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Dorado local No. 706. Lance Grey specifically understood that he was not required to pay any amount into local 706, but that the $2.50 he was paying amounted to a voluntary contribution. I received Lance Grey's money and talked with him about it and I know that he understood this perfectly well. There was also another man in my crew, whose name I believe was W. C. Elam. He was a journeyman. He was also a member of the Pine Bluff local and he only paid the sum of $2.50 a week as he fully understood that he was not required to pay the $3.50 per week as were the members of local 706, but that he could pay anything that he wanted to or nothing and he chose to pay as a voluntary contribution into local 706 $2.50 per week. The money that collected from Lance Grey and all the other members of my crew or anybody else from whom I collected money received a receipt for this money. There were no exceptions whatsoever. Whether they be a member of local 706 or not, they would get a receipt for any moneys which they paid to me to turn over to local 706.

I remember that they had a meeting of the men working on this job at the park which was held to get certain matters straightened out concerning this voluntary contribution and the 706 assessment. However, I did not attend this meeting and do not know who was there or what was said.

I wish to further state that no one ever told me "Red" Yocum or Earl Griffin or anyone else that every man on the job was to pay a $3.50 working assessment or they were to be run off the job. Nothing like that was ever said in any of the meetings which I attended and no one ever told me anything like that and nothing like that ever occurred on the job. I never turned any money over to “Red” Yocum to bring into the local union hall. All the money which I collected I turned over to George Wolfe to bring into the union hall. I never brought any of this money into the union hall personally, but always turned over what I had to George Wolfe.

I was in fairly regular attendance in the membership meetings of local 706 and I remember several meetings which I attended around Christmastimes of the various years wherein someone on the floor would make a motion that the officers of the local union would be requested to get Christmas presents for various people who had assisted the membership of local 706 in securing employment over the United States and in and about the local area. I do not remember this matter ever coming up when it was not passed and I do not remember anybody ever opposing it on the floor because it was merely an expression of gratitude of the membership for certain people assisting them during the previous year in securing employment on various jobs.

It is not true that people are discriminated against for making any statements which they so desire at union meetings. I have had more disagreements with Earl Griffin than anyone that I know of and I have had some pretty hot arguments with him about certain things I disagreed with him about, but he has never discriminated against me with regard to employment. I do not know of anyone else that he has discriminated against and every man in this local union can get up on the floor and express his views about anything which he desires to talk about or bring anything up on the floor which he desires to have discussed without fear of being discriminated against. I have always felt free to do this, I have done it, and I have never been discriminated against, and I know of no one else in this local union who has been discriminated against for this reason or for any other reason.

I have read the foregoing statement and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

HOMER ANDRESS. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 4th day of October 1960. [SEAL]

ANNIE L. LEE,

Notary Public. My commission expires January 17, 1963.

EXHIBIT No. 63

AFFIDAVIT OF JOHN W. GARLINGTON

STATE OF ARKANSAS,
County of Union, ss:

My name is John W. Garlington and I have been a member of local 706 for many years. In 1952 I began working on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job for BlawKnox Construction Co. I was a foreman of the material warehouses. Most of

the time I had 10 men under me to perform this work. I would collect the weekly assessment of $3.50 per week from local 706 members who were obligated to pay this working assessment under the bylaws of the local union. I was told by Mr. Yocum, the job steward, to give receipts to local 706 members only as the money paid by members other than 706 was a voluntary contribution on the part of such men. Some of the men under my jurisdiction were not local 706 men and I made it clear to them that they were not required to pay this $3.50 a week working assessment as local 706 men were, but if they wanted to volunteer this amount or any other amount, it would be accepted. No one ever told me or told anyone else in my presence that all persons working under the jurisdiction of the Plumbers and Steamfitters had to pay this $3.50 per week working assessment or they would be eliminated from the job. I remember one man by the name of B. A. "Shorty" Maples, who was not a member of local 706, who was working under my jurisdiction, that never did pay this $3.50 or any other amount into local 706. This man was not eliminated from the job. There was one other fellow in my crew, whose name I do not remember, who did not pay anything into local 706 while he was working under my jurisdiction and he was not eliminated from the job.

I remember Mr. Earl Griffin, the then business agent of local 706, calling a meeting at a park near the Pine Bluff Arsenal jobsite and explaining to the several hundred people present that only 706 men were required to pay this working assessment of $3.50, but that if anyone else desired to make a voluntary contribution, it would be accepted. It is my understanding that this meeting was called to stop the rumors that everyone on the job was required to pay the $3.50 working assessment. Mr. Earl Griffin further stated at this meeting that if anyone had paid the $3.50 into local 706 with the understanding that they were required to do so to hold the job, that if they would make an application for a refund that any moneys that they had paid into local 706 would be refunded to them.

I have been in attendance of the meetings of local 706 fairly regularly and know of no reason that anyone who was a member of local 706 and entitled to sit in the meetings could not get up on the floor and express their opinions about any subject which came before the meeting or about any subject which they desired to bring before the meeting.

