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■. A Stalls, E '.tor and Pnblisher W. M. Wittar, Assaciata Editor
Bn tar t-o as second-class mail matter September 11, 1931, at the Post
Office at Charlotte, N. C„ under the Act of Congress of March 3, 1873
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Published Weekly at Charlotte, N. C.
Were it not for the labor press the labor movement
would not be what it is today, and any man who tries
to injure a labor paper is a traitor to the cause.
—AFL President Gompers.
The editor attended a meeting in Miami last Sunday of
a number of editors of the Southern Labor Press, the
purpose of which was to devise ways and means of re
establishing and rejuvenating a Dixie Labor newspaper
organization that has lain more or less dormant, so to
speak, for some years. This, mainly caused by the war
years when newspapermen along with other citizens had
so many problems to solve.
Although the meeting city was far away from many sec
tions of the Southland wrhere Labor publications are
printed, a goodly number of representatives were present
to participate in discussions leading up to reformation of
a healthy Southeastern labor Press Association, which in
turn will become associated with the International Labor
Press Association. Temporary officers were elected and
plans made for holding the second of a series of meetings
in Atlanta. Georgia. March 26 and 27 at which time every
Southern Labor editor east of the Mississippi river will
have been sent a cordial invitation to attend. There it
is planned to establish a permanent orzanization which
will begin functioning anew in behalf of labor publications
in Dixie.
Although the trip was a hurried one the writer thor
oughly enjoyed .every . moment of it. The journey down
was made by Eastern Air Lines. We left here at 1:50
Sunday morning and arrived in Miami at 8:43, going via
Atlanta, Tallahassee, Fla., Tampa, and thence to Miami.
Daylight overtook us a short time before we arrived in
Tampa. The night flight had been smooth and uneventful,
and dark, of course. We slept some during this time.
When Old Sol peeped through the clouds after leaving
Tampa the scenery was amazing and gorgeous. The ship
had by this time climbed through several cloud layers in
order to find the most favorable flying lanes and it looked
as though it were sailing along just above huge moun
tains of snow. Below the mists were as white as snow,
while protruding from them and also hanging above them
were other colors of clouds which were beautiful beyond
this Labor scribe’s ability to describe them. The writer
has been sightseeing in caves, both at home and abroad,
and if you have ever been on one of those sightseeing
trips that describes to some degree what we are trying to
get you to see. We saw hills and valleys up there, we
saiv mountains and lakes, rivers and oceans, white clouds,
black clouds, blue clouds and grey clouds both sunshine
and rain, and perhaps the most beautiful of all was a
multi-colored cloud which put in its appearance just
off the port bow as we approached Fort Myers. This
glorious sight, some say, was caused by the extremely
large sun’s rays shining through perhaps millions and mii
lons of thin cloud banks Many red rivers and lakes were
created in the same manner. We wondered if the angels
could be dweller^ in this beautiful place. We wish we
were a student of the ppper elements so we could under
stand more about what we saw and describe them more
vividly to The Journal's readers, but in concluding a de
scription of our flight we apologize for not being able to
do so. Our lifetime has been spent on the ground with
the exception of an occasional diversion by air. As the
Captain of the ship gave us his flight report about this
time, telling us we would arrive in Miami very soon our
thoughts descended to Miami, the hotel El Comodoro, and
the meeting to which Southern Organization Director J.
L. Rhodes had summoned us. Arriving at the airport
after a low flight over the Everglades country we caught
a taxi, arriving at the hotel only a few minutes before the
meeting was scheduled to open at 10:00 A. M. A short
six and one-half hours’ ride from Charlotte. The hotel
lobby was buzzing with AFL men, representatives of
many different unions, who had gathered there to equip
themselves and their newspapers with ways and means of
better serving the working people of our great Southland.
The meeting was an enjoyable and profitable occasion and
much good will spring from it.
