North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. XIX; NO. 29
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WASHINGTON.—Frank Edwards, one of the outstand
ing liberals on the air, has been engaged as commentator
for the American' Federation of Labor's new, nation-wide
radio program which will be broadcast five nights a week
over the Mutual network beginning January 2.
Edwards brings to the* micro
phone a versatile radio news back
ground of more than 24 years
and a vivid personality which won
him top popularity ratings in his
latest assignment at Indianapolis.
Although sponsored by a business
concern there, his consistent es
pousal ot liberal causes and his
aggressive campaign against the
Taft-Hartley Act won his a wide
following among Midwest work
His broadcasts for the AFL
will originate from Washington
and will be aired over a network
of 147 stations from 10:00 to
10:15 P. M., EST. (A complete
list, of the stations on the net
work and the local time when
this program will be heard will
be published as soon as it can
be compiled.)
Edwards was chosen to, serve
as AFL’s news commentator after
a series of auditions of many
better known newscasters because
of his effective radio Style fmi
his crusading spirit for progres
sive objectives. It is expected
that he will soon become one of
the most popular commentators
on the air.
To accustom radio audiences td
listening to Edwards at 10 p. m.,
EST, the Mutual network plans
to start him on that spot on a
sustaining basis beginning Dec.
5, Monday through Friday until
the AFL program takes over on
the same time beginning Jan. ■ 2.
Edwards started his radio ca
reer as a special events broadcast
er but his unceasing efforts to
dig for the “story behind the
story” prompted him to switch
soon after to news reporting and
then commentaries.
He has traveled far and wide
- tracking down news developments
visiting such far-away places as
Borneo, Alaska. Sumatra, Aus
tralia, South Africa, Norway and
most of the South American na;
tions in quest of radio headlines.
An expert newsreel photographer,
he has shot many films to illus
trate his lectures which have won
him popularity in the Midwest
Fearless in his presentation of
the truth and completely inde-'
pendent in his point of view, Ed
wards is expected to provide a
refreshing contrast to the regu-1
lar run of commentators, most of
whom lean to the reactionary side j
of public issues. Certainly, he
will offer a colorful and interest
ing new personality on the air.
‘ —— ,
Newark, N. J.—Lewis M. Herr- i
mann. publisher of the New Jer
sey Lgbor Herald, was returned
to the New Jersey legislature by
voters oT Essex county with
the highest vote of any candidate
in the county.
Mr. Herr man, who is secretary
treasurer of the International La
bor Press Association, won an
other term by a majority of 40,
000 votes.
His victory was one of the most
impressive smong those scored by
members of AFL unions in ra
tional, state and local election*.
Mr. Harrmsnn is a member of the
Intel national Typographical Un
AF.L Commentator
Who will be heard fire nights a
week over the Mutual Breadcasting
System’s nationwide hookup re*
porting the American Federation
of Labor view of tbe news. •'
Chicago. — The Central States
Drivers Council of the AFL
s'Wr^ptatArs Unkur ▼<»•* wage
increases and an employer - fi
nanced welfare and health pro
gram in a new 26-month contract
just signed with employers in 11
The 40,000 AFL teamsters cov
ered by the agreement received an
increase of 8 cents an hour and
cne-fourth cent per mile effective
November 16. In January. 1951.
they will receive an additional 5
Cents an hour and one-eighth cent
per mile.
The 3,000 employers agreed to
pay $1 per week for each em
ploye into a union health and
welfare program for the entire
26 months of the contract. The
agreement covers drivers in Mich
igan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri. North
Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
and Kansas.
Chicago. — The Amalgamated
Meat Cutters and Butcher Work
men of North America of the
AFL has instructed local unions
that in negotiating packinghouse
wage agreements they “should
make an effort to include the
benefits contained in our new
1849-1950 Swift master agree
The instructions wefe sent in a
letter to all locals by Butcher
Workmen President Earl W.-Jim
erson and Secretary - Treasurer
Patrick E. Gorman.
The Swift contract continued
in effect the company pension
plan, in operation more than 30
years, which union officials called
“far superior to most plans being
negotiated at the present time.”
