Wholesale and retail poultry dealers, now on strike against a trucking and coop hire monopoly, are seeking the cooperation of the Federation of Kosher Butchers of Greater New York, whom they have asked to join them in a sympathy shut-down.
At a conference between representatives of both groups, the poultry men argued that simultaneous action would be in the interests of New York’s 5,000 kosher butchers and the general public, since it would eliminate many trade abuses and would result in lower prices to retail meat dealers and to consumers.
The Federation board of directors now has the question under advisement. Officials of the butchers’ organization pointed out, however, that if poultry men and meat dealers were to be on strike at the same time, the kosher-buying public would find itself deprived of both meat and poultry.
The Federation also is faced with two additional problems. Some time ago it decided to boycott the “Big Four” packing houses in protest against high wholesale meat prices. This decision was held in abeyance, pending the outcome of a hearing in Washington last week relative to the kosher butchers’ request for a separate NRA code.
Action on the boycott now awaits the decision of General Johnson and his aides, and it is felt that a sympathetic strike at this time might complicate these other matters.