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Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) - February 9, 1939, Oakland, California
Tribune. Thursday. Few Torry 9. 1999 Westwood snarl tightens galls wage strike Plant closed indefinitely officials shift future violence blame to Norb Westwood. Feb. 48 hour truce in the . Dis Pute at the red River lumber co. Plant ended today and an . Wage strike against the company but there was no violence and no picketing. The . Faction called a membership meeting and company officials said they would Issue a state foment on the tangled situation. We Are sitting tight and there will be no violence or fighting so far As we Are said l. H. Fenton executive Board member of the . International Wood workers. A ban against the Sale of ammunition and firearms continued in this Mountain lumber town. The . Controversy in the meantime lapsed into a new but nervous truce. The red River Plant largest in the West was closed and . Unionists threat ened to file lockout complaints against the company unless its Mem Bers were put Back to work. Last night Apfl. Unionists de j cited not to picket the Plant today j and to extend the truce for another j Day or possibly indefinitely. Want 1937 pay level the . Group also decided that they would hot go Back to work until after an election had been held and the company had negotiated an agreement restoring 1937 wage Levels. . Officers said their action made certain the continued shutdown of the lumber establishment because the . Does not have enough members to operate it at the same meeting the . Local which claims 1800 members turned Down a proposal of the National labor relations Board for an election within 60 Days. They demanded an immediate vote. The same Compromise offer was rejected by the . Group which demanded that the Norb hold the election not less than 60 Days after All discrimination ask Olson election . Leaders proposed that governor Culbert l. Olson Call an elec Tion on employees Independent of the labor relations Board. Spokesmen for both Union factions held conferences with state Relief administration officials re Garding possibilities of extending state Aid to workers and their families in the event the lumber Plant remains closed for a Long period. The Lassen county delegation of Public officials announced that a conference with National labor relations Board representatives at Sacramento last night was a failure. In a signed statement the officials headed by sheriff Olin Johnson of Lassen county said that if violence does occur the responsibility for such acts should be placed squarely where it belongs and that is upon the officials of the nations labor relations the sheriff frankly admitted he expected trouble. Meeting with mrs. Alice m. Ros Siter regional director of the Norb and Jonathan Rowell at Torney for the Board the Lassen delegation was informed the labor Board was prepared to direct an election in 60 Days to determine whether the . Or . Should Fulp St Tony with workers at the red River lumber company. Co3ipliance remanded mrs. Rossiter told the delegation however the calling of the election at that time would have to be agree Able to All parties and there must be Complete compliance with the Board s orders in the meantime. The labor Board s proposal was met Here with opposition from both unions John , labor Board attorney at the scene of the dispute reported by Telephone to mrs. Ros Siter. The . Executive committee told Mcternan they had no Faith that the Norb would in fact hold the election within 60 Days and charged that the labor Board favored the ., the attorney said. Vandeleur states Case in wage dispute the following statement on West Wood has been issued by Edward d. Vandeleur executive Secretary of the California state federation of labor delegated to represent the american federation of labor in the matter by president William Green i am advised that the . Union in Westwood has issued a demand on t. S. Walker vice president and. General manager of the lumber com Pany for immediate restoration of 12% per cent in wages and the closed shop. The . Union has no alternative but to continue to demand what they would ask for under collective bargaining if they were not denied these rights by the National labor relations Board due to its arbitrary acts in stalling an elec Tion it is rightfully and justly accepted As a fact that the . Union has a majority and now seeks to re gain the unjust Cut in wages and ask for immediate restoration of wages. The Union has been delayed for eight months on account of the acts of the Norb and cannot be expected to wait another 60 Days with decreased wages for an election. I do not believe they should be asked to do so. . Furniture pact negotiated year contract signed by 15 stores Union new Council functions signing of a Union contract involving 400 employees in 15, Furni Ture stores was announced today by the san Francisco employers Council. President. Almon e. Roth said it was the first contract negotiated by the new Council and would continue in effect through the Exposi Tion year. Organized recently the Council is patterned similar unit affiliated with the Oakland plan. This is a Good