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The Sun (Newspaper) - July 8, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublish eel by the greater Cine Iii Nati Industrial i upon t Otin Eik the 7 to a 5 �l0 a a w 0 Sun a a Liberal Cio weekly owned by ils readers a to Quot v a t 1 n 0 vol. 11 no. 9 i lie i Tumi i i i in entered is second class matter Lune 30. 1944 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2, Ohio under act of March 3, 1879 july 8. Phi a is to All Cio members a letter from president Philip Murray the Congress of the United states despite the Clear vote of the people last november has refused to repeal the odious and malignant Taft Hartley Law. This measure which has been proved time and again to have been conceived in malice and dedicated to the Complete destruction of our free Trade unions still remains a cancerous growth on our body pc tic. The Victory which was forged last november by the Pic in people of our Wafiq Jyi been snatched from a quote read onary bipartisan coalition in this is the san f cynical and Hor sigh. Men who supported the filibuster against Long overdue civil rights legislation and who thwart and obstruct the passage of president Truman s fair Deal program. To those members of Congress who voted for Taft Hartley repeal and who consistently support decent legislation we give out thanks and our Praise. For those who arrogantly disregard the people s will we express our scorn contempt and unalterable opposition. In the present situation there can be Only one answer the full exercise by the people of their democratic rights at the polls in november 1950. Therefore i Issue this Call for political action now. I Call upon each member of the Cio to Register now so that he can be a qualified voter. I Call upon each member of the Cio to contribute his Dollar now to our political action committees. I Call upon each member of the Cio now to intensify his support of our political action program. Apparently the people s Victory in 1948 was not decisive enough. We can and we will win in november. 1950 by that overwhelming majority that will remove the obstructionists and will insure the a crypt the enact ment of the people s program. Fraternally yours. Philip Murray president Cio inside City Hall non parly commission to study Cincy Utility Rales by to 11 in Everett Cincinnati is going to get an unprejudiced analysis of its utilities problem despite an Effort by Republican Councilinan to push through a six Vear increase in rates for the Cincinnati Gas amp electric co. My Resolution calling for mayor Cash to appoint a commission of prominent citizens to study the question and clarify the facts was adopted last week. Voting for the Resolution were the five charter members Cash Procter Taft Haidvogel and Everett and against it the four organization republicans Rich Scherer Mol Loy and locker Scherer and Rich pressed for the City to accept an increase in Gas rates for 1948-50, As Well As for 1944-46. Only the 1944-46 period had been ruled on by the Public utilities commission and the Ohio supreme court. The assistant City solicitor pointed out that the facts which would govern the 1948-50 period have not even been determined. The it it organization , desperate for a Campaign Issue Are trying to make capital of two things first they seek to interpret my Resolution As being one to promote municipal ownership so that they can join on the City level the clamor that the a fair deals on the National level is a socialistic venture second that the study i proposed is a waste of the taxpayers Money. In View of their haste to Grant huge profits to the Cincinnati Gas amp electric co., their tears Over the Cost of a study hardly Are Worth paying attention to. The sum which can be saved Cincinnat ians once determination is aroused on the question of fair Utility rates will be tremendous i am convinced and the Cost of a study peanuts. An actual Public awareness of what is involved in this situation apparently is what neither the Gas company nor the Republican organization wants. When the members of the commission for a study of the question have been named i think it will be evident to Cincinnat ians that this is no move to bring in a a stacked a report for any conclusion. There will be sound representation from both business and labor. What we Are interested in is a Means to get fair Utility rates which will enable us to attract industries jobs and payrolls to Cincinnati rather than Utility rates which will give other cities a competitive advantage. If the Cincinnati Gas amp electric co. Is giving rates of that kind neither it nor the gop politicos who speak for it need fear a study. If it is not it is High time All Cio opposes Cut in Eca funds cites Aid to workers ase shows Ohio needs civil rights the ease of a 16-year-old Cincinnati girl refused because she was a negro a Washington t rip she had won aroused two Denio Era tic representatives to introduce a. Motion in the House last week. D avid pos t Lew a it e Fra 11 k i i n and Morton Neipp Lucas it asked the House to go on record As voicing its disapproval of the situation that led the Ohio Amer ican legion auxiliary to refuse to take Joan Rankin to Washington. The legion auxiliary said it wanted to a save her the embarrassment posed by certain social i Sci in i n a 11 on i n w a s h i n g t o n. There was irony in the spectacle of the House being asked to Battle in the name of tolerance for this legislature is the one that said a a not to Fec for Ohio. The irony came in asking a pro a test against discrimination in Washington from a legislature that refused to anything about discrimination in its Owr. State. Cio president Philip Murray in a letter to chairman Kenneth Mckellar of the Senate appropriations committee urged last week the committee to approve the full amount requested by administrator Paul Hoffman for next years fiscal budget of the econ Omic c Ooper at Ion a m i n i the Standard of living of european workers at the present time will strengthen that cause of free Trade unionism and democracy in Europe a or. Murray declared a the stakes Are too High to run the risk of endangering european recovery so As to save a billion dollars in 1950.