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South Leads Off (tampers Memorial Organizing Drive
/ Carolina Machinery Co., Inc.
Tho Waste Machine Manufacturer?
P. a Box 1922 Tel 2-6764
CHARLOTTE, H. C.
Chandler Tile & Marble Co.
PiaeviJIe Rood Route No. 2
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
■ Charlotte Weatherstrip Company
1430 £. Tenth St. Telephone 4-1830
CHARLOTTE. N. C.
Charlotte Oak Flooring Co.
Derite Rood Telephone 4-8298
CHARLOTTE. N. C.
Dixie Manufacturing Company
RANK AND STORE FIXTURES
Building 256, Morris Field * Telephone 4-0432
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
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CHARLOTTE, N. C.
FIRST IN RUBBER_
200 South Brevard Street
Charlotte, N. C.
APL Requests ON
In Working Honrs
New York.—The American Fed
eration of Labor has called upon
the United Nations to consider a
program looking to the interna
tional reduction of working hours
as a consequence of rising labor
productivity to .40 hours and a pos
sible further reduction to .'JO hours.
The program, issued on behalf
of the AFL's International Labor
Relations Committee, was present
ed to UN Secretary-General Try
gve Lie with a request that it be
placed on the agenda of the Eco
nomic and Social Council, which
will meet shortly.
The AFL also requested that the
Convention of the International
Labor Organizations limiting
working hours to 40 weekly, which
ao far was only set “as a desirable
goal, be introduced gradually in
countries where working hours are
still higher, and that a study be
undertaken on a further reduction
of working hours with a goal of a
Reasons for seeking the cut in
working hours, according to the
AFL brief, were:
First, productivity per man
hour, particularly through the in
troduction of electronic devices,
Second, there ha3 been a great
increase in the number of “employ
ables,” as a result of longevity
and rise In the birth-rate in many
It was pointed out that the rate
of productivity increase, according
to index figures, shows that from
i a base of 100 in 1899, it had risen
in the United States to 309 in 1939
and, of course, the figure has gone
much higher since.
“The conviction is growing that
developments connected with the
use of electronics will have a pro
found-effect- upOn engineering and
business. The new machines be
cause of their similarity to the hu
man brain in their potential ability
to fit into complicated controls,
may be the beginning of a second
The AWL pointed out that limi
tation of working hours was par
ticularly important “with regard
to the prospective development of
underdeveloped areas where a
reasonable limitation of working
hours is advised in order to avoid
the miseries of the early days of
the industrial revolution in coun
tries of early indutrialization.”
“The reasons for this request,”
said the statement prepared by
Miss Toni Sender, AFL representa
1 tive at UN, “are two-foid—workers
should have their share in the in
creasing productivity of industry
by reduction of working hours
without wage cuts and sufficient
purchasing power must be avail
able for the increased production,
if large-scale unemployment, is to
SETS UP LOAN PLAN
Washington.—The Rural Elec
trification Administration an
nounced that it is setting up ma
chinery for handling loans “to per
sons now providing or who may
hereafter provide telephone serv
ice in rural areas and to co-opera
tive, non-profit, limited dividend
or mutual associations.” The
loans were authorized under the
rural telephone act passed by
the 81st Congress with AFL sup
GREETINGS TO LABOR
CHARLOTTE, N. C
AFl TRANSIT UNION
WARTS TO HBP PAT
for ns PEisiois
By DAN SMYTH
Chirac* Correspondent AFL
CHICAGO.—Division 1381 of
the AFL Amalgamated Associa
tion ,of Street, Electric Railway
and Motor Coach Employes would
like to aak: Why all the hullaba
loo for noncohtributory pensions?
Division 1381. which represents
1.150 employes of the Chicago
Motor Coach Co., has had a non
contrihutory pension plan for
years, which it is trying to re
place with a stronger, more liber
al contributory pension plan.
The union b** just negotiated a
new contract with the bus com
pany, providing for a wage in
crease of 10 cents an hour. It
will bring 850 Bus drivers to a
wage of $1.65 per hour.
The new contract also provides
three weeks’ vacation after 15
years’ service, a guaranteed work
week for extra men. and other
benefits, all obtained without a
strike. But the issue of pensions
was left open for further negoti
About eight years ago, the com
pany agreed to pay a pension of
$30 a month to employes 65 years
old or over, who have 20 years’
service. Three years ago. the pen
sion was raised to $G0. The com
pany pays the entire cost. The
workers contribute nothing out of
their own wages.
The union dosen’t want this. The
union wants the same pension
plan other locals of the same in
ternational have obtained from
the Chicago Transit Authority, a
municipally-owned traction firm
which competes with the Motor
Coach Co. for passengers.
The contributory plan would
guarantee every pensioner at 65 a
minimum of $75 a month, not
counting federal social security,
and could be larger, depending
upon average earnings and length
The union proposes each em
ploye pay 2 per rti»t of tls wages
into the pension fund the first
year, to be matched by a 3 per
cent contribution by the employer.