As far back as I can remember, every year the subject of local 706 giving Christmas presents to various persons would come before the meeting and it is my recollection that upon each occasion the officers of the union were authorized to purchase Christmas presents for various persons who were in a position to assist the membership of local 706 in securing employment.

I have read the foregoing in the presence of Mr. Rush Hooten, the circuit clerk of Union County, and state that the same is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief on this 28th day of September 1960.

JOHN W. GARLINGTON. Subscribed and sworn to before me on this 28th day of September 1960, at the courthouse in Union County, Ark. [SEAL]

RUSH HOOTEN, Circuit Clerk.

EXHIBIT No. 64

AFFIDAVIT OF KEITH RIPLEY
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
County of Union, 88:

My name is Keith Ripley, and I live at El Dorado, Ark. I am a member of local 706 and was a foreman on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job for Blaw-Knox Construction Co. when the Pine Bluff Arsenal was under construction.

Some months ago I was contacted by a Mr. Duffy and he asked me to come to his hotel room to give a statement. I went to Mr. Duffy's hotel room and after he showed me his credentials he asked me to sign an affidavit which he had already prepared. I refused to sign this affidavit unless he would make certain changes therein. After Mr. Duffy made some changes in the affidavit and after he told me that I would be subpenaed to Washington if I did not sign it, I signed the affidavit. Mr. Duffy did not give me a copy of the affidavit.

During the time that was a foreman on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job it was understood by me that anyone who was not a member of local 706 was not under an obligation to pay the $3.50 working assessment but that the other pipefitters and plumbers who were working on the job could make a voluntary contribution if they so desired. Some of the people made a voluntary contribution and some of them did not. I know of no one who was discharged, laid off or terminated from the Pine Bluff Arsenal job because they did not pay this $3.50 whether they were members of local 706 or nonmembers.

I remember going to a meeting which was called for the plumbers and pipefitters who were working on the project at a park near the project but I do not remember what was said at this meeting.

No one ever told me or ever made a statement in my presence that all the men on the job working in the steamfitters' jurisdiction would be required to pay this $3.50 per week working assessment.

I do not recall the names of these men but I know some of the men working on the job did not pay this $3.50 per week and they were never terminated.

I have been in attendance at local union meetings when the subject of Christmas presents came up, and the body always voted to authorize the officers of the local union to make certain Christmas gifts to various people.

I have always been able to express my opinion upon any matter which came before the local union, as well as any one else who attended the meetings of the local union. I know of no one who has ever been discriminated against at a meeting for expressing his opinion contra to the opinion someone else in the local union might have. I do not know of any discrimination of any officers of the local union against the membership.

I have read the foregoing statement, and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

KEITH RIPLEY. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28th day of September 1960. [SEAL]

EMMA JEAN CALLOWAY,

Notary Public. My commission expires June 15, 1961.

EXHIBIT No. 63

AFFIDAVIT OF H. C. BURNS
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
County of Union, ss:

I am a member of local 706 and during 1952 and 1953, I was a foreman on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job in Pine Bluff, Ark. I was working for Blaw-Knox Construction Co. which was building the project for the Government. During the time I was foreman I collected money from the men in my crew for the $3.50 assessment from members of local 706. It was understood by me and all the men under me that the nonmembers were not required to pay this assessment but that if they desired to make a voluntary contribution to local 706 it would be accepted. Some of the men in my crew made the voluntary contribution and some of them did not. At the present time I cannot remember any names of any men who did or did not make this contribution who was not a member of local 706.

I did not attend the meeting which was held by Mr. Earl Griffin to explain that the nonmembers of local 706 were not required to pay this working assessment.

At no time on this job do I recall anyone being let out because of the fact that they had not made this $3.50 per week payment. This applies to both members of local 706 and people who were working on the job who were not members of local 706.

I have been in fairly regular attendance at the local union meetings and have always been under the impression that anybody could make any statement they wanted to upon any question which came before the meetings. I have never refrained from expressing my views or opinion upon any question before the membership at any meeting regardless of the fact that my views might not have agreed with the views of someone else. I know of no one who has been discriminated against by the officers of local 706 for expressing their views on the floor or on any question which might arise or for any other reason.

I remember that at some of the meetings that I attended a discussion would come up about giving Christmas presents to various people who were in a position to help members of local 706 obtain employment. Every time this question came up while I was in attendance it was always favorably received and the officers were authorized to give these Christmas presents to such persons.

I have read the foregoing statement and it is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

H. C. BURNS. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28th day of September 1960. (SEAL]

WANDA WASHINGTON,

Notary Public. My commission expires October 1, 1961.

EXHIBIT No. 66

AFFIDAVIT OF R. J. GARRETT
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
County of Union, ss:

My name is R. J. Garrett and I reside at El Dorado, Ark. I have been a member of local 706 for a number of years and was employed on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job as a pipefitter foreman.

