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The Sun (Newspaper) - March 25, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioMurray says people have no use for Taft Hartley the Congress of Industrial organizations called this week upon the House labor committee whose members Quot Are fresh from the people to remember that Quot you know that the vast majority of people of Good will in this land have no use for the Taft Hartley Law and have come to recognize its dangerous effects the Cion a statement came in the form of a letter from Cio president Philip Murray who is recuperating from an operation. The letter was submitted to the House Lau Fco Tion and labor sub committee considering the Thom As Lesinski Bill or 2032which would repeal the Taft Hartley Law and re enact the Wagner act with certain revisions. Before the sur Ommittee As did Dave a j. Mcdonald Secretary treasurer of the Cio United steelworkers of America. Or. Murray is also president of the steelworkers. Or. Murray wrote a the Taft Hartley Law was passed in an atmosphere of prejudice and hysteria. In addition the sponsors recognized that few laymen would be in a position to Analyse and expose the trickery and Complex legalism which riddled the Law. A we know that t h e s c enemies of sound labor relations have Ben stripped of their weapons. All our people recognize today that the Taft Hartley Law permitted labor policy to become prey to emotionalism hysteria and Bias or. Carey citing the detailed analysis of Taft Hartley Given the committee by Cio general counsel Arthur j. Goldberg de Lay i and the monday morning quarterbacks Are Busy manufacturing tortured reasons to explain that the Taft Hartley act had nothing to do with the elections. They have even trotted out new polls in their desperate anxiety to misrepresent the popular will with respect to the Taft Hartley act. They Are again using this discredited device. A in the 20 months the Law has been on the books the workers have Learned what it Means to have free collective bargaining destroyed by arbitrary restrictions and regulations. They profoundly resent a Law whih prevents them from agreeing with their employers c i matters such As pensions welfare funds checkoff and Union Security. They have experienced one sided in functions and have picked them re amp. I of a i he government stacked the cards against them the to i v it oos t hat Eek i enter a As second class matter. Are 30, 1944 a the Post office at Cincinnati 2. Ohio. Urdez the act of March i >879 vol. 10 no. 21 March 25, 19196 question about Taft Hartley 1. Is a Law that hurts 98% of the people and helps Only 2%, Good or bad 2. Is a Law that ignores the realities of modern labor relations Good or bad 3. Is a Law that turns millions of americans into second class citizens Good or bad 4. Is a Law that cripples orderly collective bargaining Good or bad 5. If a Law that causes not settles Industrial disputes Good or bad 6. If a Law that Cost its supporters Over $3,000,000.00 to get on the books Good or bad?1 answer Taft Hartley is a bad Law and that answer was Given by Over 24,000,000 people in the 1948 election. They said the Taft Hartley act should be repealed. Remind our senators and representatives about the Ivy a. Election write today tot to senators John w. Rieker congressmen Earl t. Wagner and Robert a. Taft and Charles Elston a ask them to vote repeal of Taft Hartley a to support the Thomas Lesinski Rill Send to u. S. Congress w Ashington 2.7, . Is first hurdles in fight for Liberal Laws cleared despite Strong pressure from a the Ohio chamber of Commerce the Ohio House of represent Tives passed the fair employ ment practices act on March 23. The measure now goes to the state Senate for confirmation. A majority of republicans voted against the measure contradicting their own state platform which endorsed Fec last november. Unemployment Bill the Battle to liberalize unemployment compensation received a boost when the state Senate March 22, passed the Bill raising unemployment benefits and reducing restrictions now in effect. The measure now goes to the House for further action. Cio demands realistic benefits Cio and Al backed h.b.-254, which does a thorough going Job of liberalizing unemployment compensation. Making a Strong Case for upping benefits to a realistic level and making the Law civilized were two members from Law local 12, Toledo both unemployed at present. Edward Whaley the father of three youngsters and Robbie Robbins father of two sketching coldly and factually the problems an unemployed worker meets at today s maximum of $21, made a v 5 s i b 1 e and favourable impression on the committee. Cio spokesman Jacob Dayman and Al United in urging 1949-Type benefits for workers and lashing out at employers Quot shamefully demanding More rate slashes but opposing Benefit increases while the chamber of Commerce pushed its smear Campaign against Cio and mobilized to fight amended b.b.-142 on the Senate floor its spokesmen fought liberalization in the House committee. Great lady recalls Days As organizer in 1890�?Ts the above display represents the sentiment of All International unions within the Cio and labor As a whole. Since All possible efforts should be made now to get this message across to Union members and friends and neighbors it is suggested that locals or International unions councils or groups make a Handbill distribution at the Plant Gate at meetings or from House to House within their districts. The printing Cost of 1000 handbills is quoted at $6.00 for the first thousand and $3,75 for each additional thousand by the Printer. The Handbill can also contain the name of your International and local on the last line. Phone the Sun Garfield 2550 for further details. By Mary Lou Sauer few people would realize on first meeting the right honorable Margaret Bonfield first woman in England to become a Cabinet minister that she is a labor Leader but after a few minutes conversation with the smiling Rosy cheeked lady there would be Little doubt that she is All that the title implies. In a surprisingly Strong voice the White haired 76-year old lady said a i worked in stores in England myself and know what the Union did for the employees so the distributive trades Union retail clerks Union is very close to my miss Bonfield still retains her membership in the shop assistants Union which she helped to organize in the 1890�?Ts to better the conditions in stores for workers and in the general workers Union in England. A when i first started working in a shop 60 years ago conditions were bad for employees. We shop assistants helped to build up a system of collective bargaining. A at the turn of the Century my Trade employed nearly a million people while the Union in the Field had Only 2,500 members. Undaunted by numbers we appealed to the Public and in time organized the entire Field a miss i Bonfield said. A the fiery idealism and burning desire to improve workers conditions which inspired her to organize then still remains with miss Bonfield As she carries the j message of workers throughout the world. The self educated woman who had to Start to work at the age of 13 to help her family held several positions in her Union and has the Honor of being the first woman Delegate to the Brit ish trades Union Congress. A although i am retired from Active work in the Union a she said a i still attend meetings 1 when in masked. I think id be missed at the trades Union con a Gress after so Many years As a progressing with the working class movement miss Bonfield became a National officer of the National Union of general and municipal workers and served on the general Council of the trades Union Congress. J in 1923 miss Bonfield became a member of parliament and when the first labor government a was formed in Britain in 1924, she was called on to assist the minister of labor. She became minister of labor in 1929, a position which she j filled so Well that Ernest be via Britain a wartime minister of j labor said his Job would have been impossible were it not for the foundations Laid by Margaret Bonfield. Several times a Delegate to International labor meetings miss Bonfield is an authority on International affairs particularly m a the Field of labor j a i profoundly believe that religious basis is wanted in All t efforts to build a lasting world peace a she said adding that the very fact that people Are becoming better acquainted is a step toward this goal

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