your extra Savings Bond.
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