LABOR: Promotion

Last month American-Hawaiian Steamship Co. in San Francisco promoted ten of its waterfront clerks from daily to monthly pay ($160). Last week 7,500 men were idle and a general Pacific Coast maritime strike was imminent because of this seemingly appreciative gesture.

As hourly workers, the clerks had to be hired through a C. I. O. union; as monthly salaried men, they may be employed independently of the ship clerks' hiring hall. C. I. O.'s West Coast Director Harry Bridges, scenting a sly device to undermine his forces and promote an "independent" association of American-Hawaiian employes, forbade his longshoremen to load the...

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