Laboratory sex never had a juin Niess i with dinner j try and business and organized employees can adjust their differences amicably without loss to themselves or the said Roth. It is not As dramatic As strike news but it is the kind of news that we want to it s a Good contract for our Mem commented John d. Mckowan business agent of local 1285, retail furniture and appliance salesmen s Union. Wages Range from to a month under the contract office employees will work a 41-hour week and salesmen a 45-hour week with a Day and time and one half for overtime. Store hours will be from an. To pin. A seniority clause protecting the earned position of the employee and provisions for one week of vacation with pay after a year and two weeks after two years Are included in the contract store picket Case at Martinez tests labor code Martinez feb. 9.-Contra Costa s first court test of the labor code of 1935 was taken under submission by Superior judge a. F. Bray today As lie ordered attorneys in the injunction suit of the f. W. Woolworth company against two . Groups to submit their arguments and authorities in briefs. The Case originated in february 1938, when retail clerks Union no. 1179, placed pickets before entrances of the Martinez Branch store after its management had refused to sign a closed shop con tract and its six girl employees had assert edly declined to join the Union. Company witnesses testified that no undue influence had been exercised to discourage organization of their employees. Union attorneys moved for non suit which was taken under Adov Ortiz. I key Rosiea their defense solely on the constitutionality of labor s right to picket peacefully i am satisfied right to picket unless prohibited specific ally under the labor Bray said. Union Parley bared in strike negotiations broke Down says official in local picket Row fifteen colonial cafeteria employees were members of the Cul Inary workers Alliance prior to calling of the strike november 3, according to testimony in the record today of the injunction trial before Superior judge James g. Quinn. John a. Lee Secretary of the Union which the cafeteria seeks to enjoin from picketing told of a breakdown in negotiations last october As he concluded his Story late yesterday third Day of the trial. The witnesses said he called upon oust reds Auto Union warned . Chiefs denounce Martin for Rule or ruin . Washington feb. Ney Hillman and Philip Murray vice presidents of the cj.o., Dis closed today they had recommended that communists be made to keep their hands out of United automobile workers. They said this recommendation had teen Given to the Union s executive Board by the co ordinate ing committee of the Union and the ., which consisted of them selves and the two men who now Are rival presidents of the Auto Martin and r. 9 chinese sentenced for immigrant plot Choy Lam 50, received a 15 months sentence in san Francisco Federal court yesterday on a charge of per Juring himself to circumvent . Immigration Laws. Lam american citizen was alleged to have tried to claim Choy Quai 21, As his son when the youth arrived Here from China last october and to have told immigration officials that he Lam was in China during the period 1916 to 1920. Officials discovered that Lam registered for the selective . In 1918 Kinky Dink again to be on Council Chicago feb. Kenna the Kinky Dink of the famous political team of Kinky Dink and Bath House Coughlin was assured today of seat in the new City Council when his Only Kenna was an Alderman from first Ward for More than 40 years under the old system which provided two aldermen from each he retired in favor of Lin when the representation was Cut draft to one. Coughlin died last november. Only two More Days my Impi 01 Church to present Benefit vaudeville san Leandro. Feb. Bene fit vaudeville show will be Given at the san Leandro Broadmoor Community Church social Hall Dutton and Breed avenues next wednes Day night. Included will be 24 acts comprising the Best and largest program of variety Ever Given locally Accord ing to h. Dorsey Sloan chairman of the arrangements Commilee. Proceeds will be used to reduce the Church s building obligation Sloan said. Alaska ship tie up settlement seen Captain c. F. May. President of the master mates and pilots Union negotiating in the current tie up of Alaska vessels said he and a Union delegation would leave san fran Cisco by train for Seattle tonight to Confer with ship company officials probably Jack Bryan head of the Pacific american shipowners association said meetings in san Francisco formed a groundwork for return to work and for settlement of the six Day strike of licensed officers on Alaska ship lines. Captain May who made no fore cast As to an immediate end of the dispute said the Union delegates at the meetings got what he direct dealings with the companies in Bryan said his association b4d notified the Union that no further Gre negotiations could be held unless the men returned to work and that he was under the impression the Union delegation would urge the men to comply. Insufficient overtime pay filthy quarters for officers and Lack of separate Mes rooms were cited by Captain May or principal com plaints