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The Sun (Newspaper) - March 4, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioTruman promises continued fight for to repeal president Truman pledged his a i am particularly gratified by administration and the democratic party will continue the fight for repeal of the Taft Hartley anti labor Law until it is repealed. Speaking last week at the Jackson Jefferson dinner in Washington the chief executive said Quot we Are working for the repeal of the Taft Hartley act and with the support of fair minded americans regardless of party we shall continue to work for its repeal until it is replaced on uutrst3nule books with a labor Law that is fair and Cio pres. Philip Murray st it a note to pres. Truman congratulating him upon a the forthright my h Art ening fair of socialism is taking Over in Washington. This one sided barrage of propaganda seems overwhelming at first. There Are no full Page ads on our Side. In fact All we have on our Side is the people. But that is enough because the people Are aroused j i did a lot of travelling around the country last fall and i found that the people were vitally interested in what their government was doing. Make no mistake about it there has never been a time when the people were so Well informed about. I Congress and the president and they control. They twist and the records of their rep Regenta. Represent the measures the peo a ves and senator3 As they Are pie voted for. They Are again a a a m a a a. Now. Trying to the timely and unequivocal words you devote to the fight for repeal of the the Law a Murray said. Important excerpts of the Truman speech which is of great interest to All Union members follows s says people Are aroused the special interests Are on the Job year in and year out seven Days a week and Twenty four hours a Day. They work through i Fher lobbies and or through the editorial pages and the holism lists and onime stators t is e so 1110 a n entered As second class matter Ime 30. 1044 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2 Ohio unde the act of Maret j >679 Senate amends unemployment Bill Columbus Ohio Senate Commerce and labor committee Feas voted to Amend s.b.-142. On unemployment compe fixation to meet needs pointed out by Cio and other labor organizations. Senator Howard Metzenbaum moved the following amendments which were adopted by the committee with Republican members voting a a not 1. Add a $2.50 dependency allowance for each child with a limit of two children to the benefits an unemployed worker receives. This is in addition to a proposed hike of Benefit rates from $21 to $25 a week. 2. Grant great lakes seamen the same benefits to which other workers Are entitled. The Law As now written and the proposed Bill had previously denied these benefits. 3. Alter the language in discharge and voluntary quit cases to make a worker eligible if his employment is terminated for Good personal reasons. Presently the Law and the Bill originally introduced required the reasons to be a in connection with his the amendment strikes this phrase from the Law. 4. Reduce the qualifying work period from 20 to 14 weeks and the qualifying amount from $320 to $240, thus easing eligibility requirements for unemployed workers. Employer representatives sought unsuccessfully to obtain another rate reduction. George Hammond spokesman for the Ohio retail merchants association. Claimed the buc fund a was ample to stand another rate two years ago employers received a $25 million rebate using this same argument. When Metzenbaum asked if the fund was ample to stand a rate decrease was t it also ample to stand. Increased benefits to workers Hammond ducked and hedged. 104-9 against fair employment Law under cover action to Stop state Fei a when capt. O. Stack Barrett resigned As president of the co uni i of churches of greater Cincinnati on february 15th news reports in the local papers mentioned that the captains views were not in full agreement with the councils stand on the pending Fec Bill in Columbus. They did not mention a letter of the Captain used in actively promoting a state wide pressure Campaign based on personal persuasion and contacts via the Ohio chamber of Commerce to defeat Fec. The Cincinnati Council As Well As the Federal Council of churches of Christ in America has strongly supported Fec legislation. But not the Captain. Said the Federal Council a discrimination in employment be j cause of race Creed or National j origin is one of the great moral issues before our nation to Day. J the right of a worker to be pm played and paid solely on the basis of his character and ability a is so Clear and just and Christian that it should be protected by disagreement with this Drew the response from the Cape in that he thought governments state and National Are overloaded with responsibility and he Felt saturday evening Post features Jack Kroll Fec action delayed again j Ccolumbus Ohio House speaker John Cantwell told newsmen that Fec definitely would not come up for action this week. Copies of the Bill have been exhausted and Cantwell says House action will be delayed until More copies Are printed. He now predicts action next week. Des Moines la. Up a by a r t i s a a pro labor legislators have introduced a fair employment practices act in the Iowa Assembly. Sponsored by a Republican and a Democrat the Bill would prohibit discrimination in employing any individual because of his face Creed color National origin or ancestry. The saturday evening Post in its Issue of March 5th, carries a Long feature article about National Cio Pac director Jack Kroll. The article titled a the Cion a political Hotshot by Hugh Morrow tells of or. Krolls accuracy in predicting last november s presidential election and gives him credit for running the most effective vote gathering organization in the . It Points out that Jack Kroll has always been More interested