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Frank Kracik

Canning and Pickle Workers
Local No. 325
       "Brother Frank Kracik, International Organizer was killed in an automobile accident on June 10, 1944 while enroute to attend the International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.  The loss of this relentless fighter in behalf of his people, the working men and women, is felt deeply by all of us.
       Brother Kracik was known personally to many of us and those who worked with him in organizing the Heinz Plant in 1937 had the highest regard for his readiness and willingness to step in and help.  His loyalty and devotion to the organized labor movement gave inspiration to the workers who came to know him.  It was characteristic of him that he died in the line of duty.
       We are certain that Brother Kracik, could he speak now, would urge us not to sorrow for him but to carry on and to complete the job ahead of us.  It is in this way that we can best pay homage to one whose first thought was to his union, to the emancipation of his people from insecurity, and gave little thought to his own personal comfort.
       Local 325 extends their sympathy to Mrs. Frank Kracik on the sudden death of her husband.  May his soul rest in peace."
                *Article Source: 325 News, Vol. 1 No. 2, July 1944.

Hebrew Butcher Workers
Local No. 223
       "Local No. 223, known as the "Hebrew Butcher Workers Union of Pittsburgh, was formed over a year ago, through the efforts of the international organizers, Messrs. Frank Kracik and Joseph Marak.  It is the first time in Pittsburgh that Kosher Local was successful.  We have a signed contract with all the Kosher Butcher proprietors and our working conditions have increased tremendously thourgh the efforts of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of N.A.
       Our local consists of all the butcher workmen in the Kosher trade in Pittsburgh.  Our members show a great union interest, as shown by the attendance at our meetings.  Our contract is respected by our employers as we have had no serious troubles with them.  Great respect is shown by our employers for the international representatives.
       At present we are drawing up the new contract for 1941, which will conatain a decrease in the working hours and a betterment of some conditions.  We hope that it will be accepted as we believe that there is a better understanding between the employers and the workers through the medium of the Union."
                *Article Source: The Union Sentinel, December 1940.