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The Sun (Newspaper) - September 23, 1949, Cincinnati, OhioPublished by the greater Cincinnati Industrial Union Council the vol. 11 no. 10 2ft 0 i a c 1 to a Liberal Cio weekly owned by its readers big steel.1 t e t h a a i Vio no innate Ohio entered As office at i second class matter june 30, 1944 it the Post 71 i q in Cincinnati 2, Ohio under act of March 3, 1879 Pupil Dor a / t j oct warn steel Industry forces strike u. S. Steel corp., threatens the country with a nation wide steel strike sept. 25. As the Sun went to press Quot big steel Quot was still stubbornly refusing to bargain on the basis of the recommendations of the president s fact finding Board. The United steelworkers were preparing to Call nearly one million members11 on strike Asiu president. Philip my ?, accused the . Steel corp., of a a Public by damned attitude. Public approval while the fact finders recommendations had been met favor ably by both the Union and the a Public Murray said the steel Industry by turning Down the proposals was �?oarrogant., manifesting a contemptuous disregard for its obligations to our nation and to our Board recommends the Board advised insurance and pension systems paid for by the employers. The pensions a arrive at some mutually sat fac tory understanding. Murray asked whether this meant a big steel would take the Board report As a basis for bargaining. Fairless answered that his company was unwilling to accept the boards report As a condition of resuming contract negotiations. The unions 170-Man policy _ committee is meeting in Pittsburg added. To soc a payments sept. 22 to help ready the steelworkers far flung strike machinery. Telegram charges Murray a angry charge came in an Exchange of telegrams with . Steel pres. Benjamin f. Fair less who told the Union Leader he would not accept recommendations of a presidential fact finding Board As a basis for concluding a settlement. Other steel firms quickly announced their allegiance to the Fairless position. Charging that the steel Industry was Quot deliberately seeking to Force a strike upon the Union and upon the american people Quot Murray warned that if his Union had to Call a nationwide walkout sept. 25, Quot the responsibility for such strike clearly and unmistakably will rest with . Steel and the other producers in the in his wire sept. 15, Murray accused . Steel of a refusing to bargain with the Union on the basis of the boards a no amount of double talk can conceal the fact of this outright refusal on your part a he told Fairless. Would yield $100 a month to workers Over 65. The Board figured insurance would Cost the companies 6c an hour the pensions 4c. The Cio steelworkers had asked for a 30c-package, including a 12v�c wage boost. Turning Down the raise proposal the Board said steel wages compare Well with those in other industries but suggested that if prices and profits do not drop a raise might be in order next year. Truce extended president Truman asked the Union and the companies to extend the previous truce for 10 Days and to continue bargaining on the basis of the Board s report. The Cio steelworkers promptly agreed and although adhering to the belief that a wage boost was justified accepted the boards report As a basis for bargaining. With this announcement by Cio president Philip Murray the country believed a settlement in a a a basis president Truman has asked and the steelworkers had agreed a that the 10c pension insurance package be a a a basis for bargaining. Fairless however squirmed away from this wording and throughout the Exchange persisted in speaking As though he was asked to accept the recommendation outright. He objects Fairless said his company objected on principle to pension plans to which the workers did not contribute. Murray pointed out that the companies already have such plans for the Benefit of All their executives including Fairless himself. Murray ended by saying the Union still hoped a strike could be averted and that if there was any strike the responsibility would rest on a big steel. The Quot Public be damned Quot Altitude of the steel Industry May Force a nationwide strike sept. 25, pres. Philip Murray of the United steelworkers warned after Industry rejected recommendations of a government fact finding Board. Discussing the fact finding report with Murray in Pittsburgh Are 1. To Rush . David Mcdonald and pres. Walter p. Reuther of the United Auto workers. Federated pictures Ufi Iea of Etalon is held at planer co. Charier group re pretends All sections of Community a Norb election will be held on thursday september 22 at the professional people to work to it Gether. An important Issue in this Cam we feel that we can have our pain for election of City Council differences on National political by Rollin h. Everett City councilman sight. News men speculated on Cincinnati planer co., in Colony the terms. The Stock Market went up. But a big steel dashed these Hopes of peace. . Steel president Fairless wired Cio president Murray that his company would resume bargaining to to decide if the workers at this Plant will affiliate with the United steelworkers of America or vote for no Union. Pittsburgh mayor backs steel Union the election will be held at the casting and cleaning department of the company Between 3 and 5 . And from 6-6 30 . Chester Morgan Usa staff representative has been in charge of organization at this Plant. Eye try workers Pittsburgh up a if a steel constructive