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The Sun (Newspaper) - December 30, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublished by the greater Cincinnati Industrial Union Council the vol. 12 no. 7 9 us \ 1 _ -0 oos t. V. 30 a a Sun a Liberal Cio weekly owned by its Reader Citari Tinati. Of in entered As second class matter june to 1944 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2. Ohio under act of March 3, 1879 december so 1949unions the answer to Low second Detroit bomb plot income problem. Cio says reported As Fri moves in Washington la a the Cio told the congressional Low income committee that the Way to help the 10,000,000 families with incomes under $2000 a year is through a greater National income More equitably it outlined a Broad program for reaching that objective including 1. Repeal of the Taft Hartley Law to enable a and protect wage standards. Collective bargaining it said has boosted productivity and raised the economic status of millions of families. Few of the wage earners Quot below $2000&Quot Are Trade Union members. 2. Enactment of a minimum wage of an hour and stronger state minimum wage Laws. The new minimum wage of 75 cents an hour does not reflect the increased productivity since enactment of the wage hour Law. State Laws on the subject Are shocking. The 1915 Law in Arkansas still prevails for instance. It provides 13.b cents and hour for experienced women or $276 a year and for inexperienced help 11.1 cents an hour. 3. Maintenance of full employment. Otherwise decent wage rates mean nothing a a we cannot attack the problem of Low income families without attacking the very problem of economic instability. In addition the Cio asked for health and housing legislation Federal Aid to education fair Ern Hyman Bookbinder economist for the amalgamated clothing workers Union told the congressional Low income committee that the new Price increases put into effect by the big steel companies threatened to Quot wipe out Quot by inflationary Price increases the Quot gains made by the their unions. Bookbinder denounced the steel Industry As Quot one of the least responsible elements of our ploy ment Pra c t i Ces legislation higher income tax exemptions for Low income families expanded social Security and the Brannon farm program. Testifying for the Cio human h. Bookbinder economist for the amalgamated clothing workers emphasized the importance of unions and collective bargaining in raising the standards of Low income families. A productivity has risen in american Industry and it has risen primarily in the last 20 years because employees through their organized strength have insisted that Industry must be efficient enough to pay decent wages and still remain competitive a he said. Quot As we obtained improvements in wages moreover we provided the basis for a healthier Economy by keeping purchasing Power High enough to sustain demands for the products of american Industry Quot raises standards collective bar g a i n ing Bookbinder added has not Only helped Union members but has raised the standards for millions a of the it Dep. A a the he cited the Gams of the amalgamated clothing work Jers As an example. He said its i efforts had lifted a half a million men and women right out of the sweatshops and had provided a them with Security and dignity j by raising wages from As Low As $5 for 60 or 70 hours up to $1.50 an hour he said it was a no coincidence i that wages in the Cotton garment Industry which was not so Well a organize a were much lower. Looking at the Economy As a whole Bookbinder said unions had put factory workers ahead of retail workers. In 1932, he said the average Industrial worker earned Only $17.50 a week while the average retail worker got a $20.71. Today the Industrial worker gets $54.14 a week while the retail worker gets Only $39.83. A once again a Bookbinder added a it is no coincidence that no More than about five per cent of All retail workers Are organized in unions whereas the bulk of All factory workers Are there s a Large scale Campaign immediately preceding discovery of terror in Progress against Union reflect credit on neither the de leaders in the Detroit area. In troit police nor the Detroit times addition to the acts of violence a Dail it paper. Here seems to be and the threats against officials of the United Auto workers Cio officials of other unions Cio and Al alike Are being victimized. On dec. 22, just As the Federal Bureau of investigation was be what happened on the afternoon of dec. 20, a times reporter received an Anonymous tip about the bomb. Before calling the police he himself tried to find the bomb apparently in anti Cipa Gimang to investigate the latest Tion of a scoop without worrying bomb plot Law it about what h a j1 7 a a building or the for Peot Wuo were in it. Not until 7 . Did amp bus operators Al had received an Anonymous letter 10 Days earlier threatening to bomb the Union s division 20. Previous attacks close Coll pm puts obstacles in Way of Union Security vote the general motors corporation has refused to permit the United states government Access to its plants to conduct the Union Security election required by the Taft Hartley act it was revealed last week by t. A. Johnstone director of the Law Cio general motors department. Johnstone issued the following statement after a conference with officials of the general motors corporation and of the regional National labor relations Board a despite the urgent request of the National labor relations Board the general motors corporation is denying the United states government the right to hold a Union Security election on company property. Quot this election is required by the infamous anti labor Taft Hartley act which general motors helped Railroad through the 80th Congress yet apparently general motors has no Faith in its own favorite Law since the