The C arpenters of the Southeastern States are pioneering
in an idea which no doubt will meet with a heartv re
sponse from not only members of the Carpenter Unions
but from all organized labor in the South. They are to
be congratulated for inaugurating an educational program
for their members. The initial meeting was held in Chat
tanooga last fall at which time preliminary committees
were appointed and other plans formulated for the holding
of a conference in that city on December 4-5. This meet
ing was held under the auspices of the Tri-State Carpen
ters and Joiners District Council of Chattanooga and vi
cinity with General Representative J. C. Barrett in attend
ance. M. A. Hutcheson, general vice president of the
Brotherhood, together with the general representatives of
the area, and Roland Adams, executive board member from
the Fourth district, were also in attendance.
Delegates from local unions and district councils of car
penters in the States of Alabama. Arkansas. Florida,
Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana. North Carolina. South Caro
lina, and Tennessee participated in this important
meeting, which announced its purpose is to further promote
the interest of all branches of the trade, to cultivate friend
ship among the members of the Brotherhood of Carpen
ters and Joiners in the area, to promote an educational
program, and to encourage the use of the Union Label.
All of these are laudable aims. Many other unions
should take note and follow the lead of our brothers who
wield the hammer and the saw.
Sec. Tobin Urges
Minimum Pay Hike
Washington.—Secretary of La
bor Maurice J. Tobin urged Con
gress to up the minimum wage
from 40 to 75 cents an hour and
to extend the coverage of the
Pair Labor Standards Act to in
clude approximately 5,000,000 ad
ditional workers.
In his first appearance as s wit
ness before a congressional com
mittee since he took his cabinet
post, Mr. Tobin called upon the
House Education and Labor Com
mittee for the following major
changes in the nation’s wage 'and
hour statute:
(1) An extension of the wage
and hour and child labor provi
sions of the existing act to cover
not only those whose work was
in interstate commerce, but those
whose work ‘‘affected” interstate
The administration’s intention
here, the secretary said plainly,
1 was to extend the wage floor “to
j the farthest reaches” that Con
' gi+s« and the Constitution would
allow. Neither Mr. Tobin nor his
i fellow witness. William R. Mc
Comb, the present Wage-Hour
Administrator, estimated just how
many workers would be added to
those now under the law’s guar
antees, but some of the details
of their testimony, taken togeth
er indicated that the aggregate
would hardly be less than 5,000,
000 and might be considerably
higher than that.
(2) Raise the permissible wage
floor to 75 cents but encourage
procedures through which indus
try committees, made up of rep
resentatives of employers, labor
and the public, would set higher
rates wherever possible, up to $1
an hour.
{ (3) Give the administration
the authority to issue a clear and
final definition as to how the “reg
alar rate” of pay was to be com
puted, thus ending long argu
ments, especially among the long
shoremen and shipping men, as to
what would hereafter be allow
able overtime and what would be
“overtime on overtime.”
(4) Give to the Secretary of
Labor the power now exercised
by the independent Wage-Hour
Administration, in a general cen
tralizing of responsibility under
Mr. Tobin.
(5) Knock out many existing
exemptions from the minimum
wage standards, as for example
those in the food-processing in
dustries and in large retail stores.
(6) Tighten the existing act’s
protections against child labor by
making these more effective even
in the case of children working
on farms. The basic exclusion of
farm labor, children or otherwise,
from the wage standards of the
act would be retained.
Mr. Tobin told the committee
that the great majority of work
ers under the Wage-Hour Act
already received more than 75
cents an hour. There were still
about 1,500,000 of those under
the act who earned less than that,
he said, and had, at the moment,
no legal protection beyond the
present floor of 40 cents.
When Representative Wingate
LuAs of Texas suggested that
. the Secretary of Labor was after
all “a representative of labor,”
Mr. Tobin said: -
“I represent the 140,000,000
people of the ynited States—all
of them. Whatever I propose
will always be in the interest of
the whole economy of this coun
The new wage-hour bill, he as
serted, was “just another insur
ance policy ' for this country
against any depression.”
Something Doin' In South
San Angelo, Texas—
I Employes of the Lone Star Gas
Company in Ran Angelo voted on
January 18. for the American
Federation of Labor to represent
them in collective bargaining, the
vote being 22 to 17.
Organiser Lester Graham was
proceeding to establish a local
union of these workers.
* • •
Wichita Falls, Texas—
An organizing campaign among
the employes of the White Auto
Stores has been arranged and
Organizer Lester Graham of the
American Federation of Labor re
ports that more than 40 of these
people have signed for the Union.
