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Shochtem to Strike for Wage Increase and Less Hours

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Rabbis from all parts of the city met last night at the hall of the Kosher Food Law Board at 66 West 114th Street in an effort to prevent the walkout of 300 shochtim. Rabbi Ben Zion Pearl was appointed Chairman of a committee which he will name and which will try to arbitrate the dispute today.

According to Jacob Rothman, their organizer, the men demand a $5 increase which would bring their wages up to $60 a week and a reduction of four hours in work, giving them a forty-eight-hour week. Rothman said the dealers had agreed to recognize the shochtim organization, but wanted to make an agreement with them similar to that in force during the last year. If the demands are not met, Rothman declared, there will be no kosher poultry killed after today.

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