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at Kinney Shoe debated at Kinney Shoe's vote in favor of union Are charges made by Division of the Retail Clerks Union company intimidation of true? These a re the of the hour at the local shoe west of Glenville on 5. separate interviews, The .r spoke with rep- Retail Clerks Union, ational Molders and Allied and Kinney Shoe in an determine the answers to he questions. Kesner, Molders Union pointed out that his group one who petitioned the Relations Board, on )lent workers, for an held at the local plant. era are headquartered in Started this whole thing on there was no one else here," Kesner said. "I can understand United Shoe being interested in the situation since they requested the last election, which was held nearly two years ago." he added. United Shoe is another union seeking to represent Kinney's workers. "We feel. quite honestly," Keener went on. "that we've been kicked around, but that all goes with the job." He added that the Retail Clerks did not enter the picture until after the original petition was filed. "Of course they have a right to be on the ballot," he said, "but I wonder what took them so long." Frank DeRiso and Lou Tesoro. Retail Clerks Union Organizers. explain that their union is the largest of its kind. "We have 700,000 members, and are very diversified." according to Tesoro. An election at Kinney was scheduled for Friday, October 7, It was postponed, but has been rescheduled for November 4. The ballot presented to company AUCTION SALE AT THE HOME OF BERTIE SOVIL, MT. ZION, W.VA. OCTOBER 29, AT I0:00 a.m. ntique table, buffet and chairs, 1 bed and chest, 1 bedroom refrigerator, chest type freezer, washer and dryer, living suite, lazy man chair, 3 odd chairs, television, some farm porch furniture, bench saw. LOTS OF ANTIQUES AND OTHER ITEMS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACCIDENTS LEONARD HARDWAY AUCTIONEER DO YOU HAVE AN ODD JOB? ring the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 5, the Lambda Chi Alpha , will be doing odd jobs around the Glenville community. Help you!!! If you are interested, call the following numbers at any g the week. 462-5524 or 462-5530 Just To Name A Few PAINTING WINDOW WASHING JUNK REMOVAL IVEEDING Indoor and Outdoor workers will ask them to make one of four selections. They will decide if they would like to be represented either by the Retail Clerks. the Molders Union, or United Shoe, or they will determine to continue to negotiate directly with the company. When the votes are tabulated, one of the four choices must receive more than a 50 per cent favorable vote from factory workers. If none of the proposals receives the necessary majority, a run-off will" be held between the two proposals receiving the highest number of votes. United Shoe lost to the company by about a four-to-one margin in the last election. "At this point, we are very. very confident we have the support of the people in the plant." Tesoro said. The Retail Clerks have also filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board concerning activities at the shoe plant. The charges were filed the same. day the election was scheduled, but apparently had nothing to do with the postponement. In their complaint, the Retail Clerks claim that certain Kinney employee have been intimidated with regard to voting in favor of unionization. The Labor Relations Board will investigate the charges to determine if there is any substance to them. Stewart Davis, Superintendent of the local plant said, "The only person named on the formal charge is me, and I firmly deny the allegations. "Most of the people who work here," he continued. "are my friends. Most of the people who have seen the charges and an advertisement run in the local paper know the things these people are saying simply is not true. "They have accused me of intimidation and of threatening to fire or blackball anyone favoring the union," he went on. "All we've ever told our employes is to listen to our side and we've encouraged them to listen to the union side." "I think the things they ere saying and the ed they printed have helped the company's cause," the Superin- tendent explained. "Some of our workers have even come and told me they were sort of leaning toward the Retail Clerks until they saw the newspaper advertisement. "I don't understand the charges." he said. "I just hope our local citizens don't believe I would do the things they're {the union} accusing me of doing." Davis went on, "I don't really worry about the charges because I didn't do any d the things I'm charge;  .,, vith .da.". ........ ,....,, '" A" favor unionization, the Su said he believed they would not. However. he said he feels the Molders Union is stronger within the ranks of plant workers than the Retail Clerks. I would assume the unions would lose." Davis said. "We give everything so far as holidays and vacations are concerned. We observe seniority and I sincerely believe Kinney will give our workers everything they can afford to give them and remain in business." Molders Organizer Keener re- sponded that, "Money and holidays aren't the only things to consider. Treatment of people is another thing." He added, "Even when you consider the holidays offered, they won't compare with union plants." Kesner refused to claim the Molders would win the election. "The way I look at it," he said, "is we'll iust have to let the people decide. 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