of the Union. J Mooney committee declared bankrupt the Mooney molders defense committee issued a letter under Thomas j. Mooney s signature to Day in san Francisco saying it was bankrupt and in debt. It j appealed to Honey s friends and supporters for contributions to carry on the fight to free Warren Sheet Metal firms closed in dispute All metropolitan Oakland Sheet Metal and Furnace shops were closed today As the result of a Dis Pute with the . Teamsters Union. Approximately 40 shops employ ing Between 225 and 300 Sheet Metal workers were said to be affected. Employer spokesmen said that shops had closed after teamsters picketed in support of demands that members of their Union be hired to drive Sheet Metal trucks. Charles w. Real Secretary Busi Ness manager of the Oakland local of the teamsters Union denied that picket lines had been established and declared that the controversy was limited to one concern. Team sters do not object to operation of Small trucks by Sheet Metal work ers he said but insist on jurisdiction Over trucks used in heavy hauling work. Ober 21, advising him that he represented certain workers. Cuenin said he wanted to see his attorney and told me to return the next Lee declared. I came Back the following Day and Cuenin stated that the employees Are forming their own the witness also reviewed efforts made by the Oakland plan to work out a settlement. On Cross examination by attorney Bestor Robinson Lee denied that the Union had sought to enforce a closed shop. In an Effort to prove that no labor dispute exists attorney Robinson placed William Hammond of clerical staff on the stand. Hammond Testi red that on january 11 the colonial cafeteria operating company transferred the business Over to the colonial cooperative cafeteria. The latter comprises a cooperative of 62 members. Formation of the cooperative according to the plaintiffs precludes the possibility of labor troubles inasmuch As no employees Are engaged. The Union however charges that the cooperative is a subterfuge de signed to prevent picketing As sought by injunction. Richard Liebman is appearing for the Union. Hearing on the application will be resumed tuesday. Cannery workers seek pay increase san Jose feb. Tives of local Cannery unions and Canning and packing plants will hold a series of conferences shortly on Union requests for an increase in the minimum wage scale to be paid during the coming season. T. M. Terrill Union official said unions were seeking a minimum of 62v2 cents per hour an increase of 10 cents Over the rate paid last year. hours will cd Down the Imine worked by individual employees. Terrill said. Terrill stated that a More rigid adherence to seniority rights will be sought by unions also. In a letter which they explained was designed to give Union Mem Bers the facts about the present struggle for leadership of the u.a.w., Hillman and Murray denounced Martin As a Man whose ruthless ambition drives him to wreck what he cannot noting that Martin recently had charged that the creation of the coordinating committee took away the Independence of the Union the . Officials said the committee was set up at Martin s request and that it was completely advisory. Before any recommendation of the commit tee could become effective they added it had to be approved by the . Executive Board. Expressing amazement that mar tin had recently denounced the coordinating committee the letter urged members of the Auto workers Board to turn away from the Dis Ruyters and the Legal Battle looms on wrecking shop Pittsburg Calif. Feb. 9. Possible Legal Battle Over location of a second hand wrecking establishment loomed in Pittsburg today As Henry Allphin proprietor of the business at sixth and York streets and Joe Flores owner of the build ing defied a committee from the City Council and refused to move. Flores according to councilman w. E Jones chairman of the com Mittee declared he was prepared to fight any action of the City to Force his moving. City attorney e. Walter Lynch was instructed by the Council to prepare an ordinance establishing a definite location for businesses of this Type and rezoning the area to prohibit wrecking shops in residential districts. Shell co., 3000 men in Union make pact negotiators for the Shell Oil com Pany reached an agreement in san Francisco last night on a wages and hours agreement which would affect 3000 Shell employees of the production manufacturing pipeline and natural gasoline departments stationed at various Points in the state. The agreement which must be ratified by the Union membership would become effective March 1. And continue for a year. Details of the agreement were not disclosed. The . Union was certified by the National labor relations Board As the collective bargaining agent for the employees in four of the company s departments on novem Ber 16, 1938. Fire hits Erie business area Erie a. Feb. Fire that raged four hours in the hear of Erie s downtown business District Early today destroyed one building and damaged another with a loss estimated at a drugstore and a women s dress shop were destroyed. I better hurry. The Sale ends saturday at 6 p. M. 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