Retroactive to September 12,
1949. the agreement provided
bracket wage increases ranging
from one-half to 15 cents an hour
for alt workers except those on
ommon labor rate; three weeks’
vacation after 15 years’ service;
8 veeks' pay in case of pregnacy;
sc*v f '«c r<y; elimination of in
eo.uftlaB geographical differ
entials in Ocala, Fla.; Nashville,
Tean-, S. D.; Mont- j
gomery, Ala.
$94)00,000 ODIN UNDER
Washington. — The AFL Na
tional Federation of Insurance
Agents’ Council won $7,000,000
more pay annually and $2,000,000
vacation allowances payable Im
mediately for 16,000 agents of
Prudential Insurance Company in
35 states and the District of Co
Terms of the new contract Were
announced, by George L. Russ,
president of the Insurance Agents’
Council, at conclusion of day and
night negotiating sessions of hard
“This is the best contract ever
negotiated to any union with
any of the major life insurance
companies,” Mr. Russ said
The AFL union was certified
as bargaining representative for
the agents on August 6, 1949, aft
er defeating the leftish-led Uni
ted Office and Professional Work
ers of the CIO in a National La
bor Relations Board election. The
AFL won by a 2-to-l vote.
Harry O'Reilly, AFL directoi
of organizing, said that the con
tract is proof of superiority of
AFL representation in the field
and marks a renewal of intensive
efforts to win bargaining rights
for agents of other big insurants
Mr. Russ said that the new
contract calls for increases in
compensation amounting to $7.24
weekly, which will cost the Pru
dential company $7,000,000 an
nually. The effective date of the
raise was fixed as September 19.
1949, and the contract will run
until December 1, 19»l.
In addition the agents will re
ceive $2,000,000 immediately in
the form of a . special vacation
allowance for 1949 ranging from
$125 to $138 each. The contract
contains provisions for improved
employe service benefits, griev
ance machinery, arbitration and
dues checkoff also.
Springfield. 111. — Joseph D.
Keenan, director of Labor’s League
for Political Education, has ac
cepted an invitation to address
the organization meeting of the
Illinois LLPE called for Decem
ber 3 by the Illinois Federation
of Labor.
AFL Members Win Largest Back Pay Claim
Los Angeles.—Demonstrating how AFL unions serve their mem
bers and the workers they represent. Jack M. Helsley and John T.
Howard of Operating Engineers Local 12 receive checks totalling
$3.2*3.25 from Samuel Kalish, California Deputy Labor Commissioner,
for back pay illegally withheld under California law by their employer
Los Angeled Decomposed Granite Co. The claims were the largest
ever settled by the Los Angeles office of the California State Labor
Commission. M. L. (Lee) Miller, (left) business representative of
Local 12, looks on as Mr. Kalish hands cheek to Mr. Howard. Between
Mr. Kalish and Mr. Howard are Mr. Helsley and Mrs. Howard. After
Us deductions. Mr. Howard’s chock amounted to $1,312.11 and Mr.
Helsley's to $1,312.1*. The cases were pressed to their successful
conclusion by Business Representative Miller.
I The Ipterpational
' Ladies Garment Worker* Union
| of the AFL announced the selec
tion of Arthur A. Elder, Midwest
director of the Workers’ EUucn-1
tion Bureau of the AFL, as the
director of the union’s novrly-cs-1
tablished Officers’ Training School
—the first of its kind in the world.
Mr. Elder will assume his new
dut es on January 1, with the un
ion turning over an entire floor,
of its headquarters building in
New York for use of the train- 1
ing school. Classes will begin
soon thereafter.
The school is open to members
of the union 21 to 30 years old
interested in becoming full-time
officials and representatives. Tu
ition is free and every man and
woman completing the course is
guaranteed a full-time job.
The course of instruction calls
for eight months of day school
training in academic subjects such
as economics, labor relations and
law, union organisation, history
of labor, and four months of prac-1
tical field work suc» as parti
cipation in collective Bargaining
negotiations and getting familiar
with shop work and practices.
Initial enrollment is expected to
run 40 students. These will be
selected 'by the education com
mittee of the union board of trus
The school is expected to cost
1100.000 the first year.
