April 27, 1944

Labor Dispute the Cause
CHICAGO, Ill.—Sewell L. Avery, chief executive officer of Montgomery Ward and Company, yesterday was forcibly removed from his office in the Chicago plant by an Army detail of thirty-two MPs after his refusal to abide by President Roosevelt’s executive order to seize the facility. The executive order came as a result of a Montgomery Ward’s management refusal to extend an expired labor contract with the CIO union per instructions from the White House and the War Labor Board (WLB). Avery had refused the government takeover of the plant, holding out from noon until seven p.m. when the MPs were finally brought in to remove Avery. The troops were dispatched from Camp Skokie Valley.

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