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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – March 13th, