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The Sun (Newspaper) - August 12, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublished he the fifi if a Liberal the greater Cincinnati a. A amp a h a Cio weekly Industrial Union Council a n a h1 3. Owned by its readers a a vol. I i no. 13 29 so 11 they mean Busini a Iii Nati Ohio i a uw5, e 1 h entered As second class matter june 30, 1944 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2, Ohio under act of match 3, 1879 Vuist 12. 1919 40 d steelworkers ready for strike action if Good contracts Are not won above from right to left Dave Hall. President of local 310. Al Whitehouse director District 24 and Albert Jones president of local 1861. All Usa after the hot sunday meeting during which Whitehouse explained the reasons for steel workers wage and pension demands. All three Are members of the National wage negotiation committee. Usa. Go picture in Washington House committee agrees on social Security overhaul w Ashing ton up the House ways and Means committee announced it had agreed on. A series of major improvements in the social Security act aug. 8. After months of closed door sessions. Broadening coverage of the old age and survivors insurance program and raising payments to beneficiaries was one of the principal Campaign pledges of the democratic party in the 1948 Campaign. The Law has not had an overhaul in 10 years although for much of that time the ways and Means committee has held hearings on needed improvements. Labor spokesmen and social insurance experts have repeatedly called for changes. A summary of the changes to be drawn up by the committee majority in a new Bill 1. Increase in benefits. The formula will be changed to bring a calculated average increase of 80% in monthly payments. Mini i mum benefits raised from $10 i monthly to $25. Maximum for a i family boosted from $85 to $150 j monthly. 2. Extension of coverage to 11 million new workers. An Esti mated 4% million self employed w jokers other than Farmers Are to be covered along with employees of non profit institutions Domestic servants off the farm state and local government workers Federal workers now outside the government retirement program and miscellaneous groups include ing agricultural processing workers off the farm. 3. Total disability Benefit established on same basis As if worker concerned had retired. 4. Credit of $160 monthly wages Given to veterans for time spent in military service amount retired workers May earn without losing eligibility raised from $15 to $50 monthly and Extension of entire program to puerto Rico and the Virgin islands. Backed by the roaring approval of 400 local Union officials and members steel District director Al Whitehouse declared his steadfast resolve to strike at any steel Plant in this area which does not enter into just and fair wage negotiations leading to improved contracts. Whitehouse spoke at a special meeting on August 7 in the auditorium of the Guilford Public to Van Bittnerr a memory the meeting was opened by a minute of silence to Honor the memory of Van a. Bittner vice president of the United steelworkers and director of the Cio organizing committee who recently passed away. Whitehouse reminded his audience that Van Bittner was one of the Pioneer leaders of the labor movement and that his work and accomplishments will never be forgotten by the steelworkers. He then reported on the recent meeting in new York with Philip Murray which was attended by All male employees of the United steelworkers. Wage demands the demands of the steelworkers include both wage increases and pension and social insurance benefits. They include 122c for a direct pay hike 11.23c per hour in wages deferred for $125 a month pensions and 6.27c per hour for social insurance. Whitehouse said the steelworkers welcomed the Opportunity to air their demands in Public before the president s Board of inquiry while Industry is afraid to have this impartial body discover too High profits High prices its Low wages and backward working conditions. Local wage differential he also hit the unjustified wage differential existing b e t Ween equal jobs in plants in this area and elsewhere. In the valve in Dusty that difference in the pay a envelope of the Cincinnati Steelworker is As much As 25c per hour less than in other areas. Citing profit figures Whitehouse said the steel Industry is i enjoying colossal profits the highest in its history j operating at 90% of capacity j he said the Industry could Grant j a 30c hourly increase and still i earn net profits of $687.5 million a higher figure than the recording 1948 profits. Operating at Only 70% of capacity he continued the Industry could pay a 35c hourly increase and earn profits of $213.3 million As compared with 1946 profits of $228.6 million. Men also Wear out discussing the unions demand for a comprehensive company financed social insurance program Whitehouse said a Hwte will no longer tolerate the double Standard whereby machines Are preferred Over men. Every Well operated company sets aside Money for depreciation repair and replacement of machinery. Only infrequently however does it make similar provisions for the care of its employ yes human the health of the National Economy requires placing greater purchasing Power in the hands of steelworkers and other workers he said warning a unless this is done the business Cycle will continue downward and unless checked May develop into a serious Best wishes by . Steel the Only Reward to which employees