Earlier when the negotiations bogged down on the national level, local officials through instruction of the Grand Lodge have prepared for what they call “a peaceful withdrawal from service.”
“We don’t expect any violence,” Gordon Haskins, president of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Local 1, said Monday.
Mr. Haskins said earlier the four local operating Brotherhoods selected a joint strike committee. Henry Rumenapp of Lower River Street was elected chairman.
If the strike comes, it will be Mr. Rumenapp who will get the word.
And word it will be.
Mr. Rumenapp said he will get a “one word telegram in code” and then the local men will know they are on strike.