Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on June 6, 1941 · Page 25
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Oakland, California
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Friday, June 6, 1941
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UAKLAni TttlJBUNE, FRIDAY. JUNE 6. 1941 25 A.F.L. UNION PROTESTS STRIKE AT NORTH AMERICAN AIRCRAFT PLANT Telegram to O.P.M.Says C.I.O. Does Not Represent Workers INGLEWOOD, June 6. (P) Of ficials of the C.I.O. United Automo bile Workers' a v ia t i o n division gathered today for conferences with strike leaders at the North American Aircraft Plant, where work on $196,-000.000 worth of military planes was halted by a wage dispute. The company statement said: ' "We regret that we have no in formation to give our employees at this time regarding when they may return to work, but we particularly urge that all employees keep in close touch with the situation through press and radio reports. . . PROTEST TELEGRAM This telegram, authorized by 50 members of the A.F.L. Aeronautical Machinists' Local, was sent to the OPM. "The majority of North .American employees are victimized by and dis gusted with radical labor's defiance of mediation efforts and Government machinery. "North . American Aeronautical Machinists' Local 720. A.F.L.. re- auests the OPM to use its good offices to force the National Labor Relations Board to consider the two protests against C.I.O. certifi- - catin or call-.another election at once. "Thousands of present employees had no'Tipportunity tp choose their bargaining agent. Hundreds of other employees have changed their opinion and affiliation. The majority is willing to resume work in the interest of National defense." In the North American bargaining election last March 15, the C.I.O. was declared winner by a majority of 70 votes out of 7000, with 1659 employees not voting. ELECTION PROTESTED The A.F.L. union protested the re-gults of the election. The company now has 11,500 em Caterpillar Warehouse Strike As Worker Refuses to Join Union SAN LEANDRO, June 6 Refusal of one man to join the union caused 40 A.F.L. warehousemen to go on strike at the Caterpillar Tractor Company yesterday, giving the plant its second tie-up in six weeks. Six hundred A.F.L. machinists were out for nine days during April seeking wage increases. The strike was settled on April 26. The warehousemen are members of Local 853 and are employed in the parts department of the big plant handling production and parts shipping. No picket line was established and machinists went to their jobs today unmolested Federal Conciliator Omar Hoskins PEPPER'S AUDIENCE GETS HOT ' Police Intervene at Intervention Rally DENVER, June 6. OP) Police ejected 20 booing dissenters from an interventionist rally led by Senator Pepper (D., Fla.) last night, when sympathetic listeners rose from their seats and began collaring the hecklers. Fists flew as the flying solon declared, "I've met men who hate the President so much they would almost rather lose thh country than see him succeed in hi- fight for democracy." Several of those thrown out were women. Isolationist Senators Wheeler (D., Mont.) and Nye R., N.D.) recently' addressed Denver audiences. After the near-riot, Pepper told the rally, sponsored by the Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, that "America's first job is to unite in its' sentiment . and spirit one way or the other. "God knows the President does not wan war. But if Hitler gets Dakar, closes the Suez and ranges from the Arctic Circle to the Cape of Good Hope, do you think we can whip the whole world, with Britain dead?" Hitler is the evil genius of all time, said Pepper in his third speech in three States in 24 hours. If Hitler were to dia tonight Congress would repeal emergency laws tomorrow and soldiers would be home from camp the following day. Wheeler Decries Defeatist Attitude EITTSBURGH, June 6. 0P) Senator Burton K. Wheeler, opposing this Nation's entry, into the Euro pean conflict, said last night that even if the Nazis won the War "we need not fear a triumph of a totalitarian or collective economy over our system of free enterprise." "Those economic cowards, those ' BLACKHEADS 1 externally caused PIMPLES I RELIEVED BY MILDLY MEDICATES I EVERY DAY IS BARGAIN DAY -for FURNITURE BUYERS at WILTON'S WAREHOUSE 1815-17 East 12th Street, Oakland When are YOU coming out? Hundreds of people have discovered this new way to savepn furniture,7' rugs, stoves buying straight from tne warehoused (no fancy display). Save enough to buy drapes or an occasional piece! ' ' V Open Evenings and Sundays 11 to 5. Terms. 4 . i1 ployees, of whom 9000 are production workers. The C.I.O. claims 7000 members among these 9000. Other developments in the strike which precipitated suspension of production at the huge plant yesterday, were; The National Defense Mediation Board indefinitely postponed nego tiations between union and company" representatives. J. H. Kindelberger, North Ameri can president, and other company officers remained in Washington "awaiting further instructions from Government agencies. The A.F.L. Aeronautical Machin ists' Local asked the Office of Pro duction Management to forte the National Labor Relations Board to order a new bargaining election at North American. i A.F.L. officials,.,-delanng 3000 mmmnv .molovees want A.F.L. representation, said theV might de mand the plant be-reopened to per mit their return to" work. PLANES REMOVED Twenty-nine training planes and bombers were removed from the Dlant bv Army officers and five more are to be flown away today. From Chicago came Richard T. Frankensteen, National director oi aviation for the C.I.O.-U.A.W. union Flving from Washington are mem bers of the negotiating committee who narticiDated in sessions with the Mediation Board. In Washington, Elmer Freitag, Dresident of the striking U.A.W. local, asserted its negotiating com mittee had been instructed by the membership "not to accept any pro oosal which is less" than tne ae mands for a closed shop and wage increases. The union asks an in crease in minimum wages from .50 cents an hour to 75 cents and an increase of 10 Cents an hour for all production workers. was assined to the dispute. George Towers, secretary-treasurer of the local, said the strike was calKd be cause one man Glenn Bidwell re fused to join the union. He em phasized that there were rio con tractural difficulties wMh the com pany. A new contract was signea May 8. The company was helpless, spokesmen said, because the contract with the union provides for neither a closed shop nor preferen tial hiring. They said that although no picket line had been established some trucks carrying supplies to the plant were halted by union officials yesterday and turned back. defeatists, who tell us that free American labor cannot compete with slave labor, who tell us that free American industry cannot com pete with Hitler-controlled or Gov ernment owned industry, who tell us that American businessmen cannot compete with Nazi businessmen do not know the American worker, manufacturer, trader or businessman," the Montana democrat de clared in an address prepared for delivery to an America First com mittee rally. Alaska Gold Miners Strike for More Pay FAIRBANKS, Alaska, June 6, (U.R) Nearly 1000 gold miners are "on strike today at the workings of the Fairbanks Exploration Com pany, Alaska's largest placer-min ing concern. , Members of the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union (C.I.O.) demanded higher wages, a union shop, ' improved camp sanitation, the check-off, compliance with the wage-hour act and general better ment of conditions. Present minimum hourly wage is 79 cents, the union asks $1 because of what it termed increased living costs in this region, where prices are abnormally high. Fairbanks Exploration Company operates eight electric gold dredges and one quartz mine within a 30- mile radius of Fairbanks, and, next to the Government, is the largest employer of labor in Central Alaska. Lathers' Delegates Will Meet Sunday Nearly 60 delegates from 12 Northern California counties will attend the meeting of the Golden Gate District Council of Lathers which will be held Sunday in the 'A.F.L. Labor Temple here. C. J. Haggerty, president of the . California State Federation of Labor has been invited to speak. A banquet will be held at Casa Orinda during the evening, .... SOLON PICKETS PEACE PICKETERS AT WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, June 6 (P) Representative Patrick (D-Ala.) carrying a bucket of potatoes-- and peeling them as he paced up and down, established a one-man parade in front of the White House today in protest against the Amen can peace mobilization marchers who have been there for weeks. Patrick, asserting he at least was accomplishing something construc tive with his potato sideline, toted a large sign strapped to one leg reading: "Appeasers, Communists, Bund-ists, etc., can picket but can they work?" The Congressman, talking ' with reporters as he walked beside six peace mobilization protestafits, con ceded his potato peeling was "not heavy work, but at least it is more than that crowd is accomplishing.'' "I simply grew tired of letting a minority like this put over their ideas on the majority of us Americans. It's time the majority let their views be known," he explained. Richmond Blast Victim Dies RICHMOND, June 6. Two investigations opened today into the explosion at the plant of the California Cap Company in the Stege district here, which cost the life of Rudolph Michel, 54, of 1717 Madera Avenue, Berkeley, superintendent of the company's fuse department. Michel, married and the father oi three children, died last night in Richmond Hospital, 12 hours after the explosion of a detonating cap ripped open his leg and burned him from head to foot. . , The company ordered an investi gation of the explosion, which, according to A. H. Campbell, superintendent, was "purely accidental.' A second investigation was begun by Coroner C. L. Abbott and Deputy Coroner W. P. Drummey. According to company officials, Michel had taken 500 detonating caps, eacn iniea wun u gi -Bins m high explosive, into the testing laboratory. A few minutes later one of, the caps exploded and set off tne others. Fellow workmen extinguished fire that broke out, and carried Michel outside to await an am bulance. Camnbell said that virtually no damage to the plant resulted from the blast. Michel is survived by his widow Minnie, and three children, Her- mina, Jjoroiny ana Kuay. rie was a native of Berkeley and was a memberf the Men's Club of the Grace Lutheran Church of El Cer-rito. Funeral services will be held to morrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Grace Lutheran Church, Santa Fe and Ward Streets El Cer- rito followed by entombment at Sunset View Mausoleum. Can You Tie This? Neckties Ask Raise PHILADELPHIA, June 6. (P) Try and tie this for getting a raise Most of Philadelphia's 550 liquor store clerks blossomed out today in new blue neckties with gold lettering reading: We Need $27 a Week The C.I.O. State, county and municipal workers announced the plan in support of a bill in the Legislature for a $1380 base salary. A.F.L. Unions Vote On Constitution Changes Unions affiliated with the Alameda County Central Labor Council, A.F.L., were engaged in voting this week on changes in the constitution and by-laws, G. A. Silver-thorn, secretary, said. Silverthorn said he would take steps to speed up filing of returns in the referendum. Printers' Auxiliary To Elect Officers ' International officers and a dele gate to the international convention at Vancouver, B.C., will be elected by members of Typographical Auxiliary No. 26 at a meeting to be held at Native Sons Hall,' 11th and Clay Streets, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Food Clerks' Union To Elect On Monday Officer of the Retail Food Clerks' Union, local 870, will be elected on Mnnriav and Dolls will be open at the Pacific Building fySm 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. officials said. Ballots can be obtained at the union headquarters. RIDERS ATTENTION Everything for the Western and. English Rider . . . ,: We carry variety of colon and a -complete range of uzea for all. Consistent lour prices for quality merchandise. , The BROADWAY SPORTING GOODS STORE 1MT JPraadwar, aoar Slat Asphalt Probe Names Pepper Florida Senator s Name Linked to Deal Over Airport Paving WASHINGTON, June 6. (fP) A House military sub-committee, investigating award of asphalt bids at Eglin Field, Fla., was told by Fred T. Bridges, vice-president of Allied Materials, Inc., of Atlanta, that his firm was low bidder for tne contract but was "forced to accept a compromise" because of activities of Senator Pepper (D., Fla.) and others. Bridges was testifying.about bids on Government purchase of 3,600, 000 gallons of asphalt to pave run ways at Eglin Field, an air corps project. He said Fepper contended the contract