Jewish butcher employers were yesterday offered the alternative of signing a contract containing the minimum demands of the employees’ union or facing a general strike. The move was unanimously decided upon yesterday at a general membership meeting of the Hebrew Butcher Workers Union at the Rand School, 7 East Fifteenth street.
More than 1,000 members of the union approved the contract read to them in detail by Louis Waldman, their attorney, and voted to empower the executive board to call a strike if necessary.
The contract to be offered the employers provides among other things: complete unionization of the industry, reduction of working hours to a maximum of forty-eight, a minimum pay of $8 a day, no discharge without due cause, and an equal division of work among unemployed Jewish butchers to be controlled entirely by the union.
ONE OWNER EMPLOYEE
A special clause in the contract bars more than one of the owners to work as an employee and is designed, Mr. Waldman explained, to do away with the so-called “partnerships” which enable the employers to bring in outside workers.