N.Y. Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Union Start Talks

A full-scale bargaining session between negotiators for the New. York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and striking members of the Federation, from Monday until 3 a.m. Tuesday, ended with no settlement of the two-week strike which has closed the offices of both the Federation and the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York. The UJA office is not on strike. New talks have been scheduled, both sides said.

A spokesman for the Federation said a definite offer had been put on the bargaining table during the long session, covering issues of wages, contract duration and other elements. A spokesman for District Council 1707, Community and Social Agency Employees local of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the offer had been rejected by the local’s negotiating committee as unsatisfactory.

A total of 150 fund-raising workers walked out of the Federation offices on Nov. 5 and 400 unionized workers at the New York UJA offices refused to cross picket lines, forcing closing of the New York UJA office. On Nov. 10, the 400 union members in the New York UJA office joined the picket lines in front of both offices. The union-Federation contract ended last July 1. The New York UJA contract continues until Jan. 31.

A year ago, the two agencies set up a joint fund-raising campaign in which 70 Federation fund-raising workers switched to the New York UJA offices for the joint fund-raising. The union spokesman said the negotiations were extremely difficult because negotiations were underway simultaneously for the Federation workers and for those in the joint campaign. (By Ben Gallob)

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