NEW YORK (May. 18)
No movement toward a settlement appeared today as the strike of 500 employes of the Israel Bond Organization, begun at midnight last Friday, went into its fourth day. Two New York State mediators, Meyer Drucker and Solomon Kreitman, met with the disputing parties Friday but failed to avert a strike or to make any progress toward an agreement. Kreitman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that mediation efforts were continuing, “formally and informally” but no further meetings have been scheduled. Meanwhile, Local 1707 of the Community and Social Agency Employes, AFL-CIO, accused the Bond Organization management of trying to break the union, a charge vehemently denied by Bond spokesmen. The union’s executive director, Richard Morton, issued a statement today listing seven alleged counter-demands by management to support the charge, including the right of employee not to be union members. An Israel Bond Organization spokesman told the JTA that the demands attributed to management were either untrue or misrepresentations. The Bond spokesman said the agency’s campaign was continuing and up to now has not been seriously affected by the strike. He said Bond affairs and dinners took place on schedule without incident despite picketing in several major cities. The spokesman conceded that the effects of the strike would become serious if it is prolonged and would be felt in Israel. He said the Israel Bond Organization has the “full support” of the Israeli Treasury in the dispute. Eric Strong, a spokesman for Local 1707 told the JTA that he predicted a long strike. A strike against the Bond organization in 1967 lasted three days.