Document 14: Chinese Ladies Garment Union Local 341, Unfair Labor Charge against National Dollar Stores, Ltd. before the National Labor Relations Board, 16 March 1938, ILGWU Collection, MJ F2, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

Introduction

    About the same time that the Chinese Six Companies offered to assist in settling the dispute, the Chinese Ladies Garment Workers Union filed an unfair labor charge against the National Dollar Stores with the National Labor Relations Board. It charged that the recent "sale" of the company's Chinatown factory "was made with the purpose of depriving … employees [of] the rights which are guaranteed them under the National Labor Relations Act." The Board took up the case, but made no formal ruling before the parties reached a negotiated settlement in early June, at which point the Union dropped its charges. Still, the Union prepared intensely for the hearing of the case, as evidenced by the testimony its officers and lawyers prepared (see Document 18).

United States of America
BEFORE THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
20 REGION

In the Matter of

CHINESE LADIES GARMENT WORKERS UNION

Local 341 -- I.L.G.W.U.

Case No._____C___

and

NATIONAL DOLLAR STORES, LTD.

Date filed_____,193_

CHARGE

Pursuant to Section 10 (b) of the National Labor Relations Act, the undersigned hereby charges that

NATIONAL DOLLAR STORES, LTD.

has engaged in and is engaging in unfair labor practices within the meaning of Section 8, subsections (1) and of said Act, in that

   The National Dollar Stores, Ltd., in order to defeat bona fide collective bargaining of a labor union and in order to deny employees their rights of self-organization, made a fictitious sale of their factory at 720 Washington Street, San Francisco, California. This sale was made with the purpose of depriving their employees the rights which are guaranteed them under the National Labor Relations Act. Said sale was made February 8, 1938 after the company had expressedly signed an agreement with the Union to bargain with them collectively. Said National Dollar Stores, Ltd., sold the factory for the purposes of interfering with, and restraining and coercing the employees in the exercise of their right of self-organization and to be represented by agents of their own choosing.

COPY

   The undersigned further charges that said unfair labor practices are unfair labor practices affecting commerce within the meaning of said Act.

Subscribed and sworn to before
me this 16 day of March
1938 At San Francisco
Louis Weiner

    Name and address of person or labor organization making the charge. (If made by a labor organization, give also the name and official position of the person acting for the organization.)

Local Office -- Chinese Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, 149 Mason Street, San Francisco, Calif.

President Go Quai Sing

(Signed)


 
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