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The Sun (Newspaper) - October 7, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublished by the greater Cincinnati Industrial Union Council the o vol. Ii no. 21 a or. T u a of i 1 in be a Liberal Cio weekly owned by its readers 2� Cincinnati Ohio entered As second class matter june 30, 1944 at the Post office at Cincinnati 2, Ohio under act of March 3, 1879 october 7, 1949 Ford workers win pension plan one million workers out in steel. Coal strikes a contract calling Lor company financed pension plan estimated at 8 3 4 c an hour per worker is signed by pres. Walter p. Reuther of the untied Auto workers Center in Detroit. Seated at right is Law Ford Dir. Kenneth Bannon at left Ford negotiator John s. Bugas. Among spectators is William Clay Ford standing second from right. Ford Law pension settlement follows steel Board plan the non contributory pension agreement won by the United Auto workers sept. 29 from the Ford motor co. Will be followed up immediately at the Chrysler corp., declared pres. Walter p. Reuther of the Union after a contract settlement had been reached in the Early morning hours after a 108-Day negotiating Span. Asked at his press conference about general motors he said the Ford plan now was a pattern for the Auto Industry and elsewhere. It was pres. Truman a steel fac finding boards first Victory. The steel Industry was still deadlocked with Philip Murray a United steelworkers As the Ford negotiators signed. The Ford plan As agreed is Frozen for 5 years beginning March 1, 1950. The Basic figures in the Ford plan Are 30 years of service age 65, and $100 a month including Federal social Security benefits for the individual concerned but not including social Security benefits due his wife or dependents. Ford workers who reach age 65 before they put in 30 years with the corporation will receive a fraction of the Standard pension. Those with 15 years will receive 50%, those with 25 years 83 1 /3% and so on. Retirement is optional at age 65, compulsory at age 68. Those who have put in 30 years before age 65 May retire on reduced pension at age 60 if the company consents. The system which will be set up solely by the company and the financial Insil ution it selects goes in effect next March 1 and the first checks go out april 1. Union and company will jointly decide eligibility and interpretation questions. Counting in a modification of the group insurance plan won by the Union Reuther said a the economic gains accruing to the Ford workers As a result of this agreement Are in excess of 10c an hour. In addition Many important improvements have been made in the working agreement. It is a historic step Forward in labors drive to destroy the double economic and moral standards in american Industry and an important contribution to Industrial stability in the Auto the contract As a whole is Frozen for 2 is years except that economic matters other than pensions May be reopened once after Jan. 1, 1951. It is dated to be effective oct. 1, 1949, though it will have to be ratified by the Law Ford National Council and the local unions affected a process Reuther estimated As taking about 3 weeks. Close to one million workers i were on strike oct. 6 in steel and Coal shutting Down the two key j industries of the american econ a omy and at least 500,000 More i steelworkers were expected to join the walkout soon j the Coal mines had already been shut Down for two weeks when Over 500,000 United steel i workers members went out on their thrice postpone strike at j 12 01 . 1. A few hours j after workers in the Basic steel plants and Iron Ore mines started their strike steelworkers pres i Murray warned that the nation wide walkout would spread in the next six weeks to most of a the 500,000 organized workers in i steel fabricating and processing plants unless the employers i agreed to recommendations of i pres. Truman a steel fact finding nation wide immediate Outlook was for a Long strike the first nationwide walkout called by the Union since the Winter of 1946 and second in the history of the Union. A negotiations with . Steel corp., traditional Pace setter in the Industry had reached a dead halt when the strike came. Federal conciliators returned to Washington reporting they had no new peace plans. The strike first threatened july 16, had been postponed three times at Truman s upon Union in his strike Telegram to All Union locals Murray said a this strike has been forced upon the Union and the american people. The responsibility for this strike rests entirely with the company. A it. The said ring to . Steel a has stubbornly Ted obstinately refused to accept the boards recommendations As a settlement of the dispute. This company in Complete disregard of the National interest i has said no to the Board no to the Union and no to the presi a Dent of the . And to the i american and insurance at Issue in the steel dispute was the unions demand for non contributory or company financed pensions and social insurance