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    PICKET LINE VIOLENCE FLARED AGAIN WEDNESDAY (3 JUNE) IN A LABOUR DISPUTE AT THE PRESSED STEEL TANK CO.

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    Background: PICKET LINE VIOLENCE FLARED AGAIN WEDNESDAY (3 JUNE) IN A LABOUR DISPUTE AT THE PRESSED STEEL TANK CO. IN WEST ALLIS, WISCONSIN. AT THE SAME TIME OVER ONE THOUSAND NATIONAL GUARDSMEN KEPT ORDER OUTSIDE THE ESSEX WIRE CORPORATION PLANT IN HILLSDALE, MICHIGAN.

    THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS PULLED ITS 180 PRODUCTION WORKERS OUT OF THE ESSEX WIRE COMPANY THREE MONTHS AGO, DURING AN ATTEMPT TO WIN ITS FIRST CONTACT WITH THE FIRM. OCCASIONAL MINOR VIOLENCE ON THE PICKET LINE CULMINATED IN TWO NEAR RIOTS DURING WHICH BOTH STRIKERS AND WORKERS WERE INJURED. MICHIGAN'S GOVERNOR GEORGE ROMNEY ARRINGED FOR THE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN TO KEEP ORDER AFTER THE VIOLENCE CAUSED THE PLANT TO CLOSE BRIEFLY. IT REOPENED WEDNESDAY WITH THE GUARDSMEN IN ATTENDANCE. ALL WAS REPORTED PEACEFUL.

    IN WEST ALLIS, STRIKING STEELWORKERS HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY REPLACED BY THE PRESSED STEEL TANK CO., AS IT IS PERMITTED TO DO UNDER WISCONSIN LAW WHEN THE DISPUTE DOES NOT INVOLVE UNFAIR LABOUR PRACTICES. THE COMPANY HAS HIRED COLLEGE STUDENTS TO REPLACE THE STRIKING WORKERS, THE STRIKERS HAVE TRIED PHYSICALLY TO KEEP THE COLLEGE STUDENTS OUT.

    ON TUESDAY AND AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY POLICE FORCED A PATH FOR THE STUDENTS THROUGH THE MOB OF PICKETS. ON WEDNESDAY, THEY GOT 24 STUDENTS INTO THE PLANT IN TWO RUSHES. THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE SCUFFLING; ONE POLICEMAN AND ONE STUDENT WERE INJURED, NOT SERIOUSLY. SIXTEEN PICKETS OUT OF ABOUT 150 ON HAND WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6BVHXU5AJPJPIN75EM4F5IPO9
    Media URN:
    VLVA6BVHXU5AJPJPIN75EM4F5IPO9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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