From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/17/1946, p. 9, c. 1
Walkout Continues At Tredegar
Conciliator Seeks To End Wage Dispute
With the threatened bakery strike averted, a ray of hope appeared yesterday for settlement of Richmond’s major current labor dispute, the four-day-old strike of some 160 AFL union workers at Tredegar Company Iron Works.
Thomas B. Morton, United States Department of Labor conciliator, said last night that he hoped to arrange a conference between negotiators for the company and the union either today or tomorrow.
Mr. Morton discussed the dispute with union representatives on Saturday. There were no further developments yesterday, he reported.
The 109-year-old Tredegar plant, which produces various iron and steel products, has been closed since the workers struck Thursday. The union is seeking a 15-cent per hour wage increase.
The bakery strike here, scheduled to start yesterday, was called off Saturday night after members of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers Local No. 358 ratified terms of new contracts with four local bakeries. The included a 13-cent-an-hour wage boost.
Another local labor dispute goes into its fourth week today, with about 60 union men on strike against the Baker Products Equipment Company. A company official Saturday said the firm was operating at about 25 per cent of capacity with nonunion workers.