Fish retailers, who have proclaimed a stringent boycott against the wholesale dealers in the trade because of allegedly exorbitant prices just preceding the Passover holiday, yesterday presented an ultimatum to the wholesalers in the form of a price scale which they demanded that the wholesalers accept.
Representatives of the wholesalers immediately went into conference to decide upon a course of action. The meeting, which was attended by about thirty representatives of the two groups was held in the offices of the Keystone Fish Company, 29 Peck Slip.
The United Retail Fish Dealers Association of Greater New York threatened that there would be a “fishless Passover” unless the wholesalers acceded to their demands for reasonable prices. About 700 retailers are members of the Association.
In the meanwhile a million and a half pounds of fish, worth approximately $150,000, is tied up by the strike.
Sol Wolpow, vice president of the retailers, asserted that the wholesalers must prove their good faith. He declared that there was no consistency on the part of the wholesalers in the price scales, and that retailers never knew from day to day what the prices would be.
Stanley Osterman, counsel for the wholesalers, replied that the group he represented would not give in to the retailers, because the retailers’ association might become too strong.
It is estimated that the wholesalers have lost $50,000 during the strike.