N.Y. Federation-uja Offices Open Despite Strike; Activities Proceed

Despite the two-week strike of unionized fund-raisers at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the refusal of 400 union members at the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York to cross picket lines set up at both agencies, both offices are open and functioning with executives and lay leaders, Ernest W. Michel, executive vice-president and campaign director for the joint Federation-UJA drive, said today.

A bargaining session between negotiators for the Federation and striking members of the Federation, held through early Tuesday morning, failed to produce a settlement of the walkout, The New York UJA office is not being struck, A year ago, the two agencies set up a joint fund-raising campaign in which 70 Federation fund-raising workers transferred to the New York UJA offices for the joint fund-raising. The employes are represented by District Council 1707, Community and Social Agency Employes local of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes.

Michel said the opening dinner of the joint campaign would be held next Tuesday night as scheduled and that all functions of the offices were proceeding, though with difficulty. A campaign spokesman said that since the labor dispute started, function have been held in the Long Island communities, Queens, Riverdale, Staten Island and Westchester, and that the Brooklyn division campaign opened yesterday. He said Vice-President Nelson A. Rockefeller and Mrs. Bess Myerson, former New York City Consumer Affairs Department director, were scheduled to speak at the major opening dinner next Tuesday.

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