should be awarded to the Pan-American Petroleum Corpora' tion, which bid on the material through its Florida office. LOT OF PRESSURE' The witness said the procurement division told him "a lot of pressure'' had been exerted by Pepper and when asked whether "political in tervention" prevented his firm from getting the ".whole order re plied "there's no question about that." He explained that Pan-America's bid anticipated shipping the ma terial to the northwest Florida project by barge while Allied intended to ship by rail. The question was whether in a contract with Allied the Government would get the advantage of land grant rail rates. Bridges said authorities in Wash- inpton held that land grant rates would apply, thus making Allied's bid lower than that of Pan-Ameri-cn. Accordingly, he said, a contract was awarded to Allied. , SHIPPING BLOCKED Nevertheless, he declared, be cause of activities by Pepper and others, the company was unable to get shipping instructions. Subsequently, he said, Pan-Ameri can threatened to bring injunction proceedings, and the case was com promised. He said Pan-American was permitted to deliver 1.800.000 gallqns and Allied 1,800000 with s w omise tp the , latter that the Government would later purchase from it an additional 1,800,000 for use at Eglin Field or nearby. 'But we didn t make a compro mise, said Bridges. we were forced to accept a compromise." Labor School Opens In Berkeley June 28 BERKELEY, June 6. The ninth annual Summer session of the Pacific Coast Labor School will open June 28 at the Pacific School of Religion here. The school is being sponsored by the Workers' education bureau of the American Federation of Labor; the University of California's extension division; the State Department of Education, and the California Association for Adult Education. Sessions will extend to July 28. Courses offered will inelude public speaking, labor economics and history, negotiation and arbitration, trade union methods and related subjects. Dies Witness Beaten, Others Ask Guards LOS ANGELES, June 6. (JP) Five Los Angeles County men who recently testified before the Dies CommiUee were asusred of police protection after Jay Boiling, members of the C.I.O.-United Automobile Workers Union, reported he was beaten at C.I.O. headquarters here. Boiling said he was attacked after a union meeting Wednesday night. Others who asked for protection are H. B. Inzer, resigned president of the C.I.O.-U.A.W. local at the South Gate General Motors plant; Richard Franklin, Los Angeles; C. E. Crazier, San Gabriel, and Fred Bailey, Long Beach. Inzer recently testified in Wash ington that West Coast C.I.O. lead ers conferred with alleged Bund and Communist leaders. Idaho Lumber Union Wins Important Pact LEWISTON, Ida., June 6. (U.R) The Lumber -and Sawmill Workers Union YA.F.L,) and the Potlatch Forests; Inc., today began opera tions (under what is termed the most important labor agreement in the history of the lumber industry. A contract, covering 4000 em ployees in all operations of the rm, was concluded last night, pro viding an average wage of 86 cents an hour, a closed shop, 40-hour five-day week, and time and a half overtime, as well as a 15-day "cool ing off" period in the event of a strike or lockout threat. BIG NEW OPENS Come in and sec the new 1941 Electrical Applir ances, Radios, Rugs and Furniture now on display in our new, larger, more modern Store. . E C. COOUDGE & SON New Location 1301 Washington Street, SAN LEANDRO TR inidad 4800 LABOR CHIEF IS CALLED RED BY ALABAMA SOLON i Washington. June 6. (JP)- Representative Slarnes (D-Ala.) told the House today that O. M. Orton, head of striking lumbermen in the Pacific Northwest, was "a Communist from Aberdeen, Wash." Starnes said Orton had been identified as a Communist almost three years ago by Ihe Special House Committee investigating un-American activities. "In proclaiming his defiance of the United States Government, O. M. Orton ran true to form," Starnes declared. He referred to Orton's refusal to follow recommendations of the Defense Mediation Board. The Alabaman disclosed at another point that he had received a telegram from the committee's Los Angeles representative stating that a witness who testified , here last week concerning efforts to rid the West Coast C.I.O. unions of Communism was sent to