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March 3, 1949, edition 1 /
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AFl CONVENTION CALENDAR
Following iti a list of conventions scheduled for this year V
NitJoul and International Unions sad State Federations of I^ahor
nnder the banner of the American Federation of Labor. This Bad is
not ftaal or complete. Additions will be announced later:
March 21—Office Employes International Union. St. Louis, Mo.
March 21—International Brotherhood of Paper Makers, Cincinnati.
*March -Seafarers International Union of North America, Bal
April 4—Coopers International Union of North America, St.
April 4—Florida State Federation of Labor, Lakeland, Fla.
April 4—Louisiana State Federation of Labor, Shreveport. La.
April 25—Hotel and Reataurant Employes, etc., Chicago, 111.
*May —Associated Actors and Artiste of America, New York.
May 2—International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, etc., Montreal.
May 2—United Wall Paper Craftsmen, etc., Niagara Falls, N. Y.
May 5—Tennessee State Federation of Labor, Chattanooga, Tenn.
May 9—Laundry Workers International Union, Chicago, 111.
May 10—Iowa State Federation of Labor, Mason City, Iowa.
May 12—Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor, Harrisburg, Pa.
May 18—Kansas State Federation of Labor, Topeka, Kans.
May 16—Arkansas State Federation of Labor, Little Rock, Ark.
May 16—Michigan State Federation of Labor, Jackson, Mich.
May 16—Missouri State Federation of Labor, Jefferson City, Mo.
May 16—Virginia State Federation of Labor, Richmond, Va.
May 18—Georgia State Federtaion of Labor, Columbus, Ga.
May 22—Maryland-D. C. State Federation of Labor, Ocean City,
May 23—International Ladies Handbag. Luggage, etc.—Atlantic
City, N. J.
May 28—International Association of Siderographers, Washington,
June 4—South Dakota State Federation of Labor, Rapid City,
S. D. ,
June 13—The Order of Railroad Telegrapfcrs, Tampa, Fla.
June 19—Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, Detroit,
•June —Boot and Shoe Workers Union, Undecided.
June 20—Oregon State Federation of Labor—Eugene, Oregon,
i June 20—Texas State Federation of Labor, Beaumont, Texas.
June 20—International Plate Printers, etc.. Ottawa, Can.
June 30—South Carolina State Federation of Labor, Spartanburg.
July 11—Washington State Federation of Labor, C. okane, Wash.
July 18—International Stereotypers and Electrotypers, etc, Los
•Aug. —Radio Directors Guild, Undecided.
Aug. Ifc— North Carolina State Federation of Labor, Charlotte,
Aug. l'S— International Typographical Union, Oakland, Calif.
Aug. IB—Utah State Federation of Labor. Logan, Utah.
Aug. 15—Wisconsin State Federation of Labor, Eau Claire, Wis.
Aug. 15— International Photo Engravers, etc.—jPolumbus, Ohio.
Aug. 22—American Federation of Teachers, Milwaukee, Wis.
Aug. 25—West Virginia State Federation of Labor, Parkersburg,
•Sept. —International Association of Marble, Slate, etc, Buffalo,
Sept 4—North Dakota State Federation of Labor, Fargo, N. D.
•Sept. —New Jersey State Federation of Labor, Atlantic City,
•Sept. —Mississippi State Federation of Labor, Gulfport .Miss.
Sept. 8—Arizona State Federation of Labor. Undecided.
Sept. 12—Nebraska State Federation of Labor, North Platte, Neb.
Sept. 12—International Chemical Workers, Montreal, Can.
Sept. 12—International Union of Wood, Wire, etc., Los Angeles,
Sept. 12—International Union of Metal Polishers, etc., Rochester,
Sept. 12—Amalgamated Association of Street and Elec., etc, Pitts
Sept. 16—Nevada State Federation of Labor. Las Vegas, Nev.
Sept. 19—Minneasota State Federation of Labor, Undecided.
Sept. 19—The Commercial Telegraphers, etc, Montreal, Can.
Sept. 26—Illinois State Federation of Labor, Springfield, 111.
Sept. 26—Metal Trades Department, St- Paul, Minn.
Sept. 30—Union Label Trades Department, St. Paul, Minn.
Oct. 7—New Mexico State Federation of Labor, Albuquerque,
Oct. 24—Kentucky State Federation of Labor, Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 17—Railway Mail Association. Omaha, Neb.
Dec. 1—International Union of Journeymen Horae, etc, Arcadia,
• Date not definitely set.
PONT 1ST PEATH TAKE YOVK HOUm!
DRINKING DRIVIRS figure in one out of every
6 fatal traffic accidents. If you don't want that
holly wreath to become a funeral wreath, don't
mix liquor with gasoline. Have a merrier
Christmas and live to see the new year.
