Shipbuilders Strike Over Wages
SOUTH PORTLAND, Mass.—Construction of Liberty Ships was put on hold last night as shipbuilders walked out over a wage dispute. The local AFL president insisted this was not a union-authorized action. At the 3 p.m. Eastern War Time (EWT) shift change, nightshift workers at the South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation joined the dayshift workers to shut down the plant. An estimated twenty-five hundred workers took part in the walkout. The South Portland plant has been described by congressional investigators as the worst of any facility constructing Liberty Ships. Liberty Ships are the freighters serving as the backbone of the flow of cargo from American factories to our armed forces and allies overseas.