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New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration. Transcripts, 1899
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration
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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Transcripts concerning the mediation between the Acme Malleable Iron Works of Buffalo, NY, and the International Iron Moulders
Collection material in English
The New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration was requested by the Iron Moulders Union to make an inquiry into the
cause of the difference between the Moulders and the Acme Malleable Iron Works. The Board held a hearing in Buffalo on February
21, 1899, since it had been informed that a condition of lawlessness existed around the plant and extra police were needed
to guard the plant.
The strike or lockout began when the union presented its demands for $2.25 a day for the men on day work and piece rates which
would permit the men to earn at least $2.25 a day. Shortly after the demands were presented, the employer called the moulders
together in the plant to tell them that he was discharging all union men because they were intimidating non-union men and
causing trouble in the plant. The non-union men could continue working, however. Union and non-union men walked off the job.
In the course of the hearings it developed that the men were unable to learn the price for the jobs they did until payday,
that they felt the weights assigned by the foreman were not always accurate and that the foreman gave the better jobs to the
men who paid him extra. They also believed that they were discriminated against because they were union men. The foreman denied
the charges against him.
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.
Acme Malleable Iron Works.
International Iron Moulders Union
Iron industry and trade - New York (State).
Iron and steel workers - New York (State).
Iron and steel workers - Labor unions - New York (State).
Wages - Iron and steel workers - New York (State).
Unfair labor practices - New York (State).
Arbitration, Industrial - New York (State).