B« Careful—fh* lift you save may ba your own!
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Heavy, durable cotton work shirts. 2
flap pockets, fully cut. Sizes 14
to 17 Vi.
Men’s work clothes dept, on rear balcony of
Belk's Men’s Store.
The American Federation of Labor will concentrate its
efforts in the current session of Congress on obtaining re
peal of the obnoxious Taft-Hartley Act, but this should not
obscure the fact that there are many other major planks
in the Federation’s legislative program which vitally affect
the interests of American workers and for which we will
Therefore the Executive Council finds it advisable to
make public at this time a summary of the outstanding
measures included in the AFL’s legislative objectives:
1. TAFT-HARTLEY ACT — We favor outright repeal
of the Taft-Hartley Act with simultaneous reenactment of
the National Labor Relations Act. We also urge Congress
to repeal the Hobbs Act and the Lea Act.
2. HOUSING—We seek enactment of a comprehensive
housing program. This includes rent control.
3. FOREIGN POLICY—We endorse the President’s firm
policy toward Russia as the only practical way to attain
eventual world peace. We want Congress to appropriate
sufficient funds to permit the ECA to carry on its work
to a successful conclusion.
4. INFLATION CONTROL—We prefer voluntary meth
ods to resumption of price controls, which should be em
ployed only as a last resort. If taxes should be increased,
the burden should be placed upon those best able to pay.
Taxes in low-income groups, -who were given the least mea
sure of relief in the last tax law, should not be raised.
5. SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM—The Executive Coun
cil favors broad improvements in the social security sys
tem, a national health program, disability insurance, a na
tionalized unemployment compensation system, increase of
the minimum wage to $1 an hour with broader coverage of
the Fair Labor Standards Act. an effective billion-dollar
program of Federal aid to education and continuation of
the school lunch program. Also we call upon Congress to
adopt the President's Civil Rights program.
6. NATIONAL DEFENSE — The Executive Council
pledges full support of a truly adequate national defense
program for all branches of the armed services. We feel
also that Congress should give attetnion to the need for
an expanded merchant ship construction program and the
safeguarding of a strong American merchant marine by
subsidies. This ship construction program should be fairly
distributed in the varous areas of the country.
7. NATURAL RESOURCES—As part of our natonal de
fense program and as an essential step toward an expand
ing American economy, a constructive program for the de
velopment and protection of opr natural resources should
be adopted by Congress. This includes power develop
ment, soil conservation and reclamation, irrigation and
flood control. We favor creation of river valley authorities,
smilar to the outstandingly successful TV A, to do this job.
We aiso-*call upon Congress to encourage development of
research for the harnessing of atomic energy to industrial
8. GOVERNMENT EMPLOYE LEGISLATION — Thh
AFL will support legislation to raise the standards and
improve the conditions of government employes.
9. LABOR DEPARTMENT—We favor transfer to this
department of the functions and agencies which properly
belong to it, to the end that the Department of Labor may
once more become an effective instrument for the protec
tion of the wage earners of the Nation.
10. There are any number of additional measures and
proposals in which the Federation takes an active interest
for or against. For instance, we will urge liberalization of
the Displaced Persons Act, support the establishment of a
National Science Foundation, etc. Therefore, the omission
of any particular measure from this summary of major
legislative objectives, should not and does not imply any
lack of interest on our part.
JOBLESS PAYMENTS DOUBLE
1917 IN NEW YORK STATE
New York City.—In January of
this year State unemployment in
surance payments to jobless work
ers were nearly twice as high as
they were in January of last year,
according to a report from the
statistics made public by the di
vision of placement and unemploy- j
ment insurance of the State De-<
partment of Labor.
The report showed that insur
ance benefits in January of this
year totaled $25,543,685. com
pared with $13,616,913 in the
same month of 1948. The reserve
in the unemployment insurance
trust fund stood at $1,033,568,421
last month, as against $1,056,
740,651 a year earlier.
Officials said the increased vol
ume of unemployment represents
no threat to the stability of the
fund, but that it might result in
a sharp drop in merit-rating re
funds to employers. These re
funds will total $127,000,000 on
the basis of the 1948 unemploy
Veterans’ readjustment allow
ances under the G-I bill of rights
dropped last month, as against
the 1948 figure. Last month $4,
159,734 in veterans’ allowances
was distributed, compared with
$5,484,915 in January of last
The Golden Rule of Trade Un
ionism is to buy Union Lobe)
goods from others as you would
have them pay Union wages unto
CALLS FOR MINIMUM WAGE
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union powers of Europe. The
resolution congratulated the gov
ernments of Canada and U. S.,
for backing up words with deeds
in giving assurance to our Demo
cratic Allies that aggression by
the Soviet imperialists against
any one of them would be an in
vitation to the common military
action of all Democratic coun
tries in the North Atlantic. The
resolution denounced the Soviet
government as the source of war
threats and the major threat to
peace in the world today.
