THE CHARLOTTE LABOR JOURNAL
AND DIXIE FARM NEWS
, Published at Charlotte. North Carolina _
H. A Stall*, Editor~hnd Publisher W. M. Witter. Associate Editor
Entered as second-class mail 'matter September 11, 1931, at the
■Post Office at Charlotte, N. C., under the Act of Congress of
March 3, 1879. _ _
Oldest Bona Fide AFL Newspaper in North Carolina, consistently
serving the American Federation of Labor and its members since it
was founded. May 12, 1931. Approved by the American Federal on
of Labor in 1931. _______
Endorsed by Charlotte Typographical Union, Number 338, An Af
filiate of Charlotte Central Labor Union and the North Carolina Fed
eration of Labor.
News Services: American Federation of Labor, U. S. and North
Carolina Departments of Labor, and Southern Labor Press Associa
The Labor Journal will not be responsible for the opinions of cor
respondents, but any erroneous reflection upon the character, stand,
ing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may ap
pear in the columns of The Labor Journal will be corrected when
called to the attention of the pub'isher. Correspondence and Open
Forum opinions solicited, but The Journal reserves the right to reject
objectionable reading matter and advertising at all times. In order
to correct any misundei standing that may have existed ir. the past
or that may exist now relative to The Labor Journal's relationship
to the North Carolina Federationist the publisher wishes to state
that the Federationist is the official organ of the North < arolina
Federation of Labor and that The Journal ia not now and has never
been the Federation’s official organ. Anyone, whether on our
staff or otherwise, who claims The Journal is the official organ is
stating an untruth. However, The Labor Journal has solicited both
advertising and subscriptions state-wide in cities and hamlet* where
no Labor paper exists since it first began doing business in 1931 and
sees no just reason why it should not continue to do so. It is our .
aim to serve as many of our brother members as is humanly po1-- j
sible, and let no one fool you by telling you that The Journal is an ,
illegitimate publication, so far as Labor is concerned. Our past
tecord, for more than 18 years disproves th s “fifth column props- j
ganda.. Thia newspaper has during the years endeavored to promote
a better understanding between Capital and Lal*»r. Its efforts have!
borne much fruit. Our only regret is that we have not been able
to carry on in a bigger and better way. This, the publisher pledges j
you, he will strive to do henceforth. __ ___ j
MEMBER SOUTHERN LABOR PRESS ASSOCIATION j
"LET THE SUNLIGHT
SHINE IN DARK PLACES” ,
SOUTHERN LABOR PRESS ASSOCIATION
WEEKLY BIBLE THOUGHT
“ . . . whosoever shall save his life dkall lose It; hut
whosoever shall las* his life for my sake and the gos
pel's the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a
man. if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his
own soul? Or shall a man give in exchange for his
MINERS BACK TO WORK AFTER “HOLIDAY”
Despite the confirmation of Dr. James Boyd as Director]
of the U. S. Bureau of Mines John L. Lewis ordered his j
miners back to work promptly at the end of the two-weeks
"Memorial-protest.” It was estimated that the nearly 500,
000 workers were back in the pit,s on record time, and that
the flow of coal to the tipples would equal or exceed the
average. Lewij; did not fail to express himself in his
"unique” way about Boyd’s appointment and confirmation,]
and what ace he is holding up his sleeve will show up on
the board when contract time rolls around again.
As The Journal looks back on the early clays of the
miners—when the mine owners, under no-limit immigra
tion laws, brought over thousands of Huns, Poles and Slavs,
and put them in the mines to replace Americans at even
the then slave wages, and thinks of the days of the “Mol
lie Maguires,” dealing with the criminal strike-breakers
hired to shoot the miners down, without fear of the law,
and the days that John Mitchell and others struggled to
gain a foothold for the miners, to get any laws of mine
security and protection for the men underground—with
John Lewis taking up the battle where Mitchell left off,1
it all seems like a dream, or a "night-mare.”
The miners in the early days lived under unbearable
conditions, hardly human, and it did not take the Huns, the
Poles and the Slavs, imported by the Big Boys, long to
learn what a Union meant, and they went into it 100 per
cent, and, while probably uneducated and in a pauper state,
they saw they had nothing to lose, with their dead being
brought to the surface, or remaining entombed, by the
thousands, their families left paupers, and even those at
work never got out of debt with the company commissaries,
at which they had to deal for food and clothing, while
living in company hovels. It was simply semi-slavery, and
jt took strong men, with strong minds and a will to carry*
Pfi t<» break the chains, The men who performed the task
leave heed cussed, damned, accused of everything short of
murder and put in the criminal class, but even at that they
have performed a herculean task in the face of great odds
and deserve in a great degree words of commendation.
The Labor Journal is not eulogizing the lamented Mitchell
or applauding John Lewis, but The Journal is saying that
the miners have come a long way under leadership that
had to be hard, for they were dealing with a set of tough j
hombres in the mine owners themselves.
And in summing up—even under the improved and gov-;
eminent inspected conditions of today, how many of you
who condemn the miners for their demands for better
working conditions, pensions, and more pay, would want to
go into the bowels of the earth and bring forth the black
The best place to put hard-earned savings is in the bonds
offered by Uncle Sam. He doesn’t promise to make you
rich quick, but he’ll pay back every dollar, plus interest on
your meney. |
TRUMAN AND SCOTT HAVING A TIME OF IT
President Turman and his Congress, and Governor Scott
and his Legislature, seem to ^e having their hands fuli
trying to keep the “children” in line, or even anything re
sembling a line, as far as their policies are concerned.