�?� or. Murray said that with the Advent of the Marshall plan a a definite turning Point was reached in the influence of communists in both governmental and Trade Union organization., throughout Western Europe. A wherever economic misery thrived in Europe there com nun ism increased its strength a in the Post War years. Or. Murray reminded senator Mckellar. It after Eca went into operation however a the Western european countries began to meet pre War production schedules a and a non communist labor forces found it possible to support a constructive economic program Independent of the communists who opposed the existing a in Scandinavia the Benelux nations and England communism although never a Challenge to the Over All labor movement received a severe setback this year in those areas where it had gained a or. Murray said. A in the crucial countries of France and Italy the communists for the first time since the end of the War have been seriously challenged by new non communist labor federations. Much credit can be Given to the Marshall plan for providing enough economic revival to make this Independent trend in the labor movement the Cio president said that much remains a to be done to a try dem it it of a key movements in France and Italy a Are still precariously weak a he said a and their Success is dependent on the extent to which they can improve the economic conditions within their own a any sizeable Cut at this time in Eca appropriations or. Murray wrote to senator Mckellar would i inflict hardships upon Western Europe a program for recovery and might mean the difference Between a increasing political stability and throwing the balance of Power to the communists a in some countries. Or. Murray recalling that the Cio has been among the most Active supporters of the european recovery program described the Aid program As a a constructive approach to world peace and to world Prosperity ,. Those who recommend a Cross the Board Cut in dec a s appropriations so either from a misunderstanding of the program or because they Are not interested in reviving Europe. A we in the Cio Are interested in seeing Europe recover As quickly As possible. Spending enough Money to the Job effectively in the next three years we consider to be a far Wiser policy than to Pinch pennies now Only to be saddled with a pendent Europe for years to in the state Ohio to get Public housing Senate Voles Down lobbyists the political smoke be cleared away and the facts Given Cincinnati a is from a group of citizens whose motives cannot be questioned. A Newspaperman in Columbus a be t Era n on 1 e Gisi a t i be a f f a irs fold me last week a it was not until you Fellows organized Community support that we were Able to get an Urban i redevelopment Bill through if i you can get the business men and j other citizens to see How badly we need a Bill to properly regu. Late utilities that will go through after six years of bitter fighting Ohio is going to have Public housing. That was assured last week when the state Senate voted. 28 to 2, to pass companion Bills setting aside Ohio supreme court decisions barring Public housing projects in this state. Since governor la use he has repeatedly urged such legislation. Even threatening to vet o slum clearance legislation unless Public housing was authorized it was a foregone conclusion that he would sign the Bills promptly. Real estate lobbyists Defeated vote on am. H.b.-179 and h.el-273 came after attempts to play political football with the Bills failed in the Senate rules committee. Real estate lobbyists who reigned supreme in the Legisla to to the n t h e re p u b 1 in an s Heid top heavy majorities sat helplessly by As the democratic led Senate pushed the Bills through. Chief opposition came from the Republican Side of the Chain be r w i h sen air i Feig Uson Cambridge getting off his customary emotional speech against any kind of Liberal legislation. To the senator from Cambridge author of the anti labor Ferguson Law and m consistent big business mouthpiece on the Senate floor it was a a fool foil 1&Quot. Labelling it a a fraud and a disgrace to sound thinking Ferguson mouthed his usual anti labor insults. A it will Only Benefit shirker who prefer to spend their Money in saloons Quot he shouted. Accustomed to Ferguson tirades. The Senate sat silently and with a minimum of debate killed his attempt to recommit the Bill and then voted for the two Meas a ures. Senator William Boyd d., Cuya hog Holder of a Complete anti labor voting record this term Felt called upon to explain 1 his vote. To will vote for the Bill because i wont be alone in standing against socialism a said the Man who is trying to kill rent control in Ohio at the request of the real estate lobbyists whom he has called a my neighbors. Ferguson was Only Able to get one other a a not vote that of c. J Stanley Mechem <r., Athen continued on Page 5

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