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Julius Loos

Despite the fact that he has figured prominently in the news recently, Julius Loos, secretary-treasurer of Typographical Union, No. 15 (AFL), since 1936, has a distinct aversion to personal publicity.

He is one labor union officer whose job in the union he deems far more interesting and important than himself as a person. Disclaiming an interest in a variety of outside affairs, he declared “my primary interest right now is my job.” That job concerns the affairs of 400 members of the typographical union in the city, of which not more than one member a year is lost for non-payment of dues.

“I want to help the union live up to its heritage and ideals,” he stated. “We strive, in addition,” he remarked, “to show employers that the union is an asset ... that the success of the industry is contingent on its stability.”

He feels that the union is only as strong as its treasury, which has shown a constant increase since he has held the office, although the interest of the members plays an important part in its growth.

Mr. Loos, who was born in Syracuse 41 years ago, apprenticed himself to the printers’ trade on the old Rochester Post Express after being tutored in high school subjects, attending night school and doing some work in the Extension Division of the University of Rochester.

Later, while employed as a linotype operator on the Times-Union, he held the office of vice-chairman of the newspaper’s chapel, starting 1923. In the year 1934 to 1935, he acted as associate editor of the Labor Herald under Editor Ed. Walsh. Since then, aside from his office in the Typographical Union, he has acted on the board of trustees of his union and served on various committees.

Recalling that his union is one of the oldest labor unions in the country and that it has had years of experience in its endeavors to benefit workers, he declared that the typographical union operates on a clearly democratic basis. The membership has a direct voice in all matters, he stated, while all changes are effected by referendum, affairs being run from the bottom, among the printers, compositors and type setters.

He listed among the fraternal services of the union pension and mortuary benefits and the maintenance of a home in Colorado Springs, where ill, dependent and aged members are cared for.

Commenting on the present disharmonious relations between the CIO and AFL, Mr. Loos put himself on record as opposed to fights between unions. “We want peace and harmony in labor,” he stated.

He admits to an inquiring interest in co-operatives and is a member of the Genesee Co-Operative.