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Chain Butchers Placate Union, Avert Walkout

A long impending strike was averted yesterday when the New Deal Kosher Butcher Bosses’ Association renewed its contract with the Hebrew Butcher Workers Union at the office of Louis Waldman, union attorney, following twenty-four hours of negotiations between the two groups.

The union was to have effected a walkout Thursday morning. The association, which includes market, market section and chain store butchers already had made plans to combat the strike.

With the formal signing of the agreement today at union headquarters, 231 East Fourteenth street, all labor troubles between employees and butchers will be brought to a close. Independent butchers already have signed agreements with the union.

Included among the important clauses of the contract is the stipulation providing for complete unionization of the industry. It also provides for a closed shop.

A minimum wage of $40 weekly for butchers and $50 for managers is another feature. Hours are reduced from fifty-five to fifty-two weekly, with overtime limited to three hours.

The contract also stipulates that there may not be discharges without cause. Before an employer may discharge an employee he must write to the union stating his reasons. If the union rejects the reasons, the entire matter is to be turned over to a committee of three, headed by Dr. Henry Moscowitz. This committee will have final say.

Another controversy between the two groups was settled when the union granted the association both a collective agreement and individual agreements. Previously the union had refused to grant the association a collective agreement.

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