action on the part strike occurs sept. 25, it will not j of the Industry. It is our Hope and wm0 be the fault of the United steel j our belief that the conciliation workers mayor David Lawrence process now going on will bring a ten Day strike of the United told the people of Pittsburgh in a j clarity and vision into an obscure cemetery workers local 1334 radio broadcast sept. 19. A in this instance the Union appears to be right a Lawrence said. A and the position of management appears to be the mayor disclosed that he had sent a Telegram to pres. Benjamin f. Fairless of . Steel corp., urging him to Settle the dispute a along the lines of the recommendations of the fac finding Board appointed by pres. a it would be a tragic reflection on the capacity of american Industrial management to maintain the Pace of our economic Advance if the issues in the steel dispute cannot be resolved without the economic disaster of a prolonged shutdown a the mayors Telegram said. A the steel Industry has within its Choice a revival or a slump in the Economy not Only of this City but of All America. I am sure that i speak for the great majority of your fellow Pitt burghers when i ask that this threat to All of us be removed by and unnecessarily confused situation. You will earn the thanks of the whole country if you reach an Lawrence pointed out that Quot the Union leadership and the Union membership have gone far More than half Way Quot to avoid a shutdown by accepting the fact finders recommendations although they Quot were a great Deal less than the Union s bargaining demands Quot was settled last week to the satisfaction of the Union. A 10c hourly increase and improved vacations and sick leave were the highlights of the new contract Between the Union and the Cincinnati cemetery society. The contract was negotiated by a r. J. Davidson regional Cio director James Rodgers vice president of the local John Leight i Ner Tom Reeves and Owen Ford i All members of the local. Men again is whether we Are to have a representative City government or shall turn it Back to the Union a a t i n g leaders of the local gop organization. In the five Everett Man charter majority of Council we now have two labor men two lawyers and a business Man. Two lawyers and two business men Complete this years ticket. It also is representative from a standpoint of politics race and religion. The republicans have no one on their ticket recognized by either the Parent local bodies of Cio or Al As representative of those organizations. With one or two possible exceptions theirs again is a heavily Gold plated ticket. We of the charter ticket hold or economic matters and still have a common interest in a Good progressive City. But the Republican organization represents big business utilities real estate etc., and wants no Pari of cooperative Effort for better City government. Its Campaign strictly is to split Independent republicans from democrats if possible. Two years ago the most amusing spectacle of Campaign is to see Gordon Scherer the Republican Campaign i manager shouting the praises of j the local gop organization. It j was Only a Little Over two years ago that the gop Bosses gave j Scherer about As thorough a kicking in the face As could be administered. When they decided to move mayor Jim Stewart up to the supreme court they took Carl Rich from the prosecutors office and told the Republican Council men Rich was to be mayor. None of the four Scherer Gradison that the Way to improve Cincin Molloy or locker it liked it. They Nati to really get going in this matter of making it a modern City with adequate traffic ways housing playgrounds health facilities All had been elected by the voters. But they took it. Scherer was an embittered Young Man. He did no to hesitate to etc., is for labor businessmen and i Ujj anyone of has feelings toward the organization Bosses. He Frank fact finders recommendations in Brief Here Are the presidents fact finding boards recommendations in the steel dispute on wages that there be no general wage increase at this time. If however the Industry does not lower its prices the Union would be justified in seeking an increase later. On pensions that the Industry pay 6c an hour per worker�?$120 a year to finance a pension plan. It is estimated this would buy pensions of about $70 a month. Added to Federal old age benefits workers retiring at 65 would receive about $100 a month. Because setting up a pension plan is so complicated the Board recommended that a joint Union management committee be appointed immediately to Iron out the problems. Its report should be ready next april in time for 1950 negotiations. On insurance that the Industry pay 4c an hour per worker�?$80 a year to finance an insurance program. It is estimated this amount could provide a one year life insurance policy Worth $4000 a disability policy Worth $1250 hospitalization sickness insurance and probably hospitalization for dependents. By had wanted to be mayor. Your Choice now the big political question is what sugar Plum has ninth Street dangled before Scherer to get him Back to the blossoms of Bosses Eyrich and Schneller. The moral is that Cincinnati has to choose Between a charter ticket made up of labor and business democrats and Independent republicans together for the welfare of the City and a Republican ticket that had to get the Okay of political Bosses to run a political Bosses w to have no use for labor

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