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July 12, 1955 - Image 5

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TESDAY, JULY 12U 1955derMInstrN
Wind unnel Under Construction

PERSPECTIVE-A University coed standing next to a segment of
the huge wind tunnel under construction on the new North
Campus gives an idea of the gigantic size of the structure when

-Daily-Hal Leeds
ON THE INSIDE - A camera gets an inside view of the wind
tunnel being constructed for the University's aeronautical engi-
neering center on the new North Campus. Only two sections of
the huge tunnel are pictured here.

Labor Unions Buying Land in Capital To Examine

WASHINGTON (R)-Labor un-
ions are buying up some of Wash-
lngton's choicest real estate to es-
tablish new headquarters.
The unions figure they are in
i business to stay and that part of
their business is being close to the
seat of government to make their
voice heard where it can do the
most good.
So every few months or so an-
other labor organization decided
to move to Washington. Or one al-
ready here decides to get its own
building. The real estate agents
trot out their million- dollar loca-
tions. Before long another moder-
nistic labor office building is put
under construction.
Close +o White Haus,
host or the new union hiad-
quarters sites are close by the
White House or Capitol, as shown
by the accompanying detailed
The new three-million-dollar
t structure being built by the Amer-
ican Federation of Labor next door
to historic St. John's church,
where many presidents have wor-
shipped, is just across Lafayette
Park from the White House.
The CIO already is a White
House neighbor. Its building also
borders Lafayette Park. So does
the headquarters of a business or-
ganization, the U.S. Chamber of
k Commerce.
After the expected AFL-CIO
merger goes through, the CIO may
move into the AFL's new, many-
windowed eight-story building.
Trend Increases
Union real estate buying in
Washington has been going on
for years. But the trend seems to
be increasing.
It may be symptomatic of grow-
ing union political power, or at
least an intent to exercise more
political influence.
- Unions seem to 100 kon Wash-
ington property as a good invest-
ment. They usually have substan-
tial amounts of cash but often
give mortgages against future dues
collections, a risk the lenders ap-
parently feel is a good one.
Part of the union building spree
comes from a need for more space.
Unions have acquired more mem-
bers and new functions such as
pension, health and other insur-
ance plans and research, legal and
educational activities.
Fo rexample, when the AFL
moved into its present building, a
Hotel Sued
For Letting
Guest Sleep
NEW YORK (P) - How much is
it worth to be awakened in the
A Milwaukee businessman fig-
ures he is entitled to $500,000 from
the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel be-
cause, he charges, it failed to wake
him and he missed a profitable
Frederick G. Osborne, Jr., de-
scribed in papers filed in State
Supreme Court as a ┬░merchandiser,
is suing the hotel as an aftermath
of a six-weeks stay this spring.
He said he left specific instruc-
tions May 6 to be called at 9 a.m.
for an appointment "which would
have enabled me to realize a con-
siderable profit."
He wasn't called, he missed the
date, and suffered a substantial
financial loss, he said.

bit off the beaten path of down-
town Washington, the federation
had only about two million mem-
bers. Now it has about 10 million
and if it absorbs the CIO, will
have approximately 15 million.
Cheaper To Build Thin Rent
Unions also feel that as long
as they are here and have a con-
tinuing and growing need for
space it may be cheaper in the
long run to build their own place,
even though it runs into millions,
than to pay rent. Some over-build
for immediate needsand rent to
The lushest union building yet
is the four-million-dollar job just
being finished for the AFL Team-
sters. Its moden marble facade
looks right out on the Capjitol
It's said the teamsters gave
brother AFL building trades union
members fits during construction
by fussing worse than any flut-
tery female, changing their minds
and ordering walls knocked out
and replaced, colors changed and
so on.
ion official's office was planned to
harmonize with his individual
tastes and personality. There is a
The decor for each teamster
union official's office was planned
to harmonize .with his individual
tastes and personality. There is a
penthouse lounge and a 650-seat
Bargains Only with Congress
Nearby is the gleaming niew
$1,800,000 building of the AFL
Letter Carriers. This union does all
its wage bargaining with Congress
-something union officials can
scarcely forget with every -office
window facing the nation's Capitol
The AFL Machinists are build-
ing a 10-story, 2% million dollar
new headquarters. The CIO Elec-
trical Workers are investing $750,-
000 in a seven-story building. The
AFL Operating Engineers plan a
six-story, two-million dollar struc-
Some unions are purchasing ex-
isting buildings. The AFL Retail
Clerks moved here fromn Lafayette,
Ind., and bought one for $1,200,000
across the street from the May-
flower Hotel. The AFL Plumbers-
Pipefitters have bid to buy the
AFL's present headquarters.
The CIO Steelworkers, now



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