Metrowest Strike Ends

A month-long strike against the United Jewish Federation of Metrowest in East Orange, New Jersey, by 150 union workers has been ended by agreement on a new two-year contract. Howard Charish, Federation executive vice president, said the offices of the Federation and its affected agencies maintained services throughout the strike, which began September 17 and ended October 22, by use of managerial personnel.

Dora Fligel, chairperson of the union, Local 215, District Council 1707 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes (AFSCME), told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the new two-year contract provided for a salary increase of six percent for each year, or at least $13 per week more, for non-pro-fessionals — clerical and maintenance workers.

The contract also provides either six percent more or $800 more annually for professionals with a B.A. degree; and $1,000 more annually for professionals with an M.A. degree. Fligel also reported that existing medical and hospitalization terms were maintained. Charish confirmed the terms of the settlement.

The affected agencies were the Federation, the Jewish Counseling Serviec Agency, the Y and the Jewish Counseling Service Agency, the Y and the Jewish Vocational Service. All of the striking employes returned to work on October 22.

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