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The Chronicle (Newspaper) - January 04, 1968, Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati s labor newspaper owned and published by the Cincinnati Al Cio labor Council the chronicle year of discovery of 9 a vav a it i x it thursday january 4. Ims seventy sixth year no. 1 mailed to your Home 2.00 per year Union members per week Ltd get toe Formica offers due local 757 same conditions that prevail in non Union California Plant there was a lot of a no Progress made during a nine hour meeting last wednesday Between the negotiating committee of due local 757 and officials of the Formica corp. The meeting was requested by and held in the office of Federal mediator Edward Wendes. Local 757 went to a hat meeting prepared to negotiate seriously and to prove their intentions modified earlier proposals by dropping nine Points completely and revising seven others downward. Cincinnati has no flu epidemic there is no need for general alarm because of the prevalence of influenza a-2 in some Eastern cities it was reported by or. Stanley d. Simon president of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati and or. James d. Wharton Cincinnati health commissioner. They offered the advice that debilitated persons especially those with lung or heart conditions and the elderly consult their physicians regarding immunizations for the disease. Other persons who Are in doubt As to whether or not to take the immunizations should also discuss the problem with their family physicians. Persons who Are exposed to influenza such As physicians and nurses should get the immunizations subject to the advice of their family physicians or. Simon and or. Wharton advised. Postage rates go up sunday postmaster Scanlon reminded mailers that new higher postage rates become effective on january 7, including the 6-cents-an-ounce charge for first class letters. Other rates effective then he noted Are 10 cents an ounce for air mail 5 cents each for postal cards and 8 cents each for air postal cards. The new rate provisions also establish important rate changes for heavier first class mail pieces or. Scanlon explained. If the first class mail piece weighs More than 13 ounces it will go automatically by the fastest transportation available a meaning air service usually. A heavier first class pieces above 13 ounces will be merged with air parcel Post under a single rate schedule a he said a and All air mail above 7 ounces will be subject to the chair parcel Post rate Formica on the other hand came with no proposals at All until a last minute offer was tossed out to enable the company to say that it had made an offer. But it was nothing that could Lead to a prompt settlement of the strike which began december 10, involving some 1400 members of local 757 at the local Formica plants in even Dale and Winton place. Explained to members in a letter to All members local 757 warned that Formica seems More determined to break the Union than to Settle the strike. The letter also exposed the company offer thrown out after the. Company flatly rejected the new proposals by the Union. Climax of the unproductive meeting came when Formica offered local 757 everything now in effect at the California Plant of the company. Now look at what exists at that California Plant a it is a fairly new operation about two years old As compared to the More than fifty years opera tide in Cincinnati. A demonstrating company attitudes toward workers no matter where they work the California Formica Plant has no Union at All a in Cincinnati local 757 members operate maintenance factory service receiving and shipping. In California Formica contracts out for these operations and then claims inability to negotiate with Cincinnati workers because they have no wage comparisons on wages paid by outside contractors. Actually the rates Are much higher than Cincinnati workers get for the same work a production people in California get wage rates at Formica ranging up to 55c an hour More than workers Here receive. When local 757 asked for parity Formica called their request a grievances Are settled in California according to a Booklet Given to employees and written by Formica. That is representation a there Are other conditions existing in California which Formica refuses to explain to their Cincinnati workers while asking them to accept a Blind Deal. A there is Little wonder that Formica would like to sell their California Brand of employee relations. For example the company is trying to take away some Union won benefits from Cincinnati workers. These include time and a half for saturday work double time for sunday work reduction of break time and pay cuts for some classifications. In exposing these company tactics due local 757 president Al Leigh told the membership that All the window dressing done by Formica indicates More interest in breaking the Union than in reaching a settlement of the present dispute. He warned a they will Only succeed if we let them the More we stick together the better settlement we will get a and the Shorter the strike will signed before deadline railway clerks first to win new contract for �?T68 our landlord set a shining example of contract settlement last week. The brotherhood of railway and airline clerks inked a contract in Chicago with the nations major railroads four Days before the old contract expired on january 1. It was a signal Victory for president c. L. Dennis and provides substantial wage increases for 180,000 Railroad employed members of the Brac Over a two year period. Starting january 1, paychecks were fatter by 2and that will grow by 3yi% in july another 2% next january and 3% More in july 1969. Airline and express members i Bra Are not included and there will be separate contracts negotiated for them. For railroaders the new contract also provides pay for holidays if that Falls on their Normal Day off. Dennis said the new package will put $65 to $70 More in clerks pay each year and also they will get two weeks vacation now for two years service and three for five years. The carriers hailed the contract As one which provides labor peace without the kind of wrangling that has burdened former negotiations. A the Brac achievement proves the advice Given by expert labor relations observers that the time to negotiate is before and not after a contract expiration Date. Of Quot a c of a unions thank City Council for wage increase cite need to meet living costs three unions whose members Are employed by the City of Cincinnati have expressed appreciation to the Cincinnati City Council for a voluntary approval of a 2% wage increase for about 5600 City workers. The increase went into effect efforts underway to raise pay for county workers on the heels of the pay increase granted Cincinnati workers Steps Are under Way to get the same 2% increase for Over 300 Union members employed by Hamilton county. The efforts Are spearheaded by the Aasc amp me District 51, and staff director a Van Hagen said he was asking the county commissioners to put the increase into immediate effect. At present there is a wage Gap Between City and county workers with negotiations for a new contract slated this month. In addition to seeking wage adjustments the Union will ask for hospitalization coverage paid by the county for county employees in Accord with authority recently granted by the Ohio general Assembly for counties to pay for health Protection for their employees. Need is cited but the urgent Issue now is to provide the 2% wage hike for county employees which Van Hagen said was necessary to close the Gap Between City and county workers. He added that granting the wage increase and hospitalization benefits could be a million Dollar package and that Many More workers than Are members of the Aasc amp me would be included in that estimate. That covers various county divisions such As welfare and others for whom the county commissioners fix _ wage rates. I. County Board president Robert Wood said a a we re hopeful that we can do something like the City to offset the Cost of living which affects us january 1 and averages a 5c hourly increase or about $125 More per year. City officials called it a move to More nearly equalize wages few City employees with those in private Industry. Union spokesmen called it a move to keep Pace with rising living costs. A letter of appreciation was sent to every member of City Council and other key officials. It was signed jointly by Al Van Hagen staff director District Council 51 for the american federation of state county and municipal employees Al Cio and written by that organization. The letter was co signed by Stan Inman for local 20 of the operating engineers and Clarence Miller for local 49, firemen and oilers. Here is the message from the unions sent to members of the Cincinnati City Council unions statement a the ordinance you have before you today providing for a 2% increase for All City employees will do much to alleviate the increased pressure placed on the workers budget by the spiralling inflation. A while the september Consumers Price Index did not reach the prescribed 116.5 which would by our agreement have allowed reopening on wages Only there is Little doubt that it will pass that Point soon if it has not already done so. December figures not available. A your unions in line with that agreement have not officially discussed these matters with the City administration although All parties recognize this increase will certainly provide a Bridge until the negotiations for 1969 begin. A we wish to express our appreciation for your recognition of the needs of your employees and the action taken in this ordinance in order to provide for those

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