Harry and Roy Aitken Papers, 1909-1940

Container Title
Tape/Side   6/1
Time   16:05
Layoffs
Scope and Content Note: Result of unilateral reduction of ITU's jurisdiction. Work still there. Editorial boards promote image of inflexible union. Having failed to get job security, ITU insists on layoff by seniority. Forced to do new jobs--sometimes while continuing to do old job. Individuals pressured to quit. Unless take severance pay, have two weeks to prove competency. Unspoken threat--if not competent, lose job. But company able to tell court that never threatened to fire them. Anger. Humiliation. Crushed pride. Thirty-three of fifty-two lose jobs. Rest have wages cut by one-third. Pressure on those remaining. Grab overtime. Heavy drinking. Impact throughout the plant.