Sept. 5, 1943: Explaining that “war strategies between President Roosevelt and Britain’s Prime Minister Churchill come first,” William P. Nutter of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen pleads with dissatisfied employees of the Pacific Electric Railway to stay on the job.
At issue is a raise approved for streetcar employees that is higher than permitted under wartime wage-price restrictions.
With an acute labor shortage in Los Angeles and the impasse over raises, eight to 10 streetcar employees are quitting every day to take more lucrative jobs, a union official says.
P.B. Harris, head of the Los Angeles Street Railway Co., says the company is hiring every day but cannot keep up with the number of workers who are quitting.
“The bus situation is not as bad,” he says.
Among the best sellers in Los Angeles: “The Robe,” by Lloyd C. Douglas and “One World” by Wendell L. Wilkie.
Times columnist Lee Shippey begins a series of lectures at the Broadway in Hollywood. His first is “What Shall We Do About Russia.”
Hedda Hopper profiles Wallace Beery and says: “The real boss of the Beery home is Carol Ann Beery, his adopted daughter. They’re inseparable. If Wally is dumb like a fox, Carol Ann is dumb like two foxes.”