The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 27, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 27, 1954
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THURSDAY, MAT 2T, 1954 BLYTHEVTLLB fARK.) COURIER HEWS mtsi Old I LA Union Gets Indecisive Victory In NLRB Dock Vote NEW YORK GB — The old International Longshoremen's unioa has won an indecisive margin over its AFL rival in a National Labor Relations Board election and the final result hinges on challenged ballots. The situation today is about the same as it was five months ago when the racket-tainted ILA had a vote edge over the newly formed AFL-ILA. That NLRB election was scrapped because ILA adherents employed strong-arm tactics and intimidation at the polls, with brawls and bloodshed generating terror on the waterfront. In yesterday's new election, almost everybody played the part of a perfect Gentleman. Heavy details of police — 2500 -on special duty in New York City and about 500 others on the New Jersey side of the port — had little to do. NLRB Regional Director Charles T. Douds said the election was the "most orderly" he had ever seen. The NLRB announced last night that the ILA held a lead of 319 votes over the APL-ILA in the bitter struggle for certification as bargaining agent for the Port of New York's dockworkers. There were 1.797 challenged ballots, and Douds said it may take from six weeks to two months to investigate and tally them and decide the winner. Spokesmen for each union predicted victory after the challenged ballots are counted. It was not possible to learn how many of them had been challenged by each union. Watched Closely The election here was being closely watched in several Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports where the TLA and the AFL-ILA have an estimated 23,000 eligibles, and it gave this count of the paper ballots: IL A 9.110 AFL-ILA 8,791 Neighter union 51 The AFL-ILA—established by the AFL after it kicked out the ILA in September for failure to rid'it- self of racketeering elements — was 1,492 votes behind the 62-year- old ILA in the previous voting Dec. 22 and 23. There were 4,399 challenged ballots, however. Dockworkers here can't get a contract with the New York Ship- ping Assn., representing 170 shipping and stevedoring firms, until either the ILA or AFL-ILA is certified .by the NLRB as bargaining agent. Orphaned from the AFL, the ILA got considerable financial assistance in its vote campaign from John L. Lewis, head of the United Mine Workers. But ILA funds still ran low, and a few days ago a federal judge appointed a receiver for its $12,000 bank account. The receivership was part of the government's efforts to assure payment of a &50,QOO contempt of court fine imposed for violating a federal antistrike injunction by a walkout earlier this year. ILA Executive Vice President Patrick J. Connolly estimated last night that 1,500 of the 1,797 ballots challenged in yesterday's election were filed by the AFL-ILA against ILA adherents. Connolly demanded that the election results be certified without delay so the ILA could negotiate a contract with the employers. He hinted at a new strike if the NLRB engaged in a protracted hearing. Kindness Pays Off For Mailman PHILADELPHIA Iff) — Postman John McKalvey always had time to stop for a friendly chat with Mrs. Lydia Wood Baily, an 80- year-old widow whose mansion was located on his route. His friendly smile meant a lot to the lonely old lady from the time he started delivering mail to the 8175,000, 15-room home in suburban Wayne eight years ago. McKalvey brought his wife to meet, sit and chat with and read to Mrs. Baily. In 1952, they moved in temporarily with her to care for her after she suffered a heart attack. She died earlier this month. When her will was probated, it left the home to the McKalveys. The bright red star Betelgeuse, in the constellation Orion, is more than a million times as big as the sun. Judge Puts End To Repair Noise DENVER tfi — Dist. Judge William A. Black halted a roofing job at the City and County Building yesterday, saying the noise disrupted his courtroom. He ordered two men in charge of the roofing crew brought before him, instructed them to put a stop to the hammering and called a hearing for today to determine who approved the pounding job over his court. What's In a Norn* ... SUNNYSLOPE, Ariz, (.ft—Across the front page of the Sunnyslope High School newspaper a headline Hurltd 20 Fttt in Wrtf k, Infant It Uninjured CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. W — Four-month-old Michael Hatofilax was sleeping on a pillow on the front seat of a car driven by his mother, Mrs. Ann Hatofilax, 29, when the car was struct broadside by a two-ton truck yesterday. The right front door was flung open and Michael flew 20 feet through the air, accompanied by the pillow. It was still under him when he landed. He suffered only minor bruises and scratches. read: "Students sad as school 1« dismissed." 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