As recommended by the fact finding Board. . Ste2l agreed to the amount specified by the Board 4c for insurance and 6c for pensions but insisted that employees also be required to contribute. This Murray charged in rebuttal would amount to an enforced wage Cut. Pensions were also a major Issue in the Coal strike which together with the steel stoppage Cut off More than 90% of the output of the Economy a two most Basic materials. The miners struck after Southern bituminous operators withheld royalties from their 3-y ear old welfare fund leading ump pres. John l. Lewis and the other fund trustees to suspend pension and disability if although 102,000 hard Coal miners and soft Coal diggers West of the Mississippi returned to work oct. 3 on orders from Lewis still out were 400,000 miners who produce the but a of the nations Industrial soft Coal supplies.305 plants closed in All 305 Basic steel plants throughout the nation were closed by the strike. Nearly half the strikers Are employed by the big three of the Industry . Steel Bethlehem and Republic. Shortly after the strike got under Way at Midnight the Union announced its first Victory and called off a strike of 14,835 members against american can co. Plants in 23 cities. The company agreed to set aside a 6c-an-hour non contributory pension fund a beginning oct. 1. If pays to ask questions Everett s inquiries show by Rollin h. Everett there Are some folks in this City who do not like a Public official who asks questions. The Headquarters for those folks is j on ninth Street under the Banner of the Hamilton county Republic i can organization. My Conception of a Dutiful councilman is one who is Alert As to what is going on under the City manager As Well As on the floor of Council. He should be Alert too As to what is go Everett City councilman you would t throw away $s�0 your right to vote is a thousand times More precious done to throw away you must Register at your precinct voting place october Lolli if you have not voted within the last 2 years if you have moved or changed your name if you Art a new voter hours Are 10 . 2 . And 4 . 9 . Register october 10th ing on under the Independent boards and commissions. That is Why i asked last year a full investigation into the methods by which the administration was buying real estate for Public improvements. I was made chairman of the investigating committee and spent Many hours of work getting to the Bottom of the situation. We discovered that under the Republican Council majority which preceded us the efficient methods of real estate purchases set up when Good government replaced the old Cox Hynicka machine had been thrown out and we were Back where we started from. Hire Campaign chairman a real estate Man who was Republican Campaign chairman in 1941 was purchasing property for the City under contract on a percentage basis. There had been no real Effort to obtain agents who would work at a lower percentage. The agent first appraised the property then his commission was based on a percentage of that appraisal. It is obvious that under such a system there sooner or later would be a temptation for some agent to make High appraisals so his fees would be High. And with political control of City Hall so that such practices might be winked at a tremendous Harvest of political Gravy could be skimmed at a Cost of thousands if not millions of dollars of taxpayers Money while big Public improvements Are under Way. The fairness of prices paid under this arrangement was a much debated question. But the important conclusion arrived at by the majority of the committee with Gordon Scherer now gop Campaign chairman dissenting vigorously on Many Points was that the barn door should be locked immediately. Accordingly Charles p Taft and myself recommended and Council approved a system wherein appraisals would it ver j be by the same person making the purchases and insofar As possible purchases would be by the City a own staff. Scherer charged we were interfering with City manager. But it is my Contention that it is the duty of Council to establish such matters of policy. Looks at playgrounds As to Independent boards All of Council voted for my motion to inspect playgrounds. We discovered that playgrounds and swimming pools were in a sad state of disrepair a great Deal due to the Pinch Penny policies of the City under the Republican administration. We appropriated Money for repairs and have a program of rehabilitation under Way. My latest questions Are As to the methods by which concessions Are let by the University of Cincinnati. At a Charity football game this summer where profits Are estimated to have run to $3000 or $4000. Charity received $136.40 from concessions. And at the Christmas balloon Parade last Winter for the Benefit of the mayor s Christmas fund with a crowd certainly in excess of 50.000 present the concessionaire contributed Only $52 to Charity from his profits. In 1947, the state examiners continued on Page is
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