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VOL. XIX; NO. 27
CHARLOTTE, N. C„ THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 10,. 1949
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AFL Labor Needs Still Unfilled For Low Rent Housing
AFL Bars Any Halting
Of Wage-Rate Raises
WASHINGTON.—In a clear-cut statement of wage policy to Con
gress, AFL President William Green said “there is no apparent rea
son” why wage increases negotiaiW by free collective bargaining
“should be halted at this time."
Mr. Green made the statement
in reply to a question from the
Joint Congressional Committee on
the Economic Report which
asked: “What do «you believe
would be the effect of a fourth
round of wage increases on the
level'of unemployment?” Follow
ing is the text of Mr. Green s im
portant policy statement in re
ply:
“There is a large element of
fallacy in the whole popular con
cept of ‘rounds’ as applied to
wage negotiations, insofar as it
implies that a more or less sud
den and uniform upward impetus
is applied to wage levels general
ly at a certain period each year.
Wage negotiations are a continu
ous and decentralised process, and
their results are determined by a
couple of factors that vary from
time to time, and from industry
to industrv.
“The term 'would be’ in the
question seems to imply an ele
ment of suspense that does not in
fact eisxt. Wage negotiations and
settlements have been taking
place all year,, practically every
day la the year, and the gfeat
majority of settlements have .in
vet red «ell-«asned and justified
wage * inc.-eases with no adverse
effects on employnmt or the
soundness of the economy. As
for more recent weeks, s sum
mary by ths Bureau of National
Affaire of more than 175 wage set
tlements reported for many dif
ferent industries during the tww
week period ending September IS
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reveals that only two cases in
volved decreases, about 30 cases
involved no wage increases but
did provide for additional bene
fits or for later reopening on
wages, and in the remaining 145
cases, substantial wage increases
ranging up to 30 cents an hour
were granted.
“Reduced to essentials, the gist
of the opinions expressed by the
main body of business ‘economists’
and editorialists generally seems
to be that a ‘far-sighted’ and
‘responsible’ trade union policy is
one which foregoes a wage in
crease during a period of pros
perity, in order to prevent in
flation. and accepts a wage de
I -reasc during a period of depres
sion. in order to reduce the cost
of production. Needless to say,
we are not impressed by the log
ic of such arguments.
“Insofar as any valid general
observation can bo made in an
swer to the question, it can be
said that an economy in which
wages, living standards and con
ditions of employment steadily
advance and improve is the moa*
cpndu^ye to sustained high-level
employrr.iltAxher* la mo appar
ent reastn A? tMa process of
improvement ahoald he halted at
thti time, aad it can only be re
lied upon to go forward under
free collective bargaining, and
free collective bargaining is the
only means by which this func
tion can be carried out realistical
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It’a hard to look at these healthy, happy tacos without bavin* an
orgi to thank God America has 790,000 men and woman who toss into
a Loyal Order at Moose fund each month a tew pennies so these little
children will live to enjoy a healthy and successful life, because their
daddy cared enough for them to be a Moose before he died. These
children live at Baby Village. Mooeeheart.
Here’s • typical
berf
Notice there are no stairs to climb, no steps to
lent, members of the Loyal Order of Moose h«ee
wilLadd to the contentment ef aging member*.
Moose mem
of life.
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WASHINGTON.—The need* of
8.000. 000 AFL members for de
cent low-cost and low-rent hous
ing are still unmet after more
than 10 years of national defense,
war and postwar prosperity.
That’s why the AFL’s 68th
convention adopted a policy for
a vigorous national housing pro
gram next year. Here are the
highlights:
Middle IncMae Housing
“The personal housing proh
ems of the grant majority cf
trade union members in the
American Federation of Labor
will remain untouched by 1949
public housing legislation. What
is needed is legislation to solve
the housing neeeds of socalled
' middle-income Vfamilies.
“Forty per cent of American
families have incomes falling
above $2,000 and below $3,750.
These families And themselves in
a position where they cannot af
ford the homes being constructed
by private builders but at the
came time their incomes make
them ineligible for any of the
public housing units to be con
structed under new law.
“The time has come when
housing legislation must turn to
fit the needs of these families.”
15.000,000 Homes Needed
“The woefully inadequate record
of private building industry still
leaves us with an accumulated
shortage of at least 10,000,000
homes and with m' minimum re
quirement of 15.OQOjQOO.homes to,
be built within the next 10 years;
10.000. 000 fhmiliet tn the United
States are still liftng under over
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Invite Truman to Gompers Dinner
Washington.—A PL Seeretary Treasurer George Meany. left, and
President William Green Ware White House smiling after receiving
President Trumrn’s assurances te attend the Samuel Gum pen < en
tenary Memorial Dinner on January S la Washing tuna Hotel Sutler
**if eagagethenU and work permit.
AFL Poshes Plans To Honor Compere
WASHINGTON.—AFL leader*
pushed ahead with detailed plan*
for celebrating throughout. 1960
the 100th anniversary of the birth
of the late Samuel Gom per*,
founder and first president of the
American Federation of Labor.