corporation seeks to interfere with its operation by placing every possible obstacle in the Way of turning out a Large and representative vote majority a motives of the corporation in this contemptuous Defiance of the government Are obvious. The Taft Hartley act requires that a majority of All workers eligible to vote not just a majority of those voting cast their votes in favor of a Union shop before the Union can negotiate with the company on the question of a Union shop. Thus every vote not cast is a vote against the Union shop regardless of the wishes of the workers who for one reason or another Are unable to vote. A the election is scheduled to be held sometime in the Middle of february. General motors is gambling on bad weather. The corporation is saying in effect to its employees if you want to vote for Union Security you must do so at the risk of exposure to cold Snow or sleet and the impairment of your health. A the arrogant attitude of the corporation in this instance clearly proves despite All the propaganda attendant upon passage of the Taft Hartley act that general motors is afraid or a Clear representative democratic expression of the will of the men and women in its plants. A the corporation cannot and does not claim that holding the election on company property would interfere with production. Every Norb election to determine collective bargaining representation Ever held among any group of pm workers has been held in the plants with the consent of the company and the company has stated publicly that those elections were conducted without any interference with production. The cold Bare facts in this Case Are simply that the corporation Hopes to win As Many a a not votes by default As is possible can it knows that that is its Only possible Hope of thwarting the will of the majority. Union regrets a the Union regrets this undemocratic in american attitude on the part of the general motors corporation. Nevertheless we serve notice on its officers that this kind of trick will not achieve their purposes. The Law Cio is prepared to do everything within its Power to insure a representative democratic vote despite any obstacles put in the Way by the corporation such a vote will mean an overwhelming vote in favor of a Union he phone the cops who also failed to find it although it was wrapped in Christmas paper with a Blue ribbon. The bomb consisting of 39 Sticks of dynamite would have the bomb that was discovered j gone off if a Detonator had not outside a basement door of Law been faulty and if a fuse had t Headquarters Here the evening burned out. Of dec. 20 immediately brought the Anonymous tipster told the to mind the shooting of Law times reporter that the bomb president Walter re Uther on would be exploded when the a big april 20, 1948, and of his brother. Guy was Bere presumable the Law education director Victor Guy a was Wauer Reuther it Reuther. On May 24, 1949. Walter who was out of town Reuther has not yet regained j Complete use of his Arm. Victor j Reuther lost an Eye. The bomb also brought to mind i attacks or threats to a number a of other Law officials and two teamster officials. Police never 1 turned up any evidence although one Man s trial for the shooting 1 of Walter Reuther is pending. However while this Man was in jail Victor Reuther was injured in circumstances almost identical with those in which his brother was wounded by a Shotgun blast through a window in his Home. The Fri has moved into Detroit i with the utmost reluctance. Fri chief j. Edgar Hoover ducked All requests that he investigate the Reuther shootings including one from the . Senate. After discovery of the bomb on dec. 20 the Fri told reporters it was a local Detroit affair. A few hours later. Att y Gene a. J. Howard Mcgrath ordered the Fri to get Busy and they did. Meanwhile the Law has offered close to Quarter of a million dollars in rewards for information leading to discovery of the per Patratos of the attempted bombing the attacks on the Reuthers. And other acts of violence. There e r01 a x �1 n a a is a $100,000 Reward in each of j Dyn Ainita Slicks i the Reuther cases. Ould a a the Una off aug work ers Headquarters. Wrapped to re hot time semble a Christmas gift j the bomb at Law head quart dynamite failed to explode be Jers was found by a couple of cause of a faulty detonation Cap. I Law maintenance men. Events Federated pictures Cio radio commentator on 150 stations but not Wasai Robert r. Nathan one of the country a leading economists goes on the air january 3 As a weekly Cio radio commentator. He will be heard for eight weeks each tuesday night at 10 45 . Eastern Standard time on the american broadcasting network. Nathan will be heard Over close to 150 stations throughout the country. As of to Date a said the local Abc outlet is one of the few stations which is not carrying the program. The greater Cincinnati Industrial Union Council will Contact the program manager of Wasai in order to see if this important Public service program can be carried on the station. You might be Able to tune in on one of the Many Abc out of town stations especially the Chicago station which can be heard in the Cincinnati area. If you tune in on an Abc station Early and hear Nam propaganda just be patients for the Cio show comes on the air right after the big business group j Bob Nathan is considered one of the nations outstanding eco a nomic thinkers but he has great Talent for putting Over Liberal i ideas with simple words. In fact i he has often been called the a Layman a j not yet 40 years old Nathan held High government office during the War with the War production boards where he directed the economic planning Section and with the Post War office of j War mobilization and recover i Sion which he served As Deputy director. 1 co Gnu Etc m pig 11

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