• • •
Crystal City, Texas—
Americain Federation of Labor
Organizer A. F. Cadena reports
I to the Southern office of the
American Federation of Labor
that the Teamsters & Chauffeurs
won a great victory among the
employes of the California Pack
ing Company at Crystal City
when the Teamsters won the col
lective bat-gaining for the jyo
duction workers by a vote of 658
to 14.
This company employes more
J than 600 workers on a seasonal
basis. Petition for an election
was filed over a yat ago but
due to the fact of seasonal in
dustry election was not held un
! til this time. Winning of this
; election by the T'.amsters is con
sidered a great victory for that
organization in the Texas citrus
Fordyce, Ark.—
The Southern office of the Amer
ican Federation of Labor in At
lanta has received reports that
; during the week ending January
22, the United Brotherhood of
i Carpenters and Joiners were suc
cessful in establishing three new
unions in the saw mills in Ar
kansas. Organizer Phil Wells re
ports that a new local was estab
lished at Sparkman, one at Cal
; ion and one at Burden. With
prospects of establishing many
more in the near future. The
campaign on behalf of the Unit
ed Brotherhood of Carr enters and
Joiners of America is in charge
, of Charles F. Mendenhall, with
headquarters in Little Rock.
* * *
Lake Charles, La.—
President Lige Williams of the
Louisiana Federation of Labor,
installed Federal Labor Union of
Auto Mechanics at Lake Charles,
January 20.
* * •
Pascagoula. Miss.—
Longshoremen’s International
Union has granted a charter to
a group of Longshoremen at Pas
cagoula, Miss., according to re
ports to the Southern office from
Organizer W. L. Hines..
• • •
Auburndale. Fla.—
Agreements were reached with
the Flori-Gold Company for their
plants at Lake Alfred. Eagle Lake
and Dundee, Florida. Separate
agreements cover citrus workers
in each of these plants.
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Make Hans For Educational Campaign
PROGRAM COMMITTEE—Reading fro* left to right, first row: W. A. Blake, S. R. Timmons,
T. D, Harper (Atlanta), W. M. Crim (Atlanta), W. E. Lee, B. E Josey (Huntsville). Second row: W.
O. Bennett 'Huntsville). J. C. Barrett (general representative), W. W. Orr, E. H. Davis, J. B. Hender
son, T. S. Rone, T. W. Martin (Memphis.) Back row: J. A. Duncan, W. O. Bankston. H. M. Craw
ford (Atlanta), B. T. Durham (Birmingham), Labe Jenkins (Knoxville). S. R. Thomas (Knoxville), H.
L Ortwein (Rome). J. C. Kerr (Knoxville), Morton E. Crist (Sheffield), and F. H. May.
—Labor World Photo
(Continued from Page 1)
needs, but shortages of ma
terials ,etc., prevented it
from doing so. The action
of the local Carpenters’ Un
ion has filled a gap which has
been open ever since the old
Labor Temple on North Mc
Dowell street was sold for
church property more than
three years ago. The labor
movement had outgrown that
property at the time it was
sold. It is hoped the Cai
penters’ Hall on West Trade
street will be sufficiently;
Uncle Sam Says
Ten year* ran muke a big differ*
enre. That youngster, now in pig* i
tail*, will be grown up anal ready fur :
| college in 10 year*. Or you may be
ready lo tackle that pet project of
your*, a new home, retirement, or
darting a *mall buxine**. Ye*, 10
year* ran make a difference in many
things. Maine*, for instance. If you
go about it right you ran make to
day’s money grow, right along with
those plans for the future.
Figure, today, how nturh you'll
need in 10 year*. Then pul aside the
amount in U. S. Saving* Bond* each
week, enough to equal the total you
have in mind, always remembering
that for every three dollars you in
vest today, you will receive four dol
lara in 10 year*. If you are on a ■
payroll, join the Payroll Savings Plan
where you work. If you are self
employ <hI, enroll for the Bond-a*
Month Plan at your own bank.
US. rrsasar* £>•partisan!
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Charlotte, N. C.
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mands for a long time.
The Charlotte Labor Jour
nal will reproduce a picture
of the new Labor Temple
as soon as remodeling work
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