The centennial observances will
begin on J.niary 5 wito a din
ner *t hotel •fitler' Mere -wltalr
President Truman is expected to
attend. Mr. Truman told AFLI
President William Green and Sec-1
ret*ry-Treasurer George Meany
that he will be present if pos
sible.
The AFL officials are complet
ing details for this gathering and
other events to commemorate the
birth of Mr. Gompers on January
27, 1*50.
In connection with the year
long o!)>wvanes.._*tate_JFejet»
tions will conduct in organisa
tion drive to win one million more
members and will hold special
Gompers’ memorial exercises.
Two AFL Members Win Year at Oxford
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Bronxvillle, N. Y.—Johi Connors (renter), director of the AFL
Workers Education Bureau of America, lunches with Roy McLean
Ziemann (loft), Madison. Wis., and George C. Allen, San Mateo, Calilf.,
before the two leavo for a year’s study at Kuskiu College, Oxford
University, in England. The two AFL rank-and*tlers won labor
Krholnrships established by the Eritish Trades Union Congress and a
fund administered by Ernest Bevin, Great Britain's foreign secretary.
Connors is a member of the selection committee headed by Dr. Harold
Taj lor, president of Sarah Lawrence College.
Ziemann, former student at the University of Wisconsin, is a
truck driver for the Gateway City Transfer and a member of the
Teamsters Union Local 443. Allen, former student at San Francisco
State College, is a member of Watchmakers’ Union local 131.
RENTS RISE 19 PER CENT
WITH GOVERNMENT OKAY
WASHINGTON.—Sis month*
opera*ion of the 1949 housing
act resulted in ivtratt rent in
crease* of 19 per cent in 350
000 units* and decon'rol of 2,
268.046 other houses, apart
ments and room*.
This report from Housing Ex
pediter Tight- E. Woods points
up some of the API, reasons
for insisting on continuing rent
controls and a housing pro
gram to meet the needs of the
people.
Woods said he granted 175.
000 petitions for rent increases
averaging $6.99 per month be
tween April 1 and October 1.
Approval was given to 70 per
rent of the requests for rent
increases.
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Architect's Drawing of New Moose Temple, Charlotte, N. C.
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Green Outlines Steps To
Boost Economic Levels
WASHINGTON.—The American Federation of Labor h^a submit
ted to Congress proposals for high-wage full-employment prosperity.
The ei onomic statement was sent by AFL. President William
Green to Chairman Edward J. H rt of the subcommittee on unem
ployment of the Joint Committee on the Economic Report in answer
to questions submitted to Mr. Green.
The statement made these prin
cipal points:
1. The current oeonomic situ
ation has materially improved
since last summer.
2. Present unemployment in
volves an appreciable degree of
waste of manpower and potential
production as well as individual
hardship.
3. The aim should be to main
tain un economy in which all who
are ready, willing and able to
work can find the type of employ
ment for which they are best fit
ted in a relatively short period of
time. ^
4. I,ong-run prospects of bene
ficial effects on domestic employ
ment and production jps a result
of the foreign aid program will
hinge on the ultimate realisation
of its basic aims—the expansion
of trade, the elevation of world
living standards, and the devel
opment of backward areas.
5. An economy in which wages,
living standards and conditions of
•mployment steadily advance and
sustained high-level employment.
There is no apparent reason why
this process of improvement
should be halted at this time and
it can only be relied upon to go
forward under free collective bar
gaining.
4. A national system of unem
ployment insurance and n nation
al unified system of free public
employment offices should be
established.
7. The entire national tax
structure should be revised com
pletely to make it conform more
exactly to equitable tax prin
ciples; there can be no excuse for
placing heavy tax burdens on low
income groups except in a period
of threatened or actual inflation.
8. Government policy regarding
labor standards needs to be
strengthened, not weakened. Cov
erage of the wage-hour law
should be extended and minimum
! wages under the Walsh-Healey
Public Contracts Act revised up
wards promptly.
9. The government should aid
areas in distress because of un
employment by promoting full
j utilisation of the areas resources
and by encouraging industry to
locate there.
The AFL position on the cur
rent job and economic situation
was outlined in answer to 1L
questions submitted by Ms. Green
by Bsprie—ta*ve Hari ,
Mr. Hart asked br the written
statement since public bearings
have been postponed “because of
the improvement in the general
economic situation in the past few
months.” Mr. Green said he hoped
the AFL statement “will be of
assistance” in preparing^ the com
! mittee’s Anal report to Congress
early next year.
Bn day to <
good
an their five* taka great pride In allowing off their art They are given
regular daye in whieh they supervise the Hoed preparation for those
who ait at the table of their cottage. One of the
the health of those at Mooeehaven is the fact 1
cooked because of the plan worked out by the Loyal Order of Moose.
attributed to
the fact that aU food Is
Judging from the way these old boys are stepping it off the flsh must
be biting in the beautiful St Johns river which is more than I miles
wide at this point like buildings in the background are some of the
many built by the Loyal Order of Moose at Moooehaven, Florida, for
the comfort of aged members.
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