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Childress Index (Newspaper) - June 23, 1974, Childress, Texas Page to the Childress Index. Childress Texas sunday june 23, 1974 is their fight Feudal ? serfdom rules Piney woodsmen by Tom Tiede Chatom Nea though the emancipation proclamation was issued More than a Century ago there remains an unfortunate group of men in the deep South still locked in a severe form of economic bondage they Are Independent woodcutters the people who scavenge the policy Woods above the Gulf of Mexico and such is their plight that Many believe them the last form of slave labor in America. The reference to Vassalage while rhetorical is at least emotionally accurate. The woodsmen Are lashed to an employment system that resembles nothing so much As an antebellum Plantation setup though their survival depends on the whims of their employers these men Are not allowed to see talk to or debate their ultimate masters. It works this Way being Independent the woodsmen Are More or less self employed. Theirs is the Job of cutting Down trimming and removing the Timber much of America will eventually use a paper products. It is Tough often dangerous work and unpredictable. A Day s rain will negate a Days work and thus a Day s pay. A broken saw Blade can reduce a week s salary by half. There is no group insurance. No unemployment compensation. A every Day says one worker a it s like throw but even under the Best of weather and work conditions pulpwood cutters must Gamble since they do not work directly Lor the pulp com Independence for the Pine Woods woodcutter Means a dangerous and unpredictable Job with no fringe benefits. Panties a Scott paper and International paper to name two a the men have historically been forced to work through middlemen. When they deliver a Load of Wood to say. International paper it is at the request and consent of an agent called a just As on the Plantation. Where the slave Boss kept the darkies in line the pulpwood dealer is a Buffer Between the labourer and the corporation. More than this however the pulpwood dealer is economical life and death for pulpwood cutters. The dealer sets the Price for a delivered Cord of Wood. The dealer establishes the conditions when and w Here such Wood can be delivered to paper companies. A the is like says woodcutter Delbert Carney. If you Cross him. You re in big trouble. If you try to leave him. To go to another dealer the other dealer wont take you in unless the first dealer gives Perissi thus it is the men of the Piney Woods country the Sandy Rainy areas of Georgia Alabama Florida and Mississippi a Are knotted to an occupational Structure that they charge minimizes their Maneule ability while maximizing their dependence. Not being Able to Deal directly with paper companies the Woodmen have come to rely on the Middle dealers almost As company stores. Says one discouraged Cutter. If you need Money for a new Blade you probably borrow it from the dealer. If you need Money for a new truck you probably use the dealer As a loan co signer and he takes ten twelve per cent on top of what the Bank gets. Then each week when you go to pick up what you earned on Wood the dealer deducts payments on the Money you owe. I know myself sometimes in be done work All week just to pay off the dealer the situation is not new. Of course. Woodsmen say the Cutter to dealer to company system has been Law for More than a Century. A but nobody Ever did anything about it before a a says Del Carney. A people bitched and moaned but did no to use any muscle. I suppose because of the race thing. The us who Cut Are usually Jack the Guys who own the cutting machinery Are usually White. They had Mutual interests but get together. A lot of the Whites just continued to suffer abuse rather than try to unionize with the now at last Carney adds the cutters May indeed be deciding to act in Solidarity. Carney is the president of an Alliance of woodcutters a called a producers a known As the Gulf coast pulpwood association. The group several years old struck the paper companies last year in its first show of strength. Though the companies refused to recognize the spa the dealers had to says Carney a we forced them to raise the Price of Wood from $19.40 a Cord to $25.75. That still ainu to enough but it s something. We feel we started something that can t Stop a better life for the Carney s vision of a better life for Woodmen includes one key element a Coop of pulp cutters that will eventually eliminate the middleman the dealer in All business transactions. Who Are these dealers anyway a grumps Carney. A they have no special qualifications. All they do is write up the paperwork and get Rich. They done to Cut they done to haul they done to sweat All they do is scribble on paper and get Rich. Our goal is to get rid of them hire our own paperwork clerks and then Deal with the big paper companies if accomplished the goal would be revolutionary for the cutters. And also profitable. As it stands now the pulp dealers Are paid a number of dollars per Cord of Wood from the paper companies the prices Are kept secret especially from the Cutter Sand the dealers in turn pay a number to the cutters minus dealer profits. If we could work with the companies directly Quot says Carney a we could get the original Price per Cord. Lets say its $40�?well that a $15 More per Cord than we get now that s a few Beans on the but however enticing the Oal its realities Are dim. _ Aper companies Are currently in arbitration with spa lawyers but few observers expect any dramatic changes in relationships. Spokesmen for both Scott paper and International paper refuse outside queries on the matter. But As one paper executive says privately a we work through dealers because they Are easy to handle. I wont comment on the moral Issue but i think it would be chaotic to begin suddenly working directly with Independent cutters. For one thing unlike the dealers the cutters would be bound to want More and More Money. Then fringe benefits. Then something else and something else. Hell eventually it would be like hiring thousands of new but even As the paper companies cling to hop a a of the past the woodsmen Are holding to their Lopes for the future. A we got three thousand members in spa says Carney. A we think it la grow to four thousand then five thousand. We got the com eanies nervous. We got lacks and writes together now and in the South that a the kind of Union that Means Sparkie Williams a Small australian Parrot Budgerigar that died in 1962 in Bear Cross England had a vocabulary of 531 words including a a Budgerigar and Debbie Blackwell left and Melinda Weatherbee. Will attend the 12th annual High school student citizenship seminar july 15-19 in Waco. They will be among More than 500 students from Over the state entering the 11th and 12th grades in september who have been selected to attend the seminar on the basis of leadership ability and Scholastic achievement. The seminar is sponsored by the Texas farm Bureau and will be held on the Baylor University Campus. The purpose of the seminar is to convey to the students a better understanding of our american heritage and the capitalistic private Enterprise system according to Stanley Terry local farm Bureau president. He also said they will be informed about some of the forces both internal and external that Are eroding our Way of life. The ultimate goal he added in addition to helping them to be better informed is to cause them to want to pass on their experiences to others. Attendance is not limited to students from farm Bureau families but is open to those who reside in towns or cities As Well As Rural areas. Former Cee Vee resident killed . a information was received Here Friday of the death of Jerry Skaggs. 35. In a one car Accident on june 3 at Jerome. Idaho. Skaggs was a member of the Jerome police department at the time of his death funeral services and burial for the former Cee Vee resident were held in Amarillo. Or Skaggs was the son of mrs. Ted sch nes of Amarillo and Fred Skaggs of Kermit he is also survived by his children thekla and Bobby Skaggs of Colorado Springs no other information was received by his former parents in Law. Or and mrs. Bob Jones of Cee Vee. Read the classifieds a living f la f. A a m \ Gordon s furniture v a -0 i a a a u u Vav v. V a it Koa it a As a in a a / by Globe introducing the Burlington House Globe division French Manor a. Sota5778.95 b. Love seat5643.45 c. Chair amp on.s550.40 d. Occasional chair. $411.95 e. Bench. 5365.95 f. 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