Heads Offer to Quit
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Leaders of the San Antonio's pecan shellers' strike, branded as Communists,
Thursday offered to "step down."В
The offer was made to Chief of Police Owen W. Kilday after an order banning
picketing, virtually sounding the death knell of the strike, had been
enforced by police.В
James Sager, self-styled leader of the strike, and Mrs. Emma Tenayuca
Brooks, honorary chairman of the strike committee, made the offer, but
they stipulated that they first must be asked to do so by the strikers
themselves, voting on the proposition.В
Sager is a former secretary of Communists in San Antonio while Mrs. Brooks
is an official of the Workers' Alliance . . . .
All have been labeled Communists by Chief Kilday.В
Charging that the strike was led by Communists who never had shelled a
pecan in their lives, Kilday took the position that actually there was
no strike. . . . The
police chief, in a prepared statement, declared that the entire strike
was a Communist movement and that it was without standing with the Committee
for Industrial Organization.В В
"The pecan shellers do not want Emma Tenayuca Brooks as leader," Kilday
declared. "We checked their meetings and she never had over 500 at any
of them out of the admitted 12,000 pecan workers in San Antonio. I cannot
stand for any movement to be led by an admitted communistic group . .
. . Emma Tenayuca doesn't want the strike to end, but rather to prolong
it. She wants a revolution. It's wrong leadership."В
Brophy, national director of the C. I. O., in a telegram to the Rev. John
Lopez, priest acting as negotiator in the strike, declared emphatically
that the union did not countenance communistic leadership.