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The Sun (Newspaper) - February 4, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioThesna lib 11 29 us 0 Tow j i v a a Milf of june 30 Cincinnati 2. Cd 3. 1879 keep Eye on legislators Methard urges All in Cio not a to no. 14 Feli r 11 a re 4/1949 stressing the importance of keeping tabs on National state and local legislative bodies Jack Methard Hamilton county political action committee director urged delegates to the Cincinnati Industrial Union Council meeting last wednesday to speak up in favouring legislation they desired to see enacted. Methard Calleo on All Cio people to keep informed now especially when vital issues Are being acted on in Congress state legislature and City Council. He called for the appointment of a committee of the Cio Council which would meet with con Gressmen and state representatives often to discuss with them the Cio program for the state and the nation. Backs Ward setup a read the Sun the Pac pipeline and the Ohio Cio councils legislative review tothe state and the nation last minute pleas bring better Bill Washington a labor Law s i and Laws of interest to labor were the chief concern of Congress this week. Chief among these naturally was repeal of the Taft j Hartley act. Much legislation was a still in preliminary stages but items of primary interest included Taft Hartley the administration was keeping its Promise to put repeal of the at the top of its Agenda. The Senate labor committee despite Republican objections decided to hold Day and night sessions so As to wind up hearings by feb. 10. However the administration procedure was not All that labor had asked. Cio wanted a a Hwo Parka get system first repeal the and restore the Wagner act so that the injustices of the would not have to be endured any longer than necessary. Any needed changes in. The Wagner act could have been made later. Tuft licked he says Sio huh but the president decided instead on a a one package Deal. So labor will have to suffer just a Little longer under tafts atrocity until the changes in the Wagner act have been argued. Highlights of the administrations proposal one fact finding and a 30-Day a Cooling off period in so called National emergency strikes. But no injunction. Two some limitations on secondary Boycotts and jurisdictional strikes would remain. Three no limitations on closed or Union shops in interstate industries state bans on closed shops made ineffective. Four keep Quot present Norb but end dictatorial Powers of its general counsel. Five put . Conciliation service Back in Labur department broaden its scope. Six end non communist affix Dav its seven end ban on Union Polt continued on Page 3 sen. Robert a. Taft left had to stick his nose into the camera when Secretary of labor Tobin Center congratulated chairman Elbert Thomas of the Senate labor committee after the democratic majority agreed on a a a compromised measure for repeal of the Taft Hartley act. Taft claims the administration Bill is actually an amended Tift Hartley act. Federated pictures a the City Council votes to Aid Low rental projects housing and prices were the chief items of interest in Cincinnati last week. Highlights included housing City Council accepted the proposal of councilman Roll in Everett that $500,000 be provided for sewers sidewalks and streets for. Low rental housing developments. The idea is to encourage rentals below $50 a month by taking some of Burden of Normal assessments off the builder. Rentals the City a rent Survey had covered. A wide enough area by last week to indicate that some 40 per cent of All landlords Are violating the Law. About a third of the violations were overcharges the rest failure to Register with the rent Board. Many of the latter of course were through ignorance. But it was Felt that violations were so widespread that the City take some action to enforce rent ceilings apart from Federal Law. There was even talk of extending the rent Survey to cover the entire City. Or Everett was hopeful the present Survey which is the Only one yet undertaken by a City would be far enough along to convince Congress of the need for Strong rent Laws. Street Ca s it looks As if the muddled Streetcar situation is settled for a year at least. The company announced it has arranged to borrow $2 million from local Bankers. The loan will be used to Purchase trolley and motor buses continued on Page 5>many labor issues face Assembly Columbus the legislature has finally come to grips with the Mountain of work that has been piling up in the hoppers. Some High Lites of the session. Committees precedent set by Republican Legislatures of naming anti labor i men to head labor committees was abandoned. Heading the House labor committee is Witmer d., Cantoni a member of the typographical Union while senator or Val acre d., Stark Heads the Senate labor committee. Whit j acre is a Veteran member of the i Barbers Union the governor j governor Lau seher a first fori Mal message to the legislature Side stepped some vital issues plunged head on into others and consistently reiterated the theme a a it a going to be a Tough year to be briefly the governor covered these items of Paramount interest to labor calling for increased unemployment compensation Lausche suggested a jump from $21 to $25 in maximums proportionate increase in All lower Benefit Levels increasing maximum Benefit per Iod from 22 to 26 weeks cutting two weeks waiting period to one j and writing definition of a suitable work into the Law. On workmen a compensation Lausche called for upping Benefit maximums from $25 to $29, reasonable increases to dependents of workers killed in Plant accidents and a better silicosis i Law. He also sounded the signal for j a serious consideration a to disa ability or sickness insurance. He slowed head on into the 1 Fec Battle calling for a Law providing a state commission with adequate Powers of education conciliation and effective enforcement. 