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The Sun (Newspaper) - August 19, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublished by the greater Cincinnati Industrial Union Council the t so \0 0 \0 a \. Ctr Sun a Liberal Cio weekly owned by its headers vol. Ii no. 14 29 Cincinnati Ohio entered As second class matter june 30, 1944 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2, Ohio under act of March 3, 1879 August 19, 1949 in Washington House passes improved minimum wage Bill a Bill setting minimum wages at 75c an hour but depriving a Large number of workers of coverage provided by the present 40c Law swept through the House after three Days of debate. Action now is up to the Senate Ere the labor committee apr a a ii our Iliin Inry i n and provisions to extend the coverage. Significant issues were settled during the House debate without Roll Calls. Compromise Bill the lines in the House were drawn Between an administration Compromise introduced by rep. Lesinski a Mich and a substitute Bill offered by rep. Lucas a Tex. The Compromise Bill backed by the Truman leadership would have raised minimum wages to 75c an hour and would have extended coverage to 700,000 workers who Are not covered by the present Law. The Lucas substitute would have fixed minimum wages at 65c an hour with a sliding scale by which the minimum would have gone up or Down As the Cost of living changed. Administration wins the administration won a Victory when the House voted 186 to 116 to Amend the Lucas plan by striking out the sliding scale and to fix minimums at a Flat 75c an hour. This was done on a motion by rep. Re dds a d. No. The administration then suffered defeat when its Bill was killed and the Lucas Bill substituted by a vote of 225 to 181. The final House vote on passage of the Lucas Bill was 361 to 35. Throughout the debate Dixie rats and reactionary republicans tried to Block any raise in the minimum wage. Many republicans supported administration efforts 10 raise the wage but joined opponents of broader coverage. 75c is new minimum As finally passed in the House the Lucas Bill sets a Flat 75c minimum wage extends coverage to about 90,000 fishery workers withdraws coverage from 50,000 to 100,000 laundry and cleaning workers from 50,000 to 100,000 Sawmill workers and from about 750,000 others. This last change comes this Way the present Law covers workers on jobs a Neces at comic. A a. A a a Lucas cd a changes the War a necessary to a a indispensable j and the wage hour adm Nistra i Tion claims this change will end the Protection of about three quarters of a million Plant guards j window washers factory restau a rant workers and the like. Both the administration and reactionaries Hope Rodd when i i it a my m come up in the Senate. Meccia is new assistant of clothing joint Board Jack Kroll manager of the Cincinnati joint Board amalgamated clothing workers announced the appointment of Marco Meccia 1 As assistant to associate manager a Arthur Hartman at a special a meeting of the Board on August 15. Meccia who has been on the staff of the amalgamated cloth ing workers since 1925 As a business agent will take Over his new \ duties this week Kroll said. Kroll who had just returned from Columbus Ohio also reported on the Pac picture in the i state and said that his recent i tour in Ohio has Given him a lot i of Confidence with regard to the participation of labor in local elections this Vear and the 1950 i Campaign. Record attendance the meetings everywhere were attended by Large groups despite the unusual hot weather and their enthusiasm and interest gave a Good indication of labors decision to become More and i More Active in politics. Kroll mentioned that there Are indications in the clothing and other industries that work will pick up again considerably in the fall but warned of Over optimism along those lines. He explained that the Pac activities in the state Are showing dividends and that All labor unions had been Active in backing the passage of the improved unemployment and insurance benefits recently passed by the state legislature. No breathing spell but he said a political action is a continuing process. There Are no breathing spells. There does not come a time when we can say the Job is done now we can suspend operations. We have undertaken a program of political action in the interests of All the people of our country. We who would Advance the common welfare have supported a president pledged to support these High Aims. There has been More than one occasion during the last seven months when we have had Good reason to be thankful for his he said. Quot our first and Foremost duty is to see that All of our friends and families Are registered for the City elections this year so that we can disprove the theory that labor does not participate in off year elections. Our own actions will do much to continue us on the Road of Progress and Prosperity this year and every year Quot he concluded. They misquote everybody Ohio Cio Council Secretary treasurer Jacob Dayman denied reports that the Ohio Cio was in favor of the so called Massachusetts Type ballot. Pointing to a political column in the Cincinnati enquirer of August 16, which claimed the Cio was on record favouring the ballot change Clayman said a these report false. Is Ohio Cio Council has publicly record this unwarranted change in Ohio a ballot. A we Are firm advocates of the party system of government. A we Are convinced that the present ballot Wimch allows a voter to choose Between party platforms and commitments or Between individual candidates As he prefers is sound and salutary. A Only politicians afraid of being called on to stand and be counted on their party a record Are advocating this change. Quot the political henchmen of senator Taft who conceived this bit of political trickery Hope it will confuse thousands of voters in 1950. Quot it seems apparent the senator is afraid of his party s record and is ready to juggle with the election machinery in the Hope of disenfranchising thousands of Ohio citizens used to the familiar ballot and a Choice Between Michigan Ford workers Back Law wage demands Ford motor co. Workers in 17 Michigan plants gave a resound i ing 7 to 1 vote in favor of a strike to enforce collective bargaining demands of the United Auto workers official returns showed. The huge pro strike ratio duplicated the 7 to 1 vote rung up j previously in a nationwide poll of Ford workers conducted by the i Law. The Michigan balloting j which lasted from aug. 8 to 10 and covered Over 80,000 workers was required under the Bonine Tripp Little Taft Hartley act. State labor mediation chief 1 Noel Fox said that with Only a a few thousand votes still to be for strike 7 to 1 j counted returns showed 60,585 approving a walkout and 8,710 opposed. Only company offer to Date has been a wage freeze proposal. The Union is seeking a package increase totalling Over 40c an hour and including a Cost of living pay raise a $100 monthly company-1 financed pension for employees at i age 60 with 25 years service and a company financed health in i Durance system. In a conciliatory statement issued after the big vote of Confidence Law pres. Walter p. Reuther said a the Law is prepared to continue negotiations in continued on Page 8 i / wage Bill at a glance Here a what the House passed Lucas wage hour Bill provides minimum wages increased from 40c an hour to 75c an hour. Overtime maintains present 40 hour week As Well As weakening features contained in 1947 Portal Portal Bill and the 1949 overtime Premium pay Bill. Exemptions a a fringe employees whose work is not a to production such As Plant guards executive administrative professional local retailing employees outside salesmen local laundry employees seamen fishermen and fish Cannery employees agricultural workers employees of newspaper with less than 5,000 circulation employees of Street railway or bus lines food processing workers employed within the a area of production phone operators on exchanges of less than 500 connections cab Drivers employees of Small Telegraph stations employees of sawmills employing less than 12 workers. Penalties employers who Quot wilfully violate the Law Are subject to up to six months jail and up to $10,000 Fine. Those who can prove they violated the Law a cannot be so penalized. The Vole of these United Auto workers Cio members employed at Ford plants in Michigan showed 7 to 1 in favor of a strike to enforce collective bargaining demands. Actual count was j 65,001 Lor 9,549 against. Ford motor co. Said the returns did not alter its refusal to negotiate. The 40c Law package demand includes wage increases pension plan and health insurance. Federated pictures

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