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The Sun (Newspaper) - February 18, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioExecutive Board recommends joining Cio communications workers to conduct referendum vote on Issue in March a decisive step to move the bulk of the nations organized Telephone workers into Cio was announced this week As the executive Board of the communications workers of America unaffiliated recommended Cio affiliation to the Cwa membership. The Union will hold a referendum vote among its 230,000 members in March to decide the matter. James Sigafoose president of division 46, Cwa which has 2700 members in Ohio and Kentucky said a was president and administrative officer of District 46, my viewpoint will be guided by the wishes of the membership and their determinations As expressed through their secret ballot on the affiliation referendum a a for the past several years the matter of affiliation has held an important position in discussions at All meetings of the communing amp Tiona workers and the National federation of Telephone workers. Preventatives to tuese meetings have voted num Erous times on this matter. It is High time the rank and file of Cwa Are permitted to voice their opinion , Sigafoose to incl either great federate a a a Saia. Guided by a Resolution at the last Cwa convention Union officials have met with both Al and Cio leaders to determine what status Cwa would have if body. The Union Aid he same thing threat hut declined to remain Unai ciliated for 1 conf Nim on Page 2> the Ini >1. A Kelly cute rec As Ancona class Mattei june 30, 1944 at the Potto Ficeti Cincinnati 2 a a a a Quot a 7 a a Wmma vol 10 no. 16 february 18, 1919 Story of housing is tale of two cities better housing leagues report says amp amp a in. To p�,f��n�?T49 Outlook Good danger May be ahead Cincinnati a famous Skyline immediately recognizable to peo Pel ail Over the world is a feature of which Cincinnat ians Are proud. It tells a Story of Cincinnati or part of the Story for the tale of Cincinnati is a a tale of two cities according to better housing leagues latest report. Basin is blight the Well known part of the Story is that of the spacious hotels modern business and Industrial districts and Beautiful Hilltop suburbs and As Cincinnat ians we re proud of the Story but the tale which must be told now is the Story of the conditions under which 27 per cent of the City a population lives in one sixteenth of the City a area a the this is the part of the City where we found a family of 10 people living in two a furnished the rent is $74 a month. The better housing league surveys shows that nearly 50 per cent of families living in a the basins Are housed in one or two room apartments. The tenements in this area Are 75 years old on the average very few have been modernized in this time. Figures prove this. Over 78 per cent of the dwelling units have no Bath or Shower. Over 40 per cent have outside toilets Central heating units Are almost non existent in the tenements in this area. Of the 49,000 dwelling units Over 50 per cent need essential repairs but general neglect and in the postwar period High Cost for repairs Are responsible for Lack of improvements. The acute housing shortage has made it impossible for the department of building to declare the dwellings unfit which has been done recently Only in extreme cases of unsafely. Noise smoke heavy traffic intermingling of Industry business and junk Yards add to the already contested conditions of the area which has Only one acre for every three to four thousand people in the Way of Parks and recreation centers. Children Are forced to play in the Street because there is no room for them in the Home and there Are few open spaces. Disease rampant the whole of a the basins is overrun with rats and disease carrying vermin which accounts in part for the fact that 50 per cent of disease for the whole City is found in this area. But this is Only one Factor in the bad social conditions of the area. Crime and juvenile delinquency Are three times higher in this area than in the rest of the City. A comparative report of hous continued on Page 31 27 per cent live Way the Type of dwelling shown above is the kind enterprising landlords have made into furnished apartments. One family of ten lives in such a building in a two room Quot furnished apartment Quot which they rent for $60 a month. Another family lives in two furnished rooms for which they pay $74 a month. In the state Ohio to Council supports i Etc legislation in state Cio representatives from All s Over the state were in Columbus j tuesday for the first hearing by the House of representatives Industry labor committee on fair employment practices legislation. Two House Bills he 106 and he 32, Are in the Hopper. The Bills Are similar in intent but differ in the details connected with the establishment of a fair employment practices commission in the state. Speaking for the Ohio Cio Council before a packed Audi hence Jacob Klayman Secretary treasurer said a a few legislation spells out the old fashion american principle that you can to kick people Klayman read from both the democratic and Republican state platforms the sections referring to fair employment and said a we in Cio expect you gentlemen to keep your promises regarding fair employment and not in the Way that one representative from Cincinnati who is no longer Here did the last time this legislation was quoting from Bureau of unemployment compensation statistics Klayman said a the Louliest jobs the dirtiest filthiest hottest rot Tenet jobs Are held by negroes in the state of Klayman also used buc figures to prove that negroes receive less pay than White workers and referring to a report made by the Ohio state University placement director showed that it is almost impossible to find jobs for negro College graduates since less than one per cent of the requests made for College graduates Are free from discrimination. Representing Cincinnati Cio at the hearing were Ray sow Der and Chester Morgan District 25 steelworkers staff representatives and William Beckham Auto workers International representative. Other Cincinnat ians at the hearing were Theodore Berry attorney who Analysed the Bills under consideration and Ben Siegel personnel director for King record co., of this City who explained How the company has demonstrated by establishing its own few that the Bill Good theory which also works in practice. A the King record co. Has shown that negroes and Whites can work Side by Side with Mutual respect and without Siegel said that up to the time the plan was introduced at his company there was a labor turnover of 50 per cent. Now it has been reduced to five per cent. Catholic protestant and jewish groups favored the legislation through representatives at the hearing and emphasized the moral implications of the proposed legislation. The Rev. Barnett a Brickner of Cleveland said education of in support of president Truman a program for stabilizing the country a Economy Leon key Selling vice chairman of Council of economic advisers said the Outlook today is Good and the country can accomplish a stable growth. But he pointed to six dangerous factors which can spell depression f 1 a a Cost of living still 74% Over a 1939, even though Small drops have been reported for weeks. At least one family in five possibly one in four makes to Little a live in health and decency. While High incomes got higher one fourth of those with $2,000 a year or less got income cuts in 1947 and another 45% barely kept 9 a Industrial prices have gone up 45% while farm prices Rose Only 22%. Farm incomes in 1948 were $909 a person while non Farni incomes Werc $1,569 a person. A it Sharp Price increases in vital j products such As fuel Metal products House furnishings and lighting materials. A consumer buying Power is Down to 70 percent of production compared to 75% ten years ago and 76% 20 years ago. If this goes on a surplus will pile up. Corporate profits Are going higher while earnings of Small business Are dropping. 6 some Basic industries Are not increasing their capacity to meet the country a needs As Keyserling testified official reports showed wage and salary payments fell off in december although total National income went up to a new High rate of 220 billion dollars a year the 197 class 1 railroads took in a net income of 711 million dollars in 1948, compared with 498 million in 1947 unemployment went up 700,000 during january 1949 and business Loans fell off for the third straight week. The people to forget their prejudices is not the answer. A we have had education for years but unless education is implemented with legislation it is useless a he said. A legislation in itself is the committee meeting tuesday heard Only proponents of the legislation. Another meeting wednesday heard opponents but prospects Are that the House will pass a Bill favouring the establishment of a fair employment practices commission

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