SHIPBUILDING: Albina's Al

In the shadow of giant Henry Kaiser's three Columbia River shipyards, the small Albina Engine & Machine Works of Portland has turned out 38 sub-chasers, won three "E" pennants, chopped down absenteeism, kept its 4,500 workers happy. Its secret: slick showmanship in employe relations. Samples:

No Work, No Woo. "Vow Girls," 350 female employes in the yard, have signed a pledge not to date any Albina man who has not perfect job attendance for the week.

Market at the Gate. When workers complained about high vegetable prices. Albina persuaded farmers to bring their produce right...

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