a Los An geles hospital last night after being beaten as" he left C.I.O. head quarters. Starnes said the victim was Jay Boiling. Another witness who appeared with Boiling, Hugh B. Inzer, had received two telephone calls "threatening to blow up his home, Starnes said. Meeting Tonight On 'Union Now' Formation of Oakland, San Francisco Council Of Movement Is Aim . Formation of s joint San Fran cisco and Oakland council to shape the policies of Federal Union, Inc., in , this area, will .be' undertaken tMs evening at a meeting at the Century Club, 1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco; at 8;15 o'cloclt. Presiding will be George M. Hell yer of Tacoma, Western director of the organization, organized two years ago to espouse the Union Now plan of collaboration between the democracies, as advocated. ' by Clarence K. Streit, former New York newspaperman. Hellyer declared that immediate union of the United States and the British Commonwealth of Nations was an urgent need, if this coun try is to be assured the perpetua tion of Britain's defenses, and if there is to be any hope of a lasting peace in the world. Sponsors of this evening's meet ing include Dr. Wallace T. Partch of Oakland, Mrs. James, Wales of Berkeley, Cajjt, Stanford E. Moses, U.S.N., retired, of Berkeley; Mr. and Mrs. N. L. McLaren of Berke ley, Kenneth McLaren of Berke ley, Mayor Frank Gaines of Berke ley. Rabbi Irving F. Reichert of San Francisco, Mrs. William Powell of Berkeley, Dr. Pryns Hopkins of Berkeley, and others. Oakland Firm Defies Union Rather than sign a contract with a union, me iNauonai nesiauruni System of Oakland has abandoned plans to open its $34,000 downtown cafe at Kansas City, Mo., United Press dispatches disclosed today. Company representatives said they do not employ union help in any of their other units and could not set a precedent by yielding to de mands of the A.F.L. Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders' International League of America. The company, the dispatch con tinued, will continue to meet its payroll while attempting to sell and get out of Kansas City. K. E. Bemis, president of tne con cern, is in L,os Angeies, dui omce spokesmen here said the firm oper ates about 25 retail units in bouth- ern Calirornia ana uregon unaer the name of "California Kitchens" and "White Log Coffee Shops." The firm formerly operated 30 White Log Taverns" in the Bay area, but leased them to individual operators about two years ago. Mitty to Ordain 45 to Priesthood Archbishop John J. Mitty will ordain 45 candidates for the Catholic priesthood in St. Maiy's Cathedral, San Francisco, tomorrow .at 9 o'clock. The class is the largest to be ordained west of Chicago. Masses and choirs of seminarians from St. Patrick's Seminary at Menlo Park will sing the ancient chants. Wins State Post SAN JOSE, June 8. Robert Thorpe, former San Jose city pur chasing agent and statistician, today was appointed to an inspector's post with the State Board of Equalization. He will report for duty' on Monday in Sacramento. C00LIDGE TOMORROW President to Halt Strikes Press Conference Told Steps Will Be Taken If Mediation Fails WASHINGTON, June 6. President Roosevelt said today he is considering new steps to reduce labor stoppage's in aefense industries, but is not prepared to flo anything now while the Defense Mediation Board is working on the West coast aircraft and lumber disputes. Asked at a press conference flatlv whether he was planning to do something about the North American Aviation strike and the controversial International Woodworkers' union walkout, the Chief Executive said there was no statement today. Asked whether he meant to emphasize "today," he told reporters they heard what he said. Then, a reporter wanted to know whether tie was considering anything to make labor aware of- "new responsibilities" in the present emergency, the President replied, he believed that could be answered in the affirmative. VOLUNTEERS DISCUSSION The President volunteered a d is- cussion of Ihe strike situation by holding reporters back when they attempted to leave the room to snread imoortant foreign news which he had earlier discussed. Roosevelt referred to a formal let ter given him yesterday by Daniel J. Tobin, head of tne international Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs. Warehousemen