It appeared late last night that the lockout of 450 slaughterers and workers in the kosher poultry markets would be ended by today, when Abraham Franzel, president of the Live Poultry Market Association, leading figure in the lockout, declared that “a conference with commission merchants is proceeding smoothly, and I expect a settlement.”
Tied up for the greater part of yesterday in the conference to which reporters were not admitted, Franzel would vouchsafe no statement as to precisely what settlement he expected.
The lockout was declared the day before yesterday by a number of market owners in Brooklyn avowedly to force down allegedly exorbitant prices which commission merchants were charging.
Various trade abuses were also charged, such as market owners being forced to pay one dollar each for chicken coops of which only thirty-five cents was refunded when the coop was returned.
Arthur Simon, special Health Department investigator in charge of Kashruth, was called back from a vacation by Mayor LaGuardia because of the trouble in the poultry markets, it was learned yesterday.
Leroy Peterson, supervisor of the Live Poultry Code Association, and William Fellowes Morgan, Market Commissioner, have delayed trips to Washington because of difficulties in the poultry industry. Both worked vigorously yesterday with a view to immediate settlement of the lockout, but neither could be reached for a statement.
A committee from Local 440, headed by Schrage Chodesh, president, will visit Mayor LaGuardia at eleven a. m. today to protest against the statement of Market Commissioner William Fellowes Morgan Jr. last week that poultry slaughterers and workers in poultry markets are being overpaid.