Under the rules of local 706 the members of local 706 when they work a full week are required to pay a working assessment of $3.50 per week into the local union. This has been true for a good many years and is still true. During the construction of the Pine Bluff Arsenal job I was a foreman for the Blaw-Knox Construction Co. and made the collection of this assessment from the men under my supervision. At no time were any of the men who were not members of local 706 told that they had to pay the $3.50 assessment each week or that they would be terminated. No one told me or made any such statement in my presence that money was to be collected from the nonmembers of local 706 unless such people voluntarily wished to contribute to local union 706. Local union 706 had jurisdiction over this job and the expenses of policing the job, securing better hours, wages, and working conditions during this period of time fell upon the shoulders of the officers and members of local union 706.

I have been a regular attendant at the meetings of local 706 and know that each year around Christmas time the officials of the local union have been authorized to buy and give Christmas presents to various people who have helped the membership of local 706 secure employment when there was not sufficient employment in the El Dorado area to employ all of its members.

I know of no one in local 706 who has ever been discriminated against because he has a different view upon any subject than the officers. On many occasions there have been some strong arguments on the floor about various subjects which have been brought on the floor and I assume that everyone felt as I did that every member of local 706 was entitled to express his opinion on any matter which came before a meeting of the union or bring up any matter which he felt should be discussed at a union meeting. As a matter of fact, there is a certain time set aside in the conduct of the union meeting wherein anyone is invited to bring up any subject for the good and welfare of the union and have it discussed thoroughly.

I know of some meetings held of the employees on the Pine Bluff Arsenal job near the jobsite concerning the fact that no one was required to pay the $3.50 a week working assessment in order to hold his job on this project. I did not attend these meetings as I felt that I was thoroughly familiar with that matter and I never attempted to collect any money from nonmembers of local 706, but did receive some from such persons as a voluntary contribution. I am sure that there were men in my crew who did not pay this $3.50 working assessment who were members of local 706 and they were never terminated. I am also sure that there were nonmembers of local 706 who were working in my crew who never paid this $3.50 per week assessment and they were never terminated. I know of no one who was ever terminated for the nonpayment of this $3.50 working assessment, whether he be a member or nonmember of local 706.

I also know that the subject of giving Christmas presents to various persons was brought up at various local union meetings and the membership always voted to authorize the officers to purchase such Christmas presents and deliver them to people who had assisted the members of the local union in securing employment.

I have read the foregoing and state that the same is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief on this 28th day of September 1960.

R. J. GARRETT. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28th day of September 1960. [SEAL]

WANDA WASHINGTON, Notary Public. My commission expires October 1, 1961.

EXHIBIT No. 67

AFFIDAVIT OF "RED" EVANS
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
County of Union, ss:

I live at El Dorado, Ark., and at the present time I am piping superintendent of Wilson Hargett Construction Co. I am a member of local 706 and have been such for several years. During the construction of the Pine Bluff Arsenal by Blaw-Knox Construction Co. I was a piping superintendent for this company. At no time did anyone ever state in my presence or ever state to me that anyone on the job had to pay a $3.50 working assessment in order to remain employed by Blaw-Knox Construction Co. Although I cannot remember their names at this late date, I know that some of the men under me did not pay this $3.50 per week and that they were never discharged for the nonpayment thereof. I know of no one who was discharged for the nonpayment of this $3.50 per week to local 706.

There is a provision in the bylaws that the members of local 706 are required to pay a working assessment when they work a full week, but if these men failed to pay this working assessment they were not terminated from the job, but were required to pay the assessment before their dues would be accepted in the local union.

I know of no one who has been discriminated against in the local union for expressing his opinion on any matter which came before the local union meeting. I have always felt that I was free to express my opinion on any subject, whether or not my opinion agreed with the opinion of Earl or Ermon Griffin or anyone else.

With regard to the hiring situation at Blaw-Knox, some people would come out on the job and hire in and after working a day or two and not being able to find suitable accommodations for themselves and their families in Pine Bluff or for other reasons would leave the job. These men were still carried on the payroll records until the superintendent was able to give them a termination because of a reduction in force. Blaw-Know was required by the Government to have so many pipefitters on this job and when people would be sick or leave the job they would still be carried on the records as an employee, but, of course, would not be paid for the time when they were not actually working. This fact would, of course, show that there were so many people on the payroll, but it would not necessarily mean that they were being paid or that they were working on the job. Blaw-Knox was trying to get qualified pipefitters wherever they could at this particular time in order to keep the job manned and they would only have a reduction in force at intervals according to the progress made on the job. When there was a reduction in force permitted, then these people who had already left the job for one reason or another would be shown as having been terminated because of a reduction in force.

I remember on several occasions when I have been in the union meetings that the question would come up concerning the giving of Christmas presents to various people and the officers of the union were authorized to do so by the membership.

I have read the foregoing and state that the same is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief on this 28th day of September 1960.

"Red Evans,

M. L. EVANS. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 28th day of September 1960. [SEAL]

C. W. DANCER, Notary Public, My commission expires March 23, 1963.

62255-61-18

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