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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, October 8, 1949
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M»son City Globe-G»i«U«, M»»»n CUr, 1». Oct. 7, 1949 RALLY SPEAKER—The Rev. J. Edwin Hartill, dean of men at Northwestern schools, Minneapolis, will be the speaker at Mason City's 10th city wide Youth for Christ rally at 3 p. m. Sunday in the high school auditorium. Doctor Hartill is a former professional musician and immediately before coming back to the Northwestern Bible school and seminary from which he was graduated in 1936 he was dean of the London Bible institute, London, Ontario. Garner Plans for Memorial Garner—Atty. G. W. Templeton, Dr. E. H. Phillips and Ben V. Greiman have been selected as delegates to a convention to be called soon by Mayor C. E. Barnes for the purpose Of selecting 5 commissioners to administer the affairs, construction and equipment of the new memorial community building to be erected in Garner. The law provides that such delegates must be named by active veterans' organizations within 60 days after the date of the election on the project. The 3 above named persons were named by the members of the Gifford Olson post of the American Legion at a regular meeting at the Legion hall. Commander Truman. Glassell presided at Tuesday evening's meeting and appointed committees for the annual feather party to be held at the Bock Motors garage Saturday evening, Nov. 19. Following the business session several combat films were shown. WHY Aged Woman Dies at Charles City; Funeral Sunday Charles City—Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Sunday at Grossmann's funeral home for Mrs. Emma Freeman, 83, of 603 Blunt street, who died at the Cedar Valley hospital Thursday. The Rev. Walter M. Fritschel, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church, will officiate and burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Waterloo. Mrs. Freeman was born Aug. 13, 1866, in Dane county, Wis., daughter of Julius and Katherine Paschke. As a child her family home was in Charles City and later in Nashua where she was married to Luther B. Freeman of Waterloo on July 16, 1890. Until Mr. Freeman's death in July, 1940, her home was in Waterloo. For the past 8 years she had made her home with her niece, Mrs. Katherine Slinger. She was a member of the Trinity American Lutheran church in Waterloo and an attendant of St. John's Lutheran church during her residence here. She was a member of the Ladies Aid of St. John's church. / Survivors include a nephew, Edward Paschke of Nashua and 2 nieces in addition to Mrs. Slinger, Mrs. Leona Bushy ol Roseburg, Ore., and Mrs. Celinda Yarger of San Francisco, Cal. Two grand nieces also survive. Her only child, Lloyd, died in 1912, at the age of 21. Wagner Rites Held Spillville—Funeral services were held Friday morning at St. Wenceslaus church for Frank Wagner, 88, who died at the home of a daughter in Cedar Rapids Wednesday. He leaves a son, Frank, of Marion, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Agnes Linnett and Mrs. Bessie Bittner, of Cedar Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Wagner lived on a farm north of Spillville until 6 years ago when they retired and moved to Cedar Rapids. Mrs. Wagner died 3 years ago. Use of recordings in broadcast programs enables an entertainer to be some place else when his ghow actually goes on the air. SCHWEN'S PACKAGED ICE CREAM RICH AND VELVETY SMOOTH • THESE LOW PRICES EVERY DAY: PINT 25c QUART 49c Vz Gal. 95c Gal. $1.85 16 DELICIOUS FLAVORS BAKER'S Ice Cream Store 411 No. Federal Phon« 5774 NO PARKING METERS Open t ». m. to 11:30 p. m. Dally STRIK United States Steel wants to do what is right by its employees. We have always sought the loyal cooperation and friendship of our employees. United States Steel favors proper programs of insurance, welfare, and pensions for its employees. We have had insurance and pension plans in effect for many years. We are ready and willing to try to work out with the Union through collective bargaining any changes in our existing e programs for insurance and pensions which are now necessary or desirable. Last week we made an offer to the Union to pay as our share of the cost of programs of insurance and pensions to be negotiated with the Union up to an average of 4 cents an hour for insurance and 6 cents an hour for pension. That was a very substantial offer on our part. It would provide at our expense insurance and welfare benefits which our employees do not presently enjoy. The adoption of such programs would add more than $50,000,000 annually to our costs of operation. The Union flatly rejected this liberal proposal and called I a strike against us. Why? Simply because United States Steel is not willing to agree in advance that it will pay the entire cost of insurance and pensions for its employees. Because of the Union's adamant stand that we must pay the entire cost of insurance and pensions for employees, the Union has deprived our employees of an opportunity immediately to obtain, without additional cost to them, insurance protection far superior to that which the employees now possess. United States Steel proposed to pay as its share of the cost of an insurance program about $5.70 a month for each par- * ticipating employee. A single employee would pay as his share about $2 a month and an employee with dependents about $3 a month. Our employees on the average are now paving under existing welfare arrangements more than these amounts each month for lesser benefits. The payments by our employees under the proposed insurance program would nob reduce their present take-home pay. . - - A proper and financially sound pension plan calls for most careful consideration. United States Steel has offered to join with the Union in making a joint study on pensions, and, upon the completion of this study, to .negotiate with the Union for a pension plan to be included in a new labor contract, effective on May 1, 1950. As an indication of its good faith, United States Steel has offered to pay up to 6 cents an hour as its share of tbe cost of a mutually satisf actory contributory pension plan. Here again, the Union flatly rejected our proposal. The only issue in the present steel strike is this: Shall United States Steel be forced now to agree that it must pay the entire cost of insurance, welfare benefits and pensions for its employees? An assumption by the employer of complete financial responsibility would amount to the adoption of a major and highly costly principle, probably for all time. Moreover, such action by a large steel company would probably set a pattern for all American business. There is grave doubt as to the financial ability of American industry alone to pay the cost of adequate insurance and pension programs for employees. Furthermore, is it not in the best interests of the employee that he participate in the creation of a savings account for his future welfare? Social security in which both employer and employee share the cost has been the established order in this country, for many years, as evidenced by the Federal Social Security. Act. Why should our employees and the whole nation suffer the disastrous consequences of a steel strike, from which the employees have so little to gain? UNITED STATES STEEL

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