Among other actions made pub
lic by the UTW Council was a
resolution demanding the amend
ment of the wage and hour law
to boost the minimum wage to
$1.00 per hour, in conformity with
the realities of the present price
and cost of living spirals.
The UTWA-AFL executive
board sessions were concluded
after the south-wide conference
which brought over 200 represen
tatives into Atlanta from 12
Southern States representing over
40,000 Southern UTWA-AFL
HUGH SEDGWICK NAMED
Hamilton, Ont.—Hugh J. Sedg
wick of the Hamilton Trades and
Labor Council was re-elected
secretary of the Ontario Provin
cial Federation of the Canadian
Trades and Labor Congress. He
was the fraternal delegate from
Canada at the last American Fed
eration of Labor convention.
Keep Rent Control,
AFL Tells Congress
Washington. — Rent control
must be extended, the House
Committee on Banking and Cur*
rency was told by Peter Henle.
acting secretary of the AFI.’s
“We are convinced,” he de
clared "that an effective and
workable rent control program
must be continued until the acute
shortage of housing anil particu
larly of rental housing, 4tas been
Mr. Henle, who is also the
AFL’s assistant economist, lashed
out at the weakening of rent con
trol during the past IS months. |
This has been responsible "in
large measure" for the sharp in- ^
crease in rents which has taken
place, he said.
Mr. Henle presented the recom
mendations of the American Fed
eration of Labor for pending rent
eoritrol legislation. The A FI, ad
vocates an extension of rent con.
trol “for a two-year period or un
til such time as the Preisdent or
Congress shall determine that it
is no longer necessary." The
federation also proposes that the
rent control administrator should
be given power to sue for treble
damages and to seek criminal
prosecution of “repeated and will
Other AFL recommendations
1. Regulation of evictions hy
2. Change in the status of lo
cal advisory boards and establish
ment of a National Advisory
3. Discontinuance of the ‘'volun
tary" 16 per cent rent increase
4. Recontrol or extension of
controls to those geographic areas
and classes of rental accommo
dations whose exemption has
seriously weakened adequate rent
5. Inclusion of the District of
Columbia under the federal law.
Mr. Hen!«j said the AFL is “par
ticularly concerned" that rent
controls shtuld not be utilized as
an excuse for holding down the
wages of building service em
ployes’ “a group who are among
the lowest paid in our economy.'*’
BUCKET OF WATER AND
SCUTTLE OF COAL DAILY
Atlanta, Ga. — J. L. Rhodes.
Southern Director oi Organiza
tion, American Federation of La
bor, announces receipt of excerpts
from an early edition of a West
ern labor Agreement. dated
January 1, 1870. 'Those working
rules are unique, due to tne tan.
that they go much further into
I the personal affairs of the union
| members than the present day
working rules apply.
The P. W. Madson Furniture
Company, Salt Lake City, Utah,
posted the following instructions
to its employes:
“Store will open at 7:00 A. M.
and close at 8: P. M., except on
I Saturday when it closes at 9:00
P. M. This store will remain
closed each Sabbath.
I “Duties of Employes:
“Sweep floors, dust furniture,
j shelves and show cases, remem
ber ‘Cleanliness is next to God
liness.’ Trim wicks, fill lamps,
clean chimneys. Make your pens
carefully, (but you may whittle
the quills to suit your individual
taste). Open windows for fresh
air. Each clerk shall bring in
a bucket of water and a scuttle
of coal for the day’s business.
“Any employe who smokes
Spanish cigars, uses liquor in
any form, gets shaved at the bar- ,
l>»*r. or frequents pool halls or
public halls, will give his em
ployer every reason to suspect
his integrity, worthy intentions
an dall round honesty.
“Each employe is expected to i
pay his tithing to 4l»e church,'
that is, ten per cent of his an
nual income. No matter what
your income might be you shall
contribute no less than twenty
five dollars per year to the
Church. Each employe will at
tend Sunday Sacrament meeting,
and adequate time will be given
10 attend Fast meeting on Thura
day. Also you are expected to
attend your Sunday School.
“Men employes will be given
evenings off each week for court*
ing purposes or two evenings each
week if they go regularly to
Church and attend Church duties.
After any employe has spent
thirteen hours of labor in the
store, he should then spend his
leisure time in reading good
books, and contemplating the
Glories and Building up of the
Kingdom of God.”
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ovory month by motor vehicle*. When walking,
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