The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 7, 1949 · Page 10
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PAGE TEN BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Phone Pensions Issue to NLRB CIO Union Official Says Bell Companies Refusing to Bargain WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. W—The CIO's Communications Workers yesterday charged the Bell Telephone System companies with refusing to bargain on pensions. The charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board. They were based on the recent actions of (he American Telephone nnd Telegraph Company and Its g/filiates in changing their pension plan for workers. The change boosted minimum pensions for employes retiring at tige 65 from $50 a month, less one- half social security payments, lo $100 a month, less all social security payments. Employes retiring before 65 were guaranteed a $75 monthly pension. The CWA said the changes were put into effect without consulting the union at a time when the union was bargaining with Bell companies lor $100 monthly pension jn addition to social security. A. T. i- T. Defends Action The A. T. & T. said in a statement it had made the pension changes in accordance with the plan Itself, in effect since 1913. This, 't said, Rives the company the right to make changes from time to time. CWA headquarters said Its divisions were filing 34 separate unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB against the A. T. & T. and 19 affiliated companies. Joseph A. Beirne, CWA president. Bald the company changes were put In effect Nov. 16 and the union was not told of the change until Nov. 21. Beirne said the changes were "inadequate" and action of the Bell companies was designed to by-pass legal collective bargaining requirements. He said the supreme court has ruled the employers must bargain with unions on pension matters when so requested. He said the .Bell companies were aware of this. Beirne made public a letter to Leroy A. Wilson, A. T. i. T. president,: saying the Bell system was" "seeking to destroy unionism" in the telephone industry. "Our changes." Beirne told newsmen, "have been filed so as to settle the fundamental issue of whether labor-management relations are lo he settled through orderly collective bargaining or are to be at til caprice of the employer." DETAINED BY REDS—Brlg.- Gen, Robert H. Soulc, above, U. S. military attache at Nanking, is one of a number of Americans whose detention by Chinese Communists has caused storms of protest in this country and elsewhere. For over two months he has been denied aa exit permit SAND'S FANTASTIC—What would you do if a windstorm blew BO much sand on your front lawn that the grass wouldn't grow? Home-owner Nate Barkman of Uay City, Mich., had that problem. He solved it by borrowing a vacuum cleaner, sweeping the sand up and returning U to Lake Huron, where it belonged. Aroused Residents of Tiny Island Get Together and Keep Their Doctor BLOCK ISLAND, R. I., Dec. 7— I/Pi— Aroused year-round residents of t h i s popular summer resort island made it possible yesterday for Dr. Lorenzo Orlando io stay on as the only resident physician here. Dr. Orlando announced last week he would have to leave the Island— 12 miles off the mainland — although he didn't want to. He gave as reasons small fees, high rent and lack of equipment. Two hundred of the island's 800 residents met in Odd Fellow Hall last night. The Town council was meeting in a library nearby. The citizens' meeting began warming up aiier about an hour's discussion. Shouts of "let's go get the town council members and bring them here" and "Where's the x-ray that could have saved my husbnnd's life?" rang through the hall. A committee was appointed to tell the council tiint "people from all sections of the Island want you to come over and answer some questions." The council came—and heard the residents say emphatically: "we do not want pur doctor to leave." Finally the council voted to purchase $1000 worth of equipment immediately for the doctor's office. The islanders Issued a call for a special town meeting within ten days to ease the burden of the Sl,20fl annual rental the doctor pays for his home and office. As the folks filed out. Dr. Orlando shook hands with each of them. In a choked voice he said: "I wanted to staj'. I Idve this Island." Dr. Orlando came here from Hackensack, N. j., « year ago with his wife and two sons- They made- the trip from the mainland In a former landing craft which carried their furniture. Senator Soys Younger Generation Tax Victims KANSAS CITY. Dec. T. tin — Senator Forrest C. Donnell (R-Mo) said yesterday the younger concia- tion nnd those to come would sutler primarily front the government's continued deficit spending. "Our national government." he told a business man's group here, "must live within Its income except when such srave emergencies as Illustrated by \var compels temporary suspension of that restriction." He said that if national deficit spending continues young persons will find "increased portions of their Income taken away in the form of taxation—thus making it Increasingly difficult to lay aside funds for a rainy day." Fried ants, eaten by some people in South Africa, are said to taste like bacon. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1949 Britain Seeking Four Country Economic Union LONDON, Dec. 7. (/Tj—A proposal thai Britain nnd three Scandinavian countries join in an "economic union" was advanced by Britain yesterday. Official sources said the United Kingdom sent notes to Sweden; Denmark and Norway suggesting a four-power conference on the plan. The union would he known as "Unlscan" (for United Kingdom and Scandinavia). In It. one country's currency could be changed more easily Into another's, trade would be freer, and capital and labor could be moved more freely In the area. Unofficial reaction reported from Scandinavian capitals appared favorable. The proposal was inspired by ECA Administrator Paul O. Hoffman's repeated calls for merging together the economies of western European countries, now kept apart by restrictions on trade and currency convertibility. France, Italy and the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) already are studying a similar regional group- Ing. This has been called "fritalux." German Automobile Plant Ordered to Make Tanks BERLIN, Dec. 7. (IP)— The British- licensed newspaper Sozialdcmokral eald yesterday an automobile plan! at Chemnitz in Eastern Germans has been ordered to produce tanks for the Communist-proposed 300.- President's Weight-Reducing Race With Fat Aides Ends in a Dead Heat By Erntst B, Vaccaro KEY WEST, Fla., Dec. 7. (AP) — President Truman weighted in ye. 1 ;- erday at 177 pounds ax the White House disclosed officially that his prc-Thanksgiving weight - reducing xsntest with two husky aides ended 'n a "tlcad heat." Both Brig. General Wallace Gralam, the president's physician, and tfajor General Harry H. Vaughan 'lost three or four pounds," which was "Just about what the President lost." "All bets are off," explained Presidential Press Secretary Charles G. Ross, in elaborating on ihis report, TUKNEI) DOWN I1Y LEWIS — Former Federal Judge Charles T. Uawson of Louisville,- Ky,, his heavy eyebrows curling into his eyes, stares fixedly ahead as he leaves a meet- Ing of the United Mine Workers' welfare fund trustees In Washington. D.C. John L. Lewis, UMW representative and chairman, refusqd to accept Dawson as operators' representative. (AP Wircphoto) A map of our friend, Andy Kooser u won believe old taster when you take your first nip of it! It's the selfsame whiskey us old-timersenjoy amongst ourselves—and we've been dis- trtling some GO years! Harry E. \Vilken KEROSENE and FUEL OIL G.O.PoetzOilCo. Phone 2089 ^ < £j3ssg SS § ,- •••^ifi' Vert 000-man east German army. The paper said the plant has been assigned a quota of 10 tanks a month. "and no money will change hands." It was on a visit to Charlottesville early In November that the President, complaining he couldn't see around his big aides, suggested a contest to see how much each of the thvce could lose by Thanksgiving. Both Vaughan and Graham reportedly weighed about 220 at the time. Their goal was 200 pounds, Mr. Truman's 175. Each was to pay SI for each pound short of the goal. (Some reports said It was $10 a pound.) No decision could be made until the arrival of Graham, who came Writer's Cramp Bothers Cop on College Campus LOS ANGELES — Wj— A UCLA campus policeman found a gold mine of illegally parked students' cars, so many that he ran out of tickets. 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