Ponderous State labor machinery gripped Harvard's simmering union difficulty slowly in its cogs yesterday as SLRB Chairman Michael F. Phelan '97 announced that an election would be held among eight different units of workers next Thursday and Friday.
For months, after A. F. of L. organizer Robert H. Everitt had petitioned to the commission to dismember the inside union on the grounds that it was a "company dominated" organization, negotiations dragged on and State offices rang with threats and charges from the rival parties.
Decision to poll approximately 1500 University employees was hailed by both unions and by college officials as a step in the solution of the question:which group has the majority among maids, maintenance men, firemen and oilers, janitors?
The kitchen workers and waitresses will also cast their ballots on the unionization question but they have already signed a contract with the University for sole bargaining rights and are conceded an 85 percent majority for the A. F. of L.
Cooperate in Rally
"You may be assured of our every consideration that will make this discussion solely for the benefit and welfare of the employees involved," said Everitt in a letter to the rival unit urging its representation at a rally on Monday.