in working on a sound local level than making National headlines. Besides intensive campaigns of Pac in 1949 in 535 City and state elections Kroll is also preparing against any Republican counteroffensive in the congressional elections of 1950, the article states. Sen. Robert a. Taft of Ohio like Kroll a Cinci Natian will be no. 1 Clay Pigeon of that Campaign if he seeks reelection it says. It also describes Krolls he the arguments advanced in a personal contacts Aie of a different nature. Businessmen a associations and leading businessmen in other parts of the . Have come out in favor of Fec. Eric Johnson former president . Chamber of Commerce saying a intolerance is poor Economy. Prejudice does no to pay. Discrimination is the text of the letter in full is As follows dear or. Atkinson since receipt of your two telegrams this morning i have talked with representatives Renner and Farley the latter a member of the committee hearing the Fec Bills. Both Are against the legislation. Farley invited me to appear against the Bills but when i told him my schedule absolutely prevented he said that a letter to him would do As Well. The enclosed copy is for your use. As matters now stand it does not seem possible for me to get to Columbus for the meeting on the 18th. Meanwhile i suggest that you get our members and directors and officers personally to Contact their own representatives. In addition i suggest you get them to persuade three other citizens to Contact their representatives and let each three ask three additional citizens to carry the Chain on. That a it a Chain of three making Contact with representatives and passing the responsibility on to three other citizens for each. I know the value of personal Able personality and Long Union ,. Of background so Well known and a Suas on and count hearings As appreciated in local Union circles. Jame a in a a ure o win Dow dressing. It is the personal Contact that gets votes and votes Are what Are counted. Now is the time to get our members to do some effective personal work. Best wishes very truly yours signed Slack Barrett president. Such work should Start in the Community. His actions As shown in a photo Static letter prove that the Captain is actively against the legislation which other spokesmen also voicing disapproval in Columbus called a their inalienable right to hate any negro jew or Catholic a this photo Static copy of a letter written by the Captain on february 12th to or. H. C. Atkinson executive vice president of the Ohio chamber of Commerce asks for a system of Chain contacts to be introduced throughout the state via the chamber of Commerce so that pressure can be put on the legislators in Columbia to defeat the Fec Bill. The Captain also replied in this letter to a request to state his Case openly in Public hearings that he a counts hearings As somewhat in the nature of he talks about a the value of personal persuasion and personal and close in saying a now is the time to get our members to do some effective the letter was promptly printed by the Ohio chamber of Commerce and widely distributed throughout the state. Reasons advanced in Public for All this activity Are tame and general. But 10 director named new member Ohio wage Board Robert j. Davidson Cio director in the Ohio Valley Region was appointed last week to the wage Board of the Ohio department of Industrial relations by Albert a. Woldman director of the department. Davidson is one of three members representing labor on the special Board which has been reactivated for a Complete study of the hotel and restaurant Industry. In relation to the employment of women and minors. The nine person Board is composed of three representatives of labor three representatives of employers and three representatives of the Public. Representing labor Are mrs. Viola Jacobs Toledo mrs. Fay rothring Cincinnati and Davidson. Employers representatives Are Russell b. Saggy Columbus Robert Joyce Cleveland and Louis Nickus Columbus. Representatives of the Public Are Sidney Kusworm Dayton professor Robert e. Matthews Ohio state University College of Law and mrs. Alva Peterson Columbus. Current minimums for hotel and restaurant employees in Ohio were established in March of 1937. They Range now from 13% to 15 cents per hour for service workers waitresses Etc. And 16%. To 21 cents per hour for non service workers who do not serve the Public directly. An Early meeting of the Board which will make recommendations for improvements in the Laws governing these employees following the study is expected Davidson said. A Only two people thought har the piddling general motors Price reductions of $10 on Chev roles and $40 on some Cadillac j Are another instance of too Little too late. If general motors had show the same modesty in increasing prices As they now show in Price reductions the american people would not still be paying Cadillac prices to buy a Chevrolet. These Price reductions May be soothing Public relations Balm for general motors but they do by would make it a ays Jack not represent significant savings Fairoll. A Harry and me i to car buyers. Murray hails list letter from pres. Murray to pres Truman my dear or. President your Jefferson Jackson Day address of last night is a forthright and heartwarming reaffirmation of the splendid platform which carried you and the american people to Victory last fall. I am particularly gratified by the timely and unequivocal words you devoted to the fight for repeal of the Taft Hartley Law. You have expressed the feelings of the american people when you state that special interests Are plotting to deprive the people of what they voted for on november 2. I repeat what i have told you before the millions of members of the Congress of Industrial organizations stand solidly behind you in your crusade for a the welfare and the advancement of the people of this

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