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Distributive Office and Processing Workers' Union, Arbitration, 1952
Cole, David L. (David Lawrence), 1902-1978.
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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Proceedings of arbitration hearing between District 65, Distributive, Processing and Office Workers Union, and Gimbel Brothers.
Collection material in English
On May 27, 1952, upon request from District 65, Distributive, Processing and Office Workers Union, the American Arbitration
Association appointed David L. Cole to arbitrate the wage dispute between District 65 and Gimbel Brothers. The hearings began
in New York City on July 17, 1952.
The issues in the dispute are concerned with wages (minima, progression, automatics) classifications, and changes in vacations
and holidays. From February 1, 1952, when the contract came up for negotiation, until May, when Mr. Cole was called in, no
agreement could be reached on the issues. Throughout this period, however, the employees remained at work. The union maintained
that the wages paid at Gimbels were far below the wages paid at comparable department stores, and that these wages were insufficient
in terms of the present cost of living. The union was concerned with cutting down the wage differential which existed between
Gimbels and the other large department stores in the city, by attempting to force Gimbels to participate in industry-wide
bargaining. The union sought a wage increase commensurate with increases in other department stores. The company claimed that
its financial condition prohibited a wage increase at that time. The company also claimed that it was
impossible to make wage adjustments comparable to other stores; there were too many factors which must be taken
into consideration - there was no simple relationship between the various stores.
Cole, David L. (David Lawrence), 1902-1978
Distributive, Processing, and Office Workers of America. District 65
Department stores -- Employees -- New York (State) -- New York
Wages -- Clerks (Retail trade) -- New York (State) -- New York
Department stores -- Employees -- Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York
Collective bargaining -- Clerks (Retail trade) -- New York (State) -- New York
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