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increases for our men wherever we could show the management that in other plants a higher rate was being paid for the same class of work. In most all cases we found that our men were getting better pay than the men doing the same class of work in other plants. Our committees have checked over a wide range of rates and to give you some idea of the scope of this part of our work I am attaching some figures indicating the number of employees and number of rates in our various departments.

Altogether, throughout the Weirton Steel Co., from figures compiled, there are over 1,400 rates. In the open hearth department, from which I am a representative-most of my work is confined to the open hearth-we have 75 rates. Some are tonnage rates and some are hourly rates.

Senator Davis. Does Weirton have a plant at Steuben ville? Mr. CONN. Yes; a tin mill. The CHAIRMAN. The figures may be introduced in the record without reading them.

(The figures presented by Mr. Conn are attached to the record as an exhibit as follows:)

WEIRTON STEEL Co. Report of activities of employees-representation plan for 6 months, July 1, 1933, to

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Mr. Conn. We believe that from the foregoing you can readily see that even if the American Federation of Labor should send fairminded investigators to Weirton, they would have to say that we are doing a job and doing it well.

On behalf of the representatives' committee of Weirton, I extend an invitation to you men to come any time and see for yourselves, sit in on our committee meetings, and judge for yourselves.

Many of our fellow workmen have worked under the same type of plan in various plants such as Bethlehem Steel Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron, and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. In all of these organizations the plan has been in existence for many years and doing a good job.

Senator Davis. Do you have dues in your organization?

Mr. CONN. We do not. We have entered into an agreement with the company so that they pay us 50 cents a head for every eligible voter to defray election expenses and the expenses of this organization.

That was placed in the hands of our secretary-treasurer, who is bonded for twice the amount of money, and who is responsible to the finance committee, on which a man was elected from each department in the mill.

Senator Davis. Is the secretary-treasurer a worker?

Mr. CONN. Absolutely; he happens to be a machinist in the machine shop of the steel works plant.

The CHAIRMAN. That 50 cents a head has accumulated as a fund? Mr. MADDEN. We are cutting it down in pretty good shape now. Mr. Conn. It was paid in one lump sum last fall and, as Mr. Madden says, we are cutting it down very rapidly.

Senator Dávis. What do you pay it out for?

Mr. Conn. We defrayed the cost of the election last fall, and such things as this junket coming down here.

Of course, in order to be elected and get down here, you have to persuade these others to send you down.

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