They tied a gasoline tax tail to Scott’s two hundred mil
lion road bond bill, which they hope will sink it, and that
road bond bill was Scott’s pet baby. They are messing
Truman’s platform up shamefully, the “Dixiecrats” joining
hands with the Republicans for “safe and sound legisla
Any way you look at it this game of politics is becoming
more and more interesting, with the "little man” winding
up most anywhere.
Do you remember the days of old party lines? Those
days have gone forever! Of course, they go in under
strict party-line primaries, but when elected they vote as
they see fit, saying “it is for the best interests” of their
constituents. All of which is placing the Donkey and the
Elephant emblems in an almost meaningless position, as
far as “trade-marks” go.
DON' T LET THEM “LURE” YOUR DOLLARS
Have salesmen been ringing your doorbell, urging you
to buy stocks? Have you been receiving high-powered
“circular-letter**’’ offering you chances to get rich quick in
the stock market?
If they haven’t got around to you, they probably soon
will. Moreover, you'll be reading hig “ads” suggesting
that you take Wall Street’s advice and become an “in
The New York Stock Exchange is getting ready to spend
$500,000 on an advertising &nd “publicity” campaign to
induce thousands of plain Americans, who have a little
spare money, to put into stock as they did in the boorp
days before the 1929 bust.
A New York financial page headline says: “Security
dealers turn to mail, doorbells, to lure venture capital from
The average individuals with a little extra money can’t
afford to risk it on stocks. That was the lesson millions
of unfortunate people learned in 1929, and it is still true.
UNION AIDS QUALITY WORK
The Interftational Typographical Union has rendered val
uable service to printing trainees after every war. Edu
cational activities and strict supervision of apprentice
training have played important parts in maintainng high
standards and fine workmanship and have improved the
health conditions among workmen in the printing and pub
lishing industry. These benefits and standards have been
won over a long period of struggle, su^h as the ITU has
conducted since its inception.
The ITU has been conducting apprentice-training work
since 1907 and since 1925 has maintained a Bureau of Ed
ucation which is recognized the world over as the most
complete and advanced trade educational organization in
the printing and publishing industry. More than 30,000
members of the union have been enrolled in and have j
completed the ITU lessons in printing.
AFL CONVENTION CALENDAR
Follow mg is i lint of conventions mMiM for this year by
National and International I'niona and State Federation? of l-abor
under the banner of the American Federation or Labor. Thia list is
not inal or complete. Additions will be announced later:
April 4—Coopera 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 26—Hotel and Restaurant Employes, etc., Chicago. 111.
•May —Associated Actors and Artists 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 6— Tennessee State Federation of Labor, Chattanooga, Term.
May 9—Laundry Workers International Union, Chicago, 111.
May Id—Iowa State Federation of Labor, Maaon City, Iowa.
May 12—Pennsylvania State Federation of Labor. Harrisburg, Pa.
May IS—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— Missoori State Federation of Labor, Jefferson City, Mo.
May 16—Virginia State Federation of Labor, Richmond, Va.
May IS—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,
June IS—The Order of Railroad Telegraphers, Tampa, Fla.
June 19—Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, Detroit,
•June —Boot and Shoe Workers Union, Undecided.
June 29—Oregon State Federation of Labor—Eugene, Oregon.
June 29—Texas State Federation of Labor, Beaumont, Texas.
June 20—International Plate Printers, etc., Ottawa, Can.
June SO—South Carolina State Federation of Labor, Spartanburg.
July 11—Washington State Federation of Labor, C. okane, Wash.
July 18— International Stereotypers and Electrotypers, etc., Lee
•Aug. —RadioDimtors Guild. Undecided.
Aug. 8—North Carolina State Federation of Labor. Charlotte,
N. C. *
Aug. IS—International Typographical Union, Oakland, Calif.
Aug. 16—Utah State Federation of Labor, Logan, Utah.
Aug. 1&—Wisconsin State Federation of Labor, Eau Claire, Wis.
Aug. 16—International Photo Engravers, etc.—Columbus. Ohio.
Aug. 22—American Federation of Teachers, Milwaukee, Wis.
Aur. 26—West Virginia State Federation of Labor, Parkersburg,
—International Association of Marble, Slate, etc., Buffalo,
4—North Dakota State Federation of Labor, Fargo, N. D.
—New Jersey State Federation of Labor, Atlantic City,
—Mississippi State Federation of Labor, Gulfport .Miss.
8—Arisons 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. 29— 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 Horse, etc., Arcadia,
• Date not definitely set
Uncle Sam Says
In February we shunt the birth
of two very famous Antrrirnn..
George Washington and 'Abraham
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sity for a well-ordered method of
saving. They bad no ready-made
plan such as is now offered by the
l!- S. Savings Bonds program. You
specify the sum In be allotcd each
payday, where yon work. That is the
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ployed, use the Band a-Month Plan
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Letter press printing in the graphic arts
means the direct application of inked type
and engravings or other type material to
It is the simplest of all graphic methods
of reproduction and at the same time the
most lasting. It was the method employed
by the medieval craftsmen who first ap
plied type to paper and it has persisted
throughout the centuries over all innova
tions, until today, when the best of crafts
manship is sought in a job, there is no al
ternative to letter press printing, along
with high grade paper and typographic
We suggest that if you have some print
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consult us. Simply telephone 5-1776 or
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