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The Sun (Newspaper) - September 2, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioFat Tref september 2. 1149 the Cincinnati Sun a t Cincinnati an Lead by Jack Kroll manager Cincinnati joint boards act we Are accustomed to observe labor Day As a great festival and we May Well do so for we need look Back Only a few years to a time when working people had Little or nothing to say about their wages their hours or their conditions of employment. That was a time when employers bargained with their workers one by one and played off one against the other. And in such bargaining of course there was no Equality for the employer always was in a stronger bargaining position than any of his employees remember these hard conditions were taken for granted. And More any Effort of working people to im-0h�ow9 their position. To bargain whether on terms with the employer was punished As a crime. Those were ugly times. They were bad for All of us. And in putting an end to them we have benefited not Only ourselves but our communities and our country. As we consider this record on this labor Day of 1949, we have a right to feel proud of ourselves our unions our fellow citizens. Much to be done but we have not finished the Job. The welfare of our country is not yet secure. There is much More to be done. And it is not going to be done As a matter of course. Advances Are not automatic. We in Cincinnati know this for we know what a Long and bitter fight we had to clean up the corrupt old machine government of our own City. How shall we now proceed How shall we carry out this responsibility that Falls upon us not As labor people but As citizens the answer of course is Clear. By political action. That is by acting As citizens we can do this Only if we Register and can Lead in this regard. 1 Hope to see our City my own Home town of Cincinnati set an example for the whole country. I urge All my fellow citizens to take part in a great drive in Cincinnati to see to it that every qualified citizen in our City shall Register and then shall vote i would like to suggest a Good Way to Start. That is for each of us to Start with himself. And when he is registered then How about his neighbor this picture of the mass obligation meeting of the Cincinnati joint Board amalgamated clothing workers in 1937 May remind Many of the hard struggle for recognition in the clothing Industry. In that year the Cincinnati clothing Market was almost completely organized for the first time. Many of the leaders of 1937 Are still Active and leading the fight for a better and stronger labor Union in the above left Are Sydney Hillman late president of the amalgamated Jack Kroll joint Board manager and Ben Herman employment manager in the lower right Corner Are Arthur Hartmann ass. Manager and Joseph sepate business representative. Success Story of clothing workers is typical to unions everywhere a the closed shop dates Back to 1794, when the Shoemakers of Philadelphia compelled employers to hire Only Union members. Greetings to lab Oral f. Guethlein insurance Ester Guethlein agent 822 provident Bank bldg. Cd 3856 Best wishes to Labo Backus Bros. Co. Furniture and interiors 225 e. Third st. Car held 111 this is a Success Story not that any final goal has been reached. There Are always new goals. But its the Story of a successful battled a successful War against sweat shop conditions waged by Cincinnati a five thousand workers in the menus clothing shirt tie and sports products industries. This is the Story of Many years of struggle for Security for personal dignity for the worker for some measure of the Good things in life for the worker and his family. Prior to 1913, men and women in tailor shops made from $1.50 to $12.00 for 52 to 60 hours work each week. They knew that any action on their part to proclaim their Independence would mean the loss of their Job. But in 1913 the amalgamated clothing workers of America came into existence and in 1914 amalgamated organizers came into Cincinnati. This was the beginning of a sustained struggle on the part of the workers to proclaim their Independence through their Union. On october 8, 1949, the Cincinnati joint Board will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the issuing of its charter and the thirtieth anniversary of uninterrupted harmonious collective bargaining with the Globe tailoring co. In the final analysis the Story of the Cincinnati joint Board is the Story of unions everywhere. From 1919 until 1936, against overwhelming Odds and through constant struggle the amalgamated signed 11 collective bargaining agreements in every instance obtaining wage increases and other benefits not Only for workers covered by the agreements but for All other workers in the Industry because As always conditions were improved to keep the Union away. Organizing workers during these years was almost an impossible task. The hostile attitude of the Public the press the courts and government along with the depression period caused labor organizations on the whole to lose millions of members from 1929 to 1935. 1�?omagna Chartan comes the amalgamated kept its organization intact during this period and in 1935 the ruling that the National labor relations act was constitutional gave labor the right to organize with the Sanction of the Federal government. This ruling coupled with the establishment of the committee of Industrial organizations should have marked a wave of Effort to organize workers throughout the nation. But this did not happen until 1936, when the committee of Industrial organizations formally separated from the . Of l. And the cry Quot Cio Quot was heard throughout the land. The amalgamated was one of the founding organizations of Cio and Sidney Hillman the beloved president of the act was one of the leaders who guided its is organized in 1937, the Cincinnati joint Board wrote 19 collective bargaining agreements thus organizing the menus clothing Market 100 per cent. Clothing workers celebrated this Victory september 28, 1937 at music Hall when the mass obligation of officers took place. Some 7,000 workers throughout Cincinnati left their jobs at four of clock and carrying banners and placards proceeded to music Hall where Sidney Hillman and Jack Kroll manager of the joint Board More members but this did not Mark the end of organizing efforts for the Cincinnati joint Board. Between 1938 and 1948, 12 collective bargaining agreements were signed bringing Many More hundreds of workers into the amalgamated family raising their Standard of living up to a Quot Union since 1933 wage increases of up to 42 per cent and 50 cents per hour were gained in succeeding years two week s vacation and Holiday pay were bargained for and working conditions in this Industry which were at one Tim considered among the worst were vastly guaranteed in 1943 the amalgamated insurance fund came into effect granting weekly sick benefits Hospital insurance and payment for incidental expenses during illness to clothing workers. In 1947, the insurance fund was enlarged so that clothing workers would receive monthly benefits equalling the amount of their government old age benefits when they reached their 65th year. And in 1948, payment of surgical fees became a part of coverage granted to clothing workers. Yes this is a Success Story. But it is More than that. It is the Story of United action bringing a better life to individuals who take part and More wholesome social and economic conditions to the whole Community in which these individuals of lives the Cincinnati joint Board is a necessary part of the lives of its members and not Only from an economic Point of View. Social cultural and political activities have marked the history of the organization enriching the lives of members and their families. Children a dancing and dramatic classes and a choral group besides labor education courses have marked the pages of joint Board history and have added riches to the lives of its members. Pre War social activities included picnics dances and parties As Well As a year round sports pro Gram. These were halted temporarily but plans arc being made now to resume such a program in the coming necessary with other Cio members throughout the City the state and the nation Cincinnati joint Board members have become aware of their political position and consistently have made their contribution to better government working people realize that they must be Active politically if they Are to retain the economic Freedom which they struggled for years to gain through Union. Community services is a term with wide implications it Means simply participation in those activities which make the Community a better More secure place in which to live. Participation in Community Chest and red Cross campaigns contributions to the cancer foundation the mile of dimes and numerous Small charitable undertakings Are evidence of the generosity of working people of their willingness to give and give generously to those whose circumstances Are not the Best. Workers in one Industry cannot have life in abundance if other workers Are struggling constantly just to keep alive. Nor can a Community be a Good place to live if its working people who Are in the Largo majority have not the Good things of life. This is the reason that the Cincinnati joint Board has always been willing to give generously to help other working people and to help others in the Community. This is the reason for Cio s existence. It is a Union of unions and the Mutual Aid and moral continued on 4 Taft s greetings to labor a a it seems to me that injunction is the Only thing that really will Stop strikes. I think injunction is an essential weapon. A sen. Robert a. Taft of Ohio. Remember that great Day

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