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The Sun (Newspaper) - April 25, 1947, Cincinnati, OhioR u a a % t v o a it o a a eral weekly Jysk 2� entered As Mccond class matter june 30. 1944 at the Post of Nee at Cincinnati 2, Ohio under the act of March 3. 1879 april 25, 1 17 chief stumbling blocks to such meetings previously has been that the Al has insisted that a organic Unity should come strike is on at Lodge and Shipley a strike of Lodge and Shipley co. Unit members of local 766, United electrical radio and machine workers was called monday after the company s offers were declared totally insufficient to meet living costs. The strike is 100 per cent effective Talmadge Raley local by is Ness agent said and the company has agreed that no foremen or office workers will be allowed to do production work no scabs j will be imported and no attempt at a Back to work movement will be made. Be pickets Lodge and Shipley Plant Lodge and Shipley co. Sirri kers picketing at Plant 2. 8th and Evans streets. At Plant 1, where the majority of the employees work a picket line of Over 100 men was maintained on monday the Union struck after Neotia when he strike was called. Al Cio Unity talk is stirred by crisis the crisis which proposals for destructive legislation present to organized labor renewed talk this week of Unity Between Al and Cio. Renewed proposal for meetings came from Al president William Oreen. Green in a wire to Cio president Philip Murray proposed a meeting late this week. A first while Cio has maintained that the first thing to do is to tight in Unity pending anti Union legislation. The Cio position has been that the working out of organic Unity will be a Long process and that to wait for Unity of action until t is completed might be too late. A other important labor news of lie week included the settlement it of a new 2-year contract Between h a United steelworkers of \ Meric an and the . Steel 7orp. This following United electrical worker accords will general motors and Westing Touse again proved that genuine collective bargaining can Lead to Industrial peace. Wage increases it of approximately 15c were won. Striking Telephone workers quickly pointed out that were the Telephone co. Willing to likewise enter into genuine collect Ive bargaining now that a wage pattern has been set peace could a attained there also. President Truman warned during the week As labor has repeatedly that prices must come Down if we Are not to build up to an economic collapse. Cio president William Black United steelworkers staff representative and financial Secretary. Lots to nth Usa is the greater Cincinnati Cio Industrial Union Council a new president. He was elected by acclamation wednesday april 16. will discuss civil liberties american civil liberties will be the subject of the progressive citizens of Cincinnati april meeting at 8 p. M., on tuesday april 29 in the Victory room of tire i hotel Gibson. T Rollin Everett will discuss i a right of labor Quot Theodore bet by a civil liberties of minority groups and Julius Holzberg. J a the presidents loyalty tons for a general wage increase proved useless. The company a highest offer Raley said would have to be stretched to make five cents to to Aid Telephone strikers a in View of the increases already granted our Union in Westing i Muse and general motors and the settlement in big steel a he continued a it is impossible for this Union to agree to wage increases a one third or less than granted in other in addition the Union feels that the term of contract and reopening provision As offered is not equitable with other Eon tract terms. They offered either a one year contract with no reopening or an 18-month contract with reopening in nine months. Cio moved this week to lend full support to the Cincinnati communications workers who Are on strike against the Cincinnati Bell j Telephone co. Last development before the Sun went to press was that the company had rejected a Union request that neg a to nations be resumed. Company terms for resumption were1 that the strike be called off j and the Union give up adhere Erice to its National program. Publicity on the strikers Case will be carried in the Sun and on a the other Side of the news Cion a 8 15 . Radio program Over Wasai a special Cio committee promised the strike leaders. While the Telephone workers Are affiliated neither with Cio or Al Cio ally and nationally Are recognizing that their struggle is a worthy one and that its Why Quot May Belles workers rebelled new York up a want to know Why 350,000 conservative Telephone workers brought up in a company Union tradition Are today militantly marching on picket lines against the worlds biggest business the american Telephone amp Telegraph co.? there Are m few of the reasons at amp to a cherished $9 dividend Cost 185,000 worker their jobs during the depression years of 1929 kit 1936. The company paid out Over $35 million More Pei Quot year in dividends during the depression than in prosperous times. To do so it Laid off 185,000 workers and Par timed the rest. Each Dollar of a tie $9 dividend meant the loss of 20,000 jobs a a a at amp to is asking its employees to buy up another 10 million shares. The Money will be used to Complete a 5-year plan for dial conversion which will throw 250,000 or two thirds of at amp to a employees out of their jobs. In other words at amp to wants its workers to underwrite their own layoffs a a a it takes Only six years to get a pm d degree in a University but it takes at amp to employees eight years to reach top minimums. Before the unions rated a nod from the company it took an operator 15 years to reach a top rate of $27 in new York a Bell Telephone stenographer in Delaware worked for the company 29 years before they let her reach the top $28 starting rates for operators were 25c to 35c an hour in the Small towns. A # Low wages still pro vat in the phone Industry. A . News Survey showed that Telephone work ers earn from $6 to $12 less than the average wage of workers in manufacturing industries. Their wages even lag behind those of teachers the most notoriously underpaid group in the country. A average Telephone wage is $44.1.0 a week. But wage minimums in the Midwest and Small Southern communities Are As Low As $31 a week after eight years. Starting wages run from $22 in Small towns to $31 in Detroit. Top scale for operators in Large towns runs from $36 to $45, highly skilled Plant craftsmen installers switchman and Long Distan e maintenance workers fare Little better. Wages for these skilled worker j Range from a Start of $26 in Small towns to $29 in new York. Top scale after eight years is from $60 to $80. The Bell system boasts about its Liberal pension plan. But of the pensioners 10% representing management get about 40% of All pension payments and 90% split the remaining 60%. Average Bell pension is about $70 a month and 67% of All pensioners receive less than this amount. When the company gets through deducting its share of social Security taxes the majority of pensioners wind up with about $50 a month. Until two years ago when the company succumbed to heavy Union pressure the pension minimum was $30 a month a a at amp to spent $14 million for advertising last year but Hasni to offered its employees a Penny a wage increases despite the rising Cost of living. A successful outcome is vital to a All organized labor. It is a struggle by Union men and women to keep intact their National Union against the $6i billion Dollar american Telephone amp Tele graph co., one of the nations greatest monopolies the Cio leaders said. At amp to is trying to break the Union Down into setting wages and working conditions on a local basis. Plans for aiding the communications workers were Laid at a j Cio staff meeting with Robert j. Davidson regional director at which a report also was made on the emergency legislative conference held last week by Cio in Washington. The drive to enact highly dangerous anti Union legislation must be met with All the strength of organized labor Davidson declared. The special committee appointed for directing Aid to the communications workers is composed of William Black Cio Council president a1 Jordan Arthur Hartmann. Claude Garrett and Davidson. The committee met with Cywa representatives Charles Freeman. Vice president John Klopp Secretary treasurer and strike director Helen her but and William j. Gavin executive Board members. Cywa a of tigers urged Cio members to write to president Truman and to Telephone co. Officials urging prompt and fair settlement of the strike. Jordan and George Grigsby co unwed on 6"ao hell of Liberty

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