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The Sun (Newspaper) - May 2, 1947, Cincinnati, OhioCongressmen William Hess and Charles Elston of Cincinnati admitted to voting for the Hartley Bill seen by labor As a drastic measure to shackle unions without having even read the Bill Cio members who visited the two reported this week. Similar admissions were made by most of the Ohio congressmen to 150 Ohio Cio members who visited Washington on april 24 and 25 As part of a defend labor month activities William Black president of the Cio Council Here said. I the 29hlfkm As Gecoya class matter 90, 1944 at the Post of at to Cunati 2, Ohio under the act of March 3. 1879. V of. 7 no. 2mav 2. 194 7 i Robert j. Davidson regional director and Ray Sowder. United steelworkers staff representative also said the ice resent fives in Washington admitted to not having read i the Bill. I rep. Charles Elston. A Cintolo the delegation he had t read the Bill was t familiar with its provisions or the functions of unions but cast a yes vote for the Bill. Black said. I the same statement was a made by William e. Hess it Cin but the delegation did say that Hess seemed to know More about the functions of the unions and the Bill. Congress a a at Large George Bender also said he j had not read the Bill claim ing he had no time to digest a All Bills thoroughly. The Dele i gation took this As a Frank statement of pure iou Owma of Republican party instructions without thought to the welfare of the Many thousands adversely affected by the Bill. Although every congressman and the two senators Tricker and Taft gave their time generously and were very courteous the delegation was impressed by the solid front of closed minds to their arguments against the two Bills. According to Federated press the High Point of the lobbying was the interview Edh sen. Taft. He attempted to argue Small Points of Law with the Union men. J but denied the main Point that his Bill is an employers Bill. He said a the wanted a Bill fair to everyone that would Correct abuses that have grown up since the Wagner act Vas passed that j labor was a exaggerating the i dangers in his Bill that he had no objection to nationwide bar gaining thinks it is desirable and that the Bill a a would t be Here if it were not the mandate of the however the delegation countered with the evidence that they had seen thousands upon thousands of signatures on petition and postcards which rated opposition to the Bills. Twenty five thousand Bona tide signatures were presented to Taft by a. E. Stevenson Cleveland Industrial Union Council Secretary during meeting. Taft up said was clearly conscious of the feeling among the workers against the anti labor Laws. A tried to show that he took a a a reasonable attitude and considered the Hartley Bill on. Some Points too extreme. William Lavelle Ohio Cio i Council Secretary stated that the Bills were not based on Day to Day knowledge of Industrial re lations in the plants. He also said that the 150 workers who made the trip Learned a great Deal about labor Law making which a they Mill take Back to their fellow councilman proposes labor accept Page cuts labor would be called on to accept wage cuts if a proposal offered City Council this week by councilman Homer Toms Republican were accepted. Toms offered the proposal As an amendment to a Resolution by councilman Rollin Everett. Everett s Resolution proposed that Council urge a voluntary Price reduction Campaign in Cincinnati such As has been undertaken in some communities. The Republican councilman declared he was in favor of Price reductions but that i labor was a Factor entering into prices and he thought labor should be urged to accept wage cuts. Toms declared he believed in Competition and that he believed there should be Competition for jobs too. Quot this is a shocking proposal that or. Toms is Mak my Quot 3500 Union men pour into Columbus in protest is. Union breaking Bill Ohio s organized labor j swarmed into Columbus wednesday night Over 3500 Strong j to protest against legislation designed to make unions ineffective in Ohio. The delegations were so Large that Only a Small part of the unionists were Able to get into the hearings chamber to protest the Van Aken Bill which is known As the a Little Hartley a Bill. Cincinnati Cio has a delegation of nearly 100 there and Al from Here also had a Large delegation. William Lavelle state Cio Secretary warned the legislation was a step toward a totalitarian state. Jacob Dayman Cio attorney said peaceful labor relations in Many industries would be disrupted by such a Bill. The legislature has before it six anti labor Bills All of which had been lying dormant for some time. In the opinion of Columbus leaders the release of All these Meas j ures at the same time seemed j to have been prearranged. The Van Aken Bill which would destroy unions As completely As the Hartley Bill also seemed to Hae the go ahead from House Republican leadership. This Bill would do the following abolish the closed shop ban Boycotts destroy effective picketing ban political contributions eliminate the checkoff re i quire financial reports and limit a dues to a suicidal level. At the time the Bill was introduced Van Aken told an associated press reporter that it was introduced at the request of an unnamed organization and he considered it a bit of a horse trading. The Cio Council considers that even if Federal legislation is killed this Bill would shackle Ohio labor if passed. Chief proponent for the Bill is Raymond Livingston vice president Thompson products co., which company has a a a company Union and a Long record of questionable labor practices. Livingston presented a 25-Page statement calling for passage of the Bill with a no compromises. Among the Cincinnati unions participating were locals 1858, United steelworkers 647 and 392, United Auto workers 214, fur continued on Page 41 Everett said in fighting the amendment. He proposes that we accept wage cuts at a time when excessive prices brought by profits higher than Ever before Are already threatening the living standards of our people. A if or. Toms would go into the Homes of our working people As i have been doing and talk to them about their food and living budgets he would never offer such an the labor councilmen recalled j to Toms the Days of the 1920s when there was a a competitions i for jobs because of a Pool of unemployed. A have you forgotten a he asked a that then there were no Strong unions no strikes won no wage increases obtained but that prices sky rocketed any Way and that thousands of Farmers and Small businessmen went bankrupt in the crash which Fol. Lowed a a Quarter of a million Union members have in the last i Days accepted pay increases far i less than was needed to meet the increase in prices since a year ago. They have thus accepted a Cut in living standards. It is time now for prices to be reduced. A you apparently do not know what it Means to a compete for i jobs or. Toms when there Are j unemployed willing to accept lower wages and when there Are not Strong labor unions to protect wage Everett a Resolution called at a Tention to president Truman a request for Price reductions As a necessary move to halt inflation i which would be followed by depression because of dwindling 1 purchasing Power. The Resolution and amendment were Laid Over for a week. Done As Cio has three radio programs weekly but stations present difficulties Cio has three programs on the air now in Cincinnati but is encountering difficulties with radio stations Wasai and Wco in connection with two of them. The programs Are Quot the other Side of the news Over Wasai at its each monday night a locally sponsored program with Rollin Everett As commentator. Leland Stowe Well known authority on National and International affairs at 11 30 each wednesday night Over Wco sponsored by United electrical radio and machine workers on a National Hookup. Quot labor Usa Quot at 8 45 . Each saturday Over Wasai a National Public service program prepared by Cio. In almost All of the rest of the nation the Leland Stowe program is being broadcast in some period Between 5 and 8 . When working people will be up to hear it. But be was unable to obtain any bettor spot than il30 . From Wco. At Wasai this week Everett had difficulty obtaining the right to broadcast a Cio analysis of the Hartley anti Union Bill without the station adding a station announcement describing the analysis As a inaccurate and the stations interpretation was based on its own lawyers analysis of the Bill. Everett pointed out that his analysis was on one sponsored by 30 congressmen opposing the Bill which analysis is part of the congressional record. It also was printed in the Cio news. It was Cio s right to broadcast its version of what the Bill would do to labor unions Everett declared. The station has insisted upon a a a disclaimer at the Start and the finish of each program saying the views of the speaker Are not necessarily those of the station though the program plainly i labelled jul under Cio sponsorship. A i a car
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