1 keep informed on the action be a ing taken by the men we elected a Methard said. He also urged the support of Cio members throughout the county for the new Pac project of organizing on a Ward basis. A you must become a. Part of Pac or Pac just will not function. We need the cooperation of every Cio member if we Are i to continue w Ith Victory at the cites Dollar drive Methard also called attention to the Pac Dollar drive which will open officially feb. 15, and Manan ii in Ine drive. Roll in Everett City Council o a a Cincinnati newspaper Guild described. Gains made by the charter majority in City Council. He said they Are just beginning to Bear fruit. Parks May be improved he stressed actions taken on the Street railway situation and on housing. But he also called attention to the recreation committees study on playgrounds which is expected to result in the rebuilding of Many Public Parks this Spring. All of these Are the results of Everett a work As Cio endorsed City councilman. John Taylor chairman of the Cincinnati and Hamilton. County red Cross sought the assistance of Cio in the forthcoming red Cross drive. Taylor Laid special emphasis on the Home service division of red Cross to which almost half of the funds Are allocated. Goal it $600,000 the goal in Cincinnati this year is $600,000, of which $380,-000 will remain Here with the rest Beisig forwarded to the National Headquarters. Council voted to Purchase 50 tickets for the shrines circus and. To turn them Over to local. 28, american Union of Telephone workers. The tickets will be used for children at the Madison vile children a Home whom a group of the members have adopted. John a. Luke executive Secretary of the adult education Council urged the attendance of Cio members at a workshop being sponsored by this group on a discussion 66,�?� a Means of having full participation on every Issue of All members at a. Meeting. The workshop will be held feb. 17 at the Owca auditorium. One session will be held at 2 30 p.m., the other at 7 30 in the evening. Store gives benefits after Union drive employees of one Large department store this week received the first benefits of the amalgamated clothing workers new drive to organize retail clerks in Cincinnati. Shilliton a announced a company paid hospitalization and surgical Benefit plan. Although the move seemed intended at least partly to Block organizing of the store act officials Here were far from disheartened. On the contrary they were rejoicing with Shilliton sem ploys Over the new Security they had. Won. Arthur Hartmann associate manager of the Cincinnati joint Board of act and chairman of the department store Organ zing committee Here put it this Way a first it shows How Strong we Are. It was no coincidence that the plan was not announced until after our drive got moving. A secondly a similar medical insurance program is included in contracts negotiated by other act locals in Cincinnati and will of course be one of our Long Range goals among All department store workers Here. But or. Hartmann pointed out that employees of All Cincinnati department stores including Shii Litows have a Long Way to go before their working conditions Are comparable to other industries. A those Are the things we intend to get for them a he said. A better wages better working conditions and real Security Oleo Rural and Urban legislators Are lined up on opposite sides of the coloured Oleo Bill. This time the Bill is before the legislature As the result of initiative petition. After a minor skirmish the 1 House referred it to the Industry and labor committee not the agriculture committee. Ironically Oleo a principal Champion is Schorr former Republican Boss in Ohio. Schorry a concern Isnit the housewife. His concern is the fat fee he a slated j to get if the Bill passes. Fall below simulant Tokyo up a the japanese labor ministry announced Jan. 18 that 82% of factories and workshops inspected during october 1948 did not conform to the labor standards Law. A total of 27,236 places of employment with 925,998 workers were inspected during the month. No less than 61,758 violations of the labor Law were exposed. Other figures revealed that 640,460 japanese workers struck in november 1948 alone. And Hopes increased compensation for injured workers is called for in a Bill by rep. Francis Sul Tou Tiwi i Page Ife makes National news the Cio news this week reprinted the editorial Quot Ohio Cio defines spirit Quot which appeared in the Jan. 21 Issue of the Sun. The editorial was written by Mary Lou Sauer

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