Washington.—AFL officials call
attention to the November 30
closing date for applications for
scholarships to study labor and
adult education at colleges in the
United Kingdom for the 1050-51
academic year.
Members interested in the foul
scholarships available under the
Fulbright program adminiatered
by the U. S. State Department
should write to Institute of In
ternational Education, 2 West
46th St., New York 1», N. Y„ for
eligibility requirements and ap
plication forms.
ONLY $2,000 A YEAR
WASHINGTON,—The American Federation of Labor’s
battle t<' raise annual income of the low-paid groups was
given a big boost by a special congresssional committee
Newark, N. J.-A union maiU i
is a flourishing market.
Max Zacitsky. president ,of the
United Hatters, Cap and Millin
ery Workers of the AFT* drew
that lesson from the 100th an- ^
niversary celebration of Hatters
Local Unions 13 and 11 In this ’
“For 100 years the hatters of j
Newark have been union*” Mr.
Zaritsky said in his greeting to |
the locals. “For 100 years New- j
ark has been a union market and
today Newark continues to flour-1
ish as a union market. But dur
ing all this perioft there have
come and gone dotens of non
union hatting centers. Hardly a
decade passed that some hat man
ufacturers did not decide to run
away from the union; they be
lieved they could do better if they
did not have to deal with their
workers collectively.
“The hUtotj’ Qf Lsca^ !%*«*».
Id proves that they were wrong;
i proves that a sound union, in
telligently led, is good for indus
try, and that while non-union
shops perish, those manufactur
ers who deal with the union on
fair and proper terms floursh.”
The Newark locals were born
in the days of turbulent labor
history. Despite many serious
setbacks, including the almost
complete bankruptcy of its finan
ces due to its support of the Dan- ■
bury hatters in their famous
struggle, the Newark locals are'
well established serving success-'
fully the needs of the men and 1
women in their, own markekt. '
And their trade ia still a highly
skilled technical craft requiring
years of apprenticeship and
training despite all of the many
innovations and introduction of
new machinery into the industry, j
Moline, 111.—Cliff Carney, pres
ident of the Tri-City Federation
of Lahor. announced that appeals
for 12 contributions to Labor’s
League for Political Education had
gone out to 30,000 AFL members
in the Quad Cities area.
A. G. Spotlights Movie Workers... By Nancy Gilchrist
Many classes see films which
help to explain further the sub
ject which they are studying.
Most people simply take these for
granted, without realising what a
job it is for some one to give
this privilege. A competent staff
of boys under Miss Young’s di
rection are largely responsible for
the movies shown.
This group include: John Mol
ter, Donhic Whitfield. Stanley
Hoke, Sammy Kunkle, Warner
Hall, Sidney Smith, Douglas Lit
tle, Richard Booth, Jamie Kratt,
Bill Harding and Bill HeiL
Since this' group, as was the
one spotlighted in the last Broad
caster, wss a comparatively large
grativ, it was impossible to inter
view all of them, but the ones
we lave talked to have been very
Jofca Matter, first period work
er, has perhaps one of the larg
est Jobs. He helps Miss Young
before school, gets there early,
and may stop on bis wsy to pick
op a film. He then is responsible
for putting it on the machine
when . he arrives. He is 'often
called to slice films other pe
riods beside first.
John says, "I like everything
about running the movie projec
tors, and I prefer it to having a
study hall. But Miss Young
really deserve* credit; she works
hard-” John got his training at ,
Woodlawn School. The school got
First row: Left to right, Donnie Whitfield. Bill Harding. Warner
Hall. n#url*» Little. Second row, Sidney Smith. Kir hard Booth,
Bill Hell. Stanley Hoke. Third row, Jamie Kratt. and John Molten.
Sammy Kunkle ia absent.
iPhoto by K. Rushin, Universal News Service)
a new movie projector, and John
waa one of the boys chosen to
learn He learned how at the
Public Library. j
Bill Heil and BiH Hardin#, sixth
period worker*, were jointly in
terviewed. Their job is to run
the machine, see that the room
is locked up and the lights out
before they leave school, or pick
up film for the next day. One
thin# they must be sure of is that
the machine Is unplugged and the
amplifier off.
