While the ILGWU made use of the National Labor Relations Board to air its case, National Dollar Stores went before the courts seeking an injunction against union picketing of their stores. The company's lawyer argued that National Dollar Stores no longer owned the Chinatown factory and that the labor dispute was between the union and the Golden Gate Manufacturing Company. In this context, the lawyer argued that the picket line constituted a secondary boycott and was thus illegal. Without formally ruling on the legal matters at issue, a judge in Superior Court did grant an injunction against the picketing, as this newspaper account reveals. With the issuing of the injunction, the union ceased picketing the outlets, and members of the Retail Clerks' Union returned to work. The ILGWU lost an effective weapon by virtue of the ruling, but women garment workers continued to hold out for a settlement.
Stores Win Picket Ban
National Dollar Stores obtained a temporary restraining order in the court of Superior Judge Goodell yesterday morning prohibiting picketing of its warehouse and three San Francisco retail stores.
The injunction was directed at the Chinese Ladies Garment Workers' Union and the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union who have been picketing Dollar Stores since February 26.
At that time a dispute arose over sale of a factory at Kearny and Washington streets by the National Dollar stores to Golden Gate Manufacturing Company. The sale came while the Dollar Stores were negotiating contracts with the Chinese C.I.O. garment workers.
Last Tuesday, National Dollar Stores, Ltd., filed suit for $500,000 damages against the unions. Yesterday's temporary restraining order was granted pending further hearing of that suit set for March 29.