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18 Jewish Community Centers in New York Close in Dispute with Union

Three of the largest YM-YWHA’s in the country–the 92nd Street ‘Y,’ Washington Heights and East New York–were shut down today, and 15 other Y’s and Jewish community centers throughout the New York City will be closed down for an indefinite period beginning tomorrow, due to a dispute between the Associated YM YWHA’s of New York and Local 1707 of the Community and Social Agency Employees Union.

Announcement of the shutdown was made today by Edward First, chairman of the Joint Agencies Negotiating Committee, with which the union has been conducting talks since last February in an attempt to reach agreement on higher wages for its 350 members. The members include professional social workers as well as maintenance and clerical workers.

According to the management group, the professional workers were offered pay increases ranging from an additional $1, 350 a year to $1,480 a year, while clerical and maintenance workers were offered weekly increases of $5.12.

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