Bill {forking says. “I like re
winding best because there’s more
to it."
Respective teacher* recommend
ed these boys for their job. Bill
Harding like* it especially because
he likes “machinery, motors, elec
tricity, and anything that works.
Also it is very educational, bei
cause you see many good films
you would not otherwise get to
Stanley Hoke is influenced by
his father’s work, (his Dad is a
photographer) and that explains
interest in running movie ma
chines. He works for Miss Young
"anytime she wants me,” he
says. Stanley does outside work
in that field by running the movie 1
projector for Saturday morning ‘
movies at Myers Park School. One
thing he does is try to fix ma- ;
chines when they’ve broke down,
so classes can go on. The thing
Stanley likes best is seeing a lot
of pictures.
Donnie Whitfield’s opinion of
his job is: “It’s lots of fun.” He
reports to Miss Young before
school and helps her then, as well
as first period. He is interested
in this type of work because he
has a projector of his own.
Warner Hall likes it for "the
fun of running it.” He says the
main job is to please all the
! teachers. “When something is
broken, we have to know whether
or not it’s something we can fix;
and if not, call someone to repair
it.” Warner got his training from
Bill Kuykendall when he was in
the seventh grade. Bill talked to
Miss Young about getting War
ner a place and then trained him
at recess. 1
All in all, these boys and Miss
Young have a hard job, but one j
that they do extremely well. We !
the students of A. G. express our j
appreciation. — AG Broadcaster,
Nov. 23. i
A subcommittee of the Joint
Committee on the Economic Re
port found that almost one-third
3f the nation receives an income
i)f $2 <¥M) a year or less. It said
these families “have been left be
hind in the economic progress of
The conclusion supports the AFL
position that the purchasing pow
come groups must be steadily in
creased to realize the national
objective of sustained high-level
employment and prosperity.
The subcommittee said that the
unfilled wants of American fam
ilies now living on inadequate in
comes “constitute a great under
developed economic frontier — a
new and exjiansible market for
the products of American indus
The committee planned hearings
in December to deternrne what
congressional policies can b«
adopted to enable these families
to become a greater market.
More than 8,000,000 incomes
were under $1,000 a year and
another 7,500,000 under $2,000
annually. The family groups in
clude one-fifth, of the nation's
er of working people and low in
Washington. — AFL President
William Green has received a let
ter of appreciation from A. Ma
lava Villulha, general secretary
of the Confederation of Labor of
Venezuela. for the resolution
adopted by the AFL convention in
St. Paul condemning the totali
tarian governments of Venezuela
and Peru.
“We consider this resolution of
great importance, particularly in
view of your request to the gov
ernment of the United States that
no economic help be given to the
governments of these two coun
tries because of their violation of
civil liberties and trade union
rightsMr. Villalba told Mr.
“Your condemnation of the dic
tatorial regimes has created a
feeling of appreciation and grati
tude among the Venezuelan work
ers. We are sure that in the fu
ture you will continue to give us
all the necessary help until such
time as the dictatorship in our
country is obliterated and liberty
and human rights are restored as
the basic rights for all citizens.
The AFL convention said that
“a serious task” still remains to
defeat “the mounting wave of
anti-labor and anti-demo^ratic
forces under the totalitarian ban
ner of Peron in 'Argentina and
the dictatorships in Peru and Ven
“These reactionaries of the
right have in recent months been
guilty of ruthlessly violating the
basic democratic lilierties and the
rights of labor.
"Our government, for the sake
of it* influence and ' prestige
among the democratic forces of
the world, would be well advised
to show no friendship for or
make any concessions to these
bearers of totalitarian dogmas
»nd despotism among our good
neighbors to the South.
“Our government would like
vise render distinguished service
° our national security and to
he cause of orderly social prog
ress if it would actively discour
se and categorically disapprove
irotiteering practices by greedy
orporate American interests which
liable sundry demagogues to pro
note suspicion of and .enmity to- '
cards the entire. American people
nd the democratic cause.”

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