and Helpers, in which the union solemnly pledges its support to the President and the Nation and "wholeheartedly and sincerely" endorses the President's address in which he announced an unlimited National emergency. The President urged that newspapers publish this letter because he regarded it as an excellent sample of from 400 to 500 similar expressions sent to him by telegraph and letter from unions of all sizes, including small locals all the way up to tne international unions. ACKNOWLEDGES LETTERS He took this means to acknowledge all of the communications which have been arriving at the White House since his fireside chat in which he said defense work must go on without labor stoppages pending settlement of disputes by the Defense Mediation Board. The board's action In the long drawn out soft coal wage controversy consisted, in the main of a recommendation that the southern producers eliminate the controversial 40 cent North-South wage differential in favor of a uniform rate. The board wants an answer by 6 o'clock Monday night. SCORES OFFICERS But in the Puget Sound Lumber Workers strike, its demand that C.I.O.'s International Woodworkers of America accept proferred settle ment terms was backed up by a bristling attack on the lumber union officials by C.I.O. President Philip Murray, who also is a member of the board. 20TH ANNIVERSARY SAVINGS TO 20 foniwhire 5uit5 52- SPOKTCOATS 12 to 0A' LEISURE COATT U?tn-9S SPORT SilflTS 79 n SLACKS Jam TZL&sjj " r-f- . " "7 i Telegraph at 16th STORE ii PROPERTY SEIZURE BILL FACES DEFEAT; SUBSTITUTE PLANNED WASHINGTON, June 6. (TV-Administration leaders reached the conclusion today there is no chance of passing the War Department's property seizure bill in its present form, and indications are entirely new legislation will be proposed as a substitute. The bill which has stirred up the most opposition since the Administration's aid-ta-Britaintetprj).. grar.i -.would authorize. President Roosevelt to take over, temporarily or permanently, any property of any kind which could be used to further the National- defense pn-:-er?m. Senator Byrnes (D.. S C.).. actinn majority leader, told reporters that 'Vnol heads" in Congress could "sit down and draft a bill which would accomplish the desired objectives without making it possible to charge 'dictatorship.' " He predicted that such a measure will be worked out. TO BREAK DEADLOCKS One of the objectives of the War Department bill is to provide the Government with a legal weapon that can be used to cope with strike rteadlocks in important defense industries. The Senate Military Committee will begin consideration of the present legislation today, and Chairman Reynolds (D., N.C), said a simultaneous study would be made of a proposal by Senator Connally (D., Portraits of People who don't pick Old Oscar Ptppir Mr. Talk A. 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See Rules ami Details In Ted:vfs Tex.) that the Government " be emf powered to take over any, defens plant where production ' was " impeded or threatened with delay bj strikes "or other cause.'" i Connally, usually an Administra tior supporter, offered his measurt : yesterday as an amendment to th selective service act, - which noi permits seizure of defense plant) 1 only-ii the managers refuse to meet : defense need?. It was learned that Byrnes, too. had been working ta lesislaticn along similar lines. ; SUPPORT CONNALLV Senator Norris (Ind. Neb.) ant several ether pro-Administration, senators supported the ConnaMv proposal. Norns asserted it would ."in quick approval and obviate tha netessity tor property seizure legist k.tion. v. Taking cgnizance of the threats ened oil famine, tne House yesterx day hurriedly passed a bill, ,re quested 4jyPresident,RooseveIti to facilitate construction of pipelines thft would run oil to 'he East from Teas and Louisiana, and probably from Il'inoif and other Sources. ; . Under hp measure, which now 1'oes. to Ihe Seriate, Government figncies or private concerns would be empo :.'ied to use the right bt eminent domain for obtaining rights-of-way to push construction of any pij tline the President designated as vital to defense. Power in the measure would expire Jun 30, 1943" ". ' '' . ' ill ft. Ht IT" a . ''WHISKEY A JlEND'ifJ fTrrm fffr !

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