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Such an adjust- ment would amount to a 121/2 cents in- grease for every one as of last Septem— er. “This is in addition to any individual wage adjustments. which h a v e b e e 11 made since September, 1940. “3. Continuation of piece work with the suggestion that in so far as accident hazards a-r e concerned, committee of employers and employees shall under- take to study the relation between safe- ty and piece work. “4. One week’s vacation with pay in . : sawmills for all who have been employed during the period May 1, 1941 to May 1, 1942 and who have worked 1400 hours of straight time; a vacation allowance of 2 cents per hour worked for those in log- ging camps to be paid at the time or times‘agreedupon between the employ- ers and emplOyee. “Several days of negotiation before a panel of the national defense mediation board have failed to bring the parties to- gether in an agreement. M e a n w h i l e there are rumors of new difficulties in the lumber areas of the Pacific North- west .and one other logging case has been ‘ certified to this board from the Columbia "River area. The fir industry is of great importance to our national defense and ooooooooo4oooooooooooo 90 00.0%.... 0.00.09.00.05...” 9.90.90.00.00,60,00.00.0 0.0 5.0.00.0. o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 O O O ‘.00. 000.00.00.00.0000000000 . :2‘ 2,.- " .~ ls. l ‘ '.., 4‘ “an” 5: "1 t "J Vii/- ’0 0.00900 saELToNLMAébfi'édome“advent"' ‘ ' Page Three b ’ ‘ ’ooooe‘o 0’... 00000 000000‘ 0000000 .00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0‘00.00 00 00 00 00 00 00 000000 .. 5,2: . ‘ if: 3'. ,2 g. ; any stoppage of work will have an'e'ffect upon other defense industries within a few weeks. This appears to be a time when every effort should be made to unite the forces which operate the indus- try. Interrelationships between the var— ious operations are so close, the competi-’ tive nature of work so keen, the division between employing groups so marked and the disunity among various ele- ments in the different labor organiza- tions and locals so intense that nothing short of an attempt to deal with a whole situation can bring order and stability into the Douglas fir belt lumbering area. “There are so many uncertainties in the various operations, so much divisi0n of testimony as to the facts and such an apparent lack of uniformity in the condi- tions of work and pay schedules that only a careful survey of all the facts by impartial investigations icanefurnish the basis for a final reci'immendation from the board in casestthat may come before it from this area . . . “This board therefore proposes that it make provisiOn for such an impartial study by a competent commission im- mediately. This commission shall be au- thorized to report on such matters as the following: “1. Union and management relation- ship in the Douglas fir belt. “2. Wage practices in the area. “3. The general condition of the in- dustry. “4; The influence of seasonal and cli- matic conditions as they a f f e ct th e industry. “5. The problems of hazard. “6. The piece work practices now in effect. “7. Vacation practices and policies. “8. The possibilities for the stabilizai tion of the entire industry for theperiod' of emergency. . “Other relevant facts and situations which may be deemed important as the study prOgresses.’ “This commission shall ‘be charged with establishing any conclusions which develop? from the study and it shall re- port to the mediation board at the earl- iest possible moment. The board will (Paid Advertisement) 0 00000’00A00’00000000000 000 .0 0’v 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00.00.00.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00.”.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00‘0 0.00. 0 0’...» “0’ o o 9 0 0' 0 0’ 00.00.00.00.0 w’ ,-, __,_ 000 000 00000000000000000000 .00.00.00.00.00.00.00 00 00 00 00.00.00.00 00 00 00.00 00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0 0000 000 0 Board .a; Bum-Irons To the Unions and Operators in the local Lumber Strike, ‘which have been accepted by the Employers Negotiating Committee representing a" Northwest Industry, and in particular by the Simpson Logging Company. then be in a position to make positive and intelligent recommendations to the in- dustry in the interest of national de- '* tense. “Pending the finding of facts as indicated above the board proposes in the case now before it: “A. That the representatives of the I.W.A. unions accept: 1. The union maintenance agreement here offered-and the profer of the employ er s’ representatives to re- commend union membership to all new employes pending any further recommendations of the board. 2. The basic wage increase amount- ing to 71/; cents together with the schedule which gives a 121/; cents in- crease ‘across the board’ as of last September. 3. The revised vacation suggestion which reduces the 1600 hour proposal for the mills to 1400 hours and the 2 cent suggestion for logging camps. 4. The preposal'for a study by joint committees of the relation of . piece work to hazard. “B. That work be resumed pending the findings of the investigating com- mission and the final recommendation of the board with the understanding that any final proposal on wage rates or in- creases shall be retroactive to the time of resumption of work and any findings on vacation which affects payments of any kind shall also be retroactive as of the same time. “If this proposal is accepted by the parties now in dispute the board is hope- ful ? that within a comparatively short time a recommendation from this board will be found useful to the whole fir belt in establishing a pattern w h i ch will bring stability and unity to an industry of unique importance to our national de- fense. The time is here when the maxi- mum of intelligence and good will must be applied in an industry which h as lacked cohesion and unity and which is perhaps ready just now for a construc- tive plan of organization and operation. This undertaking cannot: be piecemeal and sporadic‘in a time of emergency. 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