of the u. S. Steel corp. Can now look Forward after a lifetime of service to the company is a letter wishing them a the Best of health and a pious wish that the a retirement years will be Many and even the shadowy pension plan now operated by u. S. Steel is on the skids since the corporation decided to retire the plan rather than to retire its employees. A Survey of the plan shows that of 297 getting pensions five received under $5 a month 29 received from $7.50 to $9.99, 48 received up to $15, with the top 19 receiving $50 average monthly pension paid to 718 retired workers including those receiving nothing was $9.35 As of May 1949. Many workers j will be disqualified for further j pensions when they reach 65 because of . Steel s policy to disallow pensions i an amount equivalent to social Security payments. Costs will dec Rease while the estimated Cost of the unions pension demand is 11.23c an hour and its social insurance demand 6.27c, these figures represented initial costs. Eventual net Cost for both demands he said would be Between lie and 12c an hour. A this is an in a pact a he observed a which is far less than the Industry has absorbed in periods of profits far lower than at the present time. A the demands of the steelworkers on these Points a he went on a Are so important to them that i you can to have sound Industrial i relations until these programs Are i instituted. If pensions Are not a Bargai Nable this year i done to know what will happen. I do know that the members of the United steelworkers Are a Well disciplined group and will follow Philip Murray. I also know they want pensions. I know they want insurance. And the wage increase asked is As important As the other Points if our purchasing Power shall continue. We Are ready to fight for our demands in the spirit of determination and righteousness in the True spirit of the United steelworkers and the Cio. Whitehouse concluded. Its so easy Only takes a few w minutes bet ton have to of it yourself gel registered now at Llie Cool and pleasant Hoard of elections 622 Sycamore Street. W 8 30 . To 4 30 . Al so saturday till noon labor foes also oppose farm plan comparison of votes by which the House killed the bran Nan Faim plan and refused to repeal Taft Hartley again demonstrates that the representatives who oppose the interests of the Farmers also oppose the interests of labor while supporters of one Are also supporters of the other. Of the 245 representatives who voted to kill the Brannan plan a plan for stabilizing the farm Economy while giving Consumers the Benefit of lower prices�?196 also opposed genuine repeal of the Taft Hartley act a Check shows. The Check also showed 73 representatives who consistently vote against both workers and Farmers. They voted against repeal of Taft Hartley against Public housing against Extension of Rural Telephone facilities and i against the Brannan plan. Industry poll reveals Speed up spreading american labor is working harder and producing More. This is the major conclusion of a Survey conducted by the Industry journal Mill amp factory. Answering a questionnaire sent to 1,000 companies the Magazine said 53% reported that employee productivity this year was higher than the output per Man hour a year ago. According to 43%, productivity was about the same while 4% reported it a lower. Despite the Rise Industry is not satisfied. In answer to the questions do you believe the productivity of your employees is now at a satisfactory rale�?��?61 % said no. Rising unemployment 60% of the employers said is one of the reasons Why productivity has increased. A we Are just beginning to witness improvement in work attitudes due to More plentiful labor Supply a a Midwest company commented. One company identified Only As a Midwest paper firm remarked that it was a hopeful that a a transition in employee attitude is now taking pointing out it had detected a few signs of this it said a so far however we have not discharged anyone due to Lack of business. A new England company admitted it had increased production a through new machinery and the desire of employees to hold their to step up production even More it suggested a National policy which would put a the unions in their proper place so that the average Workman retains some since the end of the War pro i ductility has been steadily rising. In september 1948, factory Man-1 gement amp maintenance a Mcgraw Hill publication reported 1 that Man hour productivity Rose 4.4% in the year ended aug. 2, 1 1948. Not h e r business backed source the Natl. Industrial conference Board revealed that out put per Man hour went up an a average of 72% from 1947 to 1948. Soul Hern Belles disagree tilth Southern Bell when the communications workers of America joined the Cio recently the Bell Telephone systems thought up every possible trick in the world in order to split Cwa members from their Union by claiming the affiliation was not wanted by the Union members. The Southern Bell co., went so far As to cancel its contract with Cwa and ask for a consent election by the National labor relations Board. The results of this election Tell their own Story. Southern division 49. Cwa Cio won this election by a vote of 26.216 for the Union and 4,216 against the Union. This overwhelming vote of Confidence for the Cwa Cio should once and for All Clear up any doubts in the minds of the Bell s Public relations experts that unions can be broken up by company influenced distension

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