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Carpenters stage sit-ins

Members of Carpenters Local 946 staged sit-ins at Universal and Columbia to protest the AFL committee’s decision.  Pressured by “Big Bill” Hutcheson of the powerful Carpenters Union, AFL President William Green issued a statement calling for a “clarification” of the committee’s decision.

Carpenters’ Local 946 joined the CSU, substantially increasing the number of members in the Conference.  The producers were given an ultimatum: increase pay and adjust hours to provide work for returning veterans or face a major strike.

Negotiations quickly broke down.  Fights over the various jurisdictional problems - Painters and Carpenters versus IA grips, for example - led to layoffs of hundreds of workers.