26/11/1941 costello, mark p.
STRIKE TRUCE CALLED By A.F.OFL PACT SIGNED AT MIDNIGHT AT MEETING IN COURT HOUSE; PLANT RUNNING OVER 550 EMPLOYES ARE BACK ONPAYROLLS TODAY Adjustment Is Result of Efforts of Rev. N. J. Berg, Mayor Miller, M. P. Costello lie" said in the and by . Efforts of Rev. Father N. J. Berg, of St. Joseph's church. Mayor Earl E. Miller, and Mark P. Costello, of the Illinois department of labor, to bring about a peaceful adjustment of the strike which has been in [progress at the Burgess Battery j company plant in Freeport since Oct. 13, culminated in success shortly before midnight last night when representatives of the International International Association of Machinists' Lodge No. 1096, American Federation Federation of Labor; the president of the Burgess Battery company, and a mediator from the Illinois state department department of labor, signed a strike settlement agreement. Following a series of conferences which Father Berg and Mayor Miller held the past several weeks in Freeport and Chicago with the various parties in the controversy and the state mediator, an agreement agreement was reached last night at a meeting in the court house whereby "all employes are to be returned to work without discrimination . . . pending negotiations before the Defense Mediation board and proceedings proceedings under the national labor relations act. Principals Sign Pact The agreement was signed by Joe W. Ramsey, international repre: sentative of the international Association Association of Machinists, representing the A. F. of L. union; D. W. Hirtle, president of the Burgess Battery company, and Mark P. Costello mediator from the Illinois state department Ipf labor, who was instrumental instrumental In drafting the pact in Chicago yesterday. The proposed the th" the red hts allay up nis - . agreement was brought out here last night by Mr Ramsey and Mr. Costello. It had been prepared in Chicago following a series of conferences there between between the various parties, Mr. Ramsey, Father Berg, Mayor Miller. Mr. Costello, Dr. C. F. Burgess, head of the Burgess Industries, and the attorney for the company. During the early part of the meeting in the court house last evening, called earlier in the day by the state labor department for the Burgess employes, Father Berg and Mayor Miller said they had been in almost continuous conference in Chicago from • Monday morning until Tuesday afternoon, with but less than five hours' rest Monday night. Mayor Miller and Father Berg returned to Freeport earlier hi the day, and Mr, Ramsey and Mr. Costello arrived about 9:40 o'clock last night with the proposed agreement, agreement, which the principals signed shortly before midnight. The Agreement Transcript of the agreement, the title of which is "Strike Settlement Agreement," and read by Mr.' Costello, Costello, follows: Strike Settlement Agreement "To bring about a peaceful adjustment adjustment of the existing strike against the Burgess Battery company, Freeport, Freeport, Illinois, by the International Association of Machinists' Lodge he of