The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 18, 1944 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 18, 1944
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A.'.v MONDAY, SRPTKMUKR 18, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS \ PETITIO We, the undersigned regular employees of the Rice Stix Factory at Blytheville, Arkansas, wish to bring the following facts to the attention of the National Labor Relations Board and request its cooperation: 7. In our opinion, there has always been a majority of the tegular employees of Rice Stix at Btytheville, opposed to the unionization of our factory. J-. Ker/ard/ess of claims made by CIO organizers, there has never been any coercion or violence of any kind used to prevent the organization of the employees of this factory. The organizers have been permitted to freely contact employees without any interference for the past N/NF (9) months. 3. We feel that the management of Rice Stix factory has been perfectly fair to the union organizers and has followed an unbiased policy; they have not to our knowledge, at any time used their influence to oppose organization or to discriminate between union or non-union members. ' 4. Contrary to claims made by the CIO organizers, no meeting held by them has ever been broken up by Rice Stix employees or outsiders. To our knowledge, no Blytheville business man ever appeared at any of their meetings 01 uttered one word at any such meeting, or even indicated a desire to attend them. 5. We feel that, after N/NE (9) months of intensive effort, the CIO organizers (upon their own admission) had the election called off because they knew thai they did not have a majority; that purely American principles of fairness would dictate that, since a majority of the workers do not want a union, the CIO should be forced to leave Blytheville and cease their efforts to st,r up strife and discontent among peaceful, satisfied workers; and cease trying to promote suspicion between the management of Rice Stix factory and its workers; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That in view of Florence Crawford Alma James Mandis Sipes ..Rule .Fires... , Mqggie Howard Mat tie Bell Roberts Maxalma Gonklin Nancy Christian Lois More I and Bertha White Laverne Hall Viola Chenoweth Eunice Jarratt Be mice Ross Rosie Bailey Viola Haynes Millie Yates Lena Boyd Louise Sexton Sarah Moseley Mary Warren ; Ola B. Ellis Elizabeth Stafford Ruth Epps Cordelia Sylvester Maggie Anders Estella Coiston Ear line Williams Juanita Spataro Vera Davis Kate Bunch Mary Quails Ora Davis Geneva Killabrew Mary Beavers Alma Eubanks Bessie Murphy Gena Burns Thelma House Ethel Haynes Ruth Taylor Bessie Franks Do vie McCain Esther Thurmond V. Smith Vivian Davis- Floy Leggett Irene Davis Etta Marchbanks Rissa Helm Oleta Larkiss Dora Early Jonnie Thompson Bessie Pollard Fannie Webb Ella Lee Foster ' Marie Dewitt Sue Keeler Addie Maie Crowe Francis Parsley Ella Faye Wheat Grade Adams Virginia Woo Iyer-ton Jessie James Helen Chognon Maysill Grace Ola Crump Ruby Holbrooks Geraldine Hodge Maud Sydes Pauline Chism Edith Davidson Myrtle Knight Ella Leasure Pauline Byers Agnes Ellison Letha Doss . Charlie Thorn Lucinda Cole Ladrenia Glover Marie Rowel I Mildred Cathay Ethel Burks the above facts, we do hereby petition the National Labor Relations Board, that they protect the interests of the majority of the employees of this factory as diligently as they have strived to protect the interests of the CIO, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we (the undersigned) ask that the National Labor Relations Board order the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America CIO to cease their efforts at our factory and leave us to pursue our orderly endeavors in peace and harmony. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that each of us hereby sign this petition without force or coercion or persuasion from any source; that it is the free and unbiased expression of the undersigned, who represent a |iajority of the regularly employed workers afftice Stix Factory, Blytheville, Arkansas. \% Lynna Hudson Lela King Mary Akin .H"-.rH Houston , ... Thelma Ogle Imogene Fondren Hazel Rafo.r'm , Daisy Marler Jewell Danner Nettie White Cecil Tweed I e ,..„. Jim James ."'" Winona Crump Stirling Lowery Henry C. Porter Findlay Tremain Jadie Forshee ; Curtis L. Cole William Haynes A. J. Canada Bette Led better Emily Cromwell Wilma Snyder Mary Helms ZeldaDildy Louise Smith Cora Johnson Carolyn Lynn Aileen Sawyer Dorothy Glover Mary Sain Katherine Marrow Alice Montgomery '"Emly Lauderdale Allie Coleman Peggy Pierce Dorothy Shanks ( Maxine Leath Mahalie Raper Vivian Booles f_ ••« Stel la'B. Carter Hazel Zimmerman Ada Wei Is ,,LpuxQ.,Bracly , v ., „ h , Addie Mae Crowe Ophelia Afford Juanita Rine Mary Lightfoot .Verna Mae Poole Iva Lee Bynum Juanita Boyd Zunine Lee Kopnce .-LillieWoqd :: •xxVelmd White. .Edna Hoi I is , , Nola Ingram •.•>••. Ada Padgett- Max ine-Sweet Geneva Lunsford Catherine Hofiifield Mamie Tremain Imogene Woodson Opal Raper Myrtle Johnson Marguerite Shipp Agnes Jackson Beatrice Hall Thelma Johnston Clara McElhaney Exie Epps Opal Mae Riggs Amy Austin Mary Louise Wagnon Wm. Sonny Bolin Roy Moore J. P. Delaney Mary Alice McDermott lona Moseley Minerva Pjnkley Florence Anderson Faydean York Millie M. Hollowqy • -

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