As UE Convention delegates considered the union’s policy on collective bargaining, they heard a dramatic report from the front-lines of struggle. Local 1114 members, joined by Intl. Rep. Tim Curtin, explained the issues at stake in the unfair labor practices at Coach and Car in Chicago, then five weeks old.
The company’s unlawful conduct, aimed at weakening the union’s bargaining position, was accompanied by the demand that 80 percent of the workforce accept a reduction of their wages to $6 an hour, said Guadeloupe Alva, bargaining committee and picket captain.
Temporary agencies supply the company with strikebreakers every day, prolonging the strike, he said.
'NO RETURN UNTIL VICTORY IS WON'
Octavio Morales, picket captain, and Alva declared that UE members are not going to return until victory is won.
Kim Peniska, Local 1187, made a successful motion that he pass the hat for the Coach and Car strikers. Peniska pointed out that he was on strike for nine months just two years ago and understood what the Local 1114 brothers were going through. "I’m putting my $10 in the hat," he declared. "Hang in there. There’s help on the way, right now!"
Gerry LaValley, Local 274, announced that his Greenfield, Mass. amalgamated local pledged $100. The collection raised $1,091.
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