NEW YORK (Mar. 2)
Nine pickets, including a nurse, were arrested this morning as the 11-day-old strike of professional social workers and clerical and maintenance personnel at six Jewish casework agencies continued today, following the breakdown of weekend settlement efforts by the State Mediation Board.
The nine pickets were charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly blocking a truck attempting to make a delivery at the workshop of one of the agencies involved, the Altro Health and Rehabilitation Service, in The Bronx. The other agencies against which more than 1, 000 workers are on strike are the Jewish Board of Guardians, Jewish Child Care Association of New York, Jewish Community Service of Long Island, Jewish Family Service and the Louise Wise Services.
Leaders of the striking union, Local 1707 of the Community and Social Agency Employees, a section of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, said that the joint committee for the agencies has refused to entertain union demands on wages, hours, working conditions and union security. The strike has been under way since February 20, and two efforts to mediate, including a session held yesterday, have failed.