In the second year? the contribu
tions would go up to 2 per cent
by the worker and 4 per cent by
the employer; in the third year,
2 1-2 and 5 per cent. The plan
would be reopened for revision
every three years.
If no agreement is reached
within DO days on the pension is
sue. the contract provides it shall
be submitted to arbitration.
“I don’t know why anybody
would want to strike for a non
contributory pension plan if a
contributory plan is offered,” said
Robert Lamping, president of Di
vision 1381. “We have had free
pensions, and we would rather
have the kind that workers help
“For one thing, it’s perma
nent. Free pensions are some
thing the employer can take
away if there is a change in man
agement or if anything happens
to the union. And the union has
nothing to say about its adminis
“A contributory pension, joint
ly administered, gives the worker
a bigger voice, and it helps him
to keep track of his rights. Then,
when the pension comes due, it is
a bigger one, because he has
helped to pay for it.”
GREEN GIVEN PLACE
IN NEW WORLD UNION
(Continued From Pace 1) _
for assuring the defense of world
democracy and the freedom of na
tions acninst any totalitarian ag
The executive committee, which
will meet every < months, consists
North America—Mr. Green, Mr.
Bengoqgh, Mr. Murray and Pet
Conroy of the Canadian Congress
Europe — Leon Jouhaux of
France; Eiler Jensen of Denmark;
Paul Finet of Belgium; H. Boek
ler of Germany; and Giulio Pastors
Latin America—Bemando Ibanes
of Chile, and Francisco Aguirre of
West Indies—R. Bradshaw.
Asia and Middle East—E. Kato
of Japan; Deven Sen of India, and
K. Heydayat of Lebanon.
Britain— Arthur Deakin and
New Orleans. —AFL leaders ol
14 southern states led off the 1950
Samuel Gompers Memorial organ
izing drive for 1.000,000 new mem
bers with an enthusiastic hard
working planning conference that
aimed to gain 500,000 of the total.
Harry O’Reilly, AFL director of
organizing, said that the rally was
an auspicious start for the drive
authorized by the 68th AFL con
vention and gave the campaign a
“If the enthusiasm shown car
ries down to the rank and file and
spreads to other sections of the
country, we've every reason to be
lieve that we will reach our cam
paign goal," Mr. O’Reilly said.
“The demonstration argues for suc
cessful membership gains.”
The state and central labor un
ion representatives set up plans to
see that every wage-earner in the
South is given a chance to join the
AFL union of his choice. The can
vass will be conducted section-by
sect ion in every state in industry,
agriculture and white collar fields.
“We received reports,” Mr. O'
Reilly said, “from every section of
the South that in every locality
union and non-union wage earners
are awakening not only econom
ically but to their rightful place
in the civic, social and political
life of their communities.”
! Participating with Mr. O'Reilly,
were J. L. Rhodes, southern direc
tor of Labor’s League for Political
Education, and others.
75-Cent Wage Paid
Ahead of Schedule
New York.—Some employers
have already increased wages to
the 75-cent an hour minimum
which will be required for all em
ployes covered by the wage and
hour law' after January 26. This
was reported by Arthur J. White,
regional director of the Wage and
Hour Public Contracts Division, U.
S. Department of Labor.
The amended law boosts the
minimum rate from 40 to 75 cents
an hour beginning at 12:01 a. m.
on January 25, 1950, but field in
vestigation* made in New York
and New Jersey reveal that many
employers adjusted to the higher
rate shortly after the new amend
ments were signed by President
^Truman on October 26.
Mr. White’s report shows that a
total of 95 employers in New York
State agreed to pay back wages in
the amount of $31,870 to 443 em
ployes as a result of investigations
made under wage and hour laws
These payments were restitu
tions for failure to comply with
overtime provisions of the wage I
and hour law, which apply to em
ployes engaged in interstate com
merce or In the production of goods
for interstate commerce, and the
Public Contracts Act, which ap
plies to government contracts for
more than $10,000.
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Monday Through Wednesday 6:00 P. M.—9:30 P. M.
Thursday Through Saturday 6:00 P. M.—11:00, P. M.
3101 Tuckaseege Road Charlotte, N. C
For Orders to Go and Party Reservations Dial 5*4524
GRIER & THOMPSON I
FUNERAL PARLOR, INC.
701 East First Street Telephone 7109
CHARLOTTE, N. C. \
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Holland Furnoct Company
1502 South Boulevard Phone 4-5561.'
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
HAMILTON C. JONES
' Konoy & Sons Machine Co.
4111 Thrift Road Phono 3-5380
CHARLOTTE, N. C. /
Engineers and Contractors
P. O. Box 2046 Phono 3-3328
CHARLOTTE, N. C.
BLYTHE BROTHERS, INC.
2911 Hutchison Avonuo
Tele phono 3-1137
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA