The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 15, 1956 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 15, 1956
Page 2
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THURSDAY, If ARCH 18,19M BLTTHEVILL1 (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Enlongated Westinghouse Strike Hitting Workers Hard By WILLIAM A. SWARTWORTH PITTSBURGH (AP) — No matter how or whep the prolonged Westinghouse strike finally is settled, it may be years before the average worker gets on his feet again financially. Every day the strike rolls on now just means this "little guy" is squeezed that much harder. The best available: estimate of to- Box Office Opens 6:45 Show Starts 7:00 p.m. Admission loc & 35c At All Times LAST TIMES TONIGHT SINATRA... « a savage, sensation- hungry "killed SELECTED SHORTS FRIDAY & SATURDAY Double Feature OXUWBU P1C1W5 p They Rode ~ •. West MBKTFBAMIS OONKA REEB MYWYIM-Pflll MREY — AND — Serial "Sea Hound" No. 13 And Cartoon tal wages lost exceeds 100 million dollars. On the other side ol the picture, the company estimated early this month the strike had cost it about 250 million dollars worth ol business. Net income dropped more than 30 million dollars in 1956 compared with the preceding year and much of the drop was attributed to the strike. Nearly 5 Months It's been nearly five months since strikers have' had a paycheck; five months without a steady income. How have they managed? "We're not living high. But we're getting along. Nobody's starving, • n b b o d y's- but in the street, nobody's cold. You couldn't expect more." That capsule comment came today from Samuel Wilklns,chief ..union shop—stow a id atwesting^ house Electric Corp.'s East Pittsburgh plant, largest in the firm's iar-flung system and one of 40 struck since last October. "Anyone who has been cold or hjingry or in need of medical care, we've taken care of them," said Wilkins, a fitter employed by YOUR FRIENDLY THEATRE Northeast Arkansas' Most Popular Theatre AdvahceShowing Thurs.&Fri. at 7:15 and 9:00 p.m. .GLORIOUBI AND GKEATI ( I IIUll rtfHCtttm lit T : itm urni-mii PMEMISJ urn [TwtfffSCOPE I UO rjMHO JMCIUrti Ins. Cinemascope af Its Best Mr. and Mrs. Ben Craig, With Stereophonic Sound! Listen to KLCN at' 10:10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for Ritz & Roxy Program Announcements THURSDAY ond FRIDAY Find Your Name in Our Ad and Be Our Guesr to see "The Bottom of the Bottle" . Mr. and Mrs. Rene George THE OF THE BOTTLE BUDD7EER-«^ Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Holllngiworth f or . N«wt * C!n«m«eop« Shaft "llrHtday P*r»<lt" '•tr Westinghouse for 22 years. Biggest Unit By "we" he meant the AFL- CIO International Union of Electrical Workers and its biggest, most powerful Westinghouse unit, Local 601. At the start of the strike Oct. 17, the local counted some 10,000 members. In all ,the IUE called out 44,000 workers. Wilkins said he knew of no case where a Local 601 member was evicted, lost his home or had his auto repossessed—if he applied to the union for aid. Emphasizing that it was only a rough guess, Wilkins said he figured the union has spent about a million dollars for strike relief to the East Pittsburgh area. In addition to union aid, all strikers are eligible for government surplus food. Some receive public assistance (state relief). Many get help from friends and relatives. Others work part-time at odd jobs. Some have had windfalls in the form of federal income tax refunds and accrued vacation pay. Many took $100 loans from the- company last Christmas. Stopgan At best, though, these .are but stopgap measures providing the barest necessities. Strikers have had to use their savings and plunge deeply into debt to maintain a reasonable living standard —in spite of strictest budget econ- omies. Some workers have given up entirely and taken permanent jobs elsewhere. Wilkins estimates the' number at East Pittsburgh at "couple of hundred." For. the most part these were younger men with less than 15 years's service. The older men are planning to go back to Westinghouse. In Deep Among them is Russell Anderson, a graying middle-aged man with 20 years at Westinghouse as a wireman. Married and the father of two, Anderson says he's been a little more fortunate than some others. As he tells it: "We've gone into a hole—deep. We can't meet our current ex- penses, and have had to cash in our defense bonds and take a lot of credit. But we're not in so deep, that We can't work our way out— eventually. "At the beginning of the strike. I had a part-time job, but that fizzled out. My wife has worked one or two days a week and that's been a big help. Don't know what we'd have done otherwise. "One thing, our landlord hasn't pressed us at all. He says give him the money when I get it. Once I offered him the rent andl he said 'Keep it. You need it more than I do.'" Reid Courier New: Classified Ads SEED SOYBEANS Should be re-cleaned before planting! —Our cleaner removes all morning glorys, weed seed and foreign material. Charges for This Service Very Reasonable. HENDERSON SEED CO. S. Highway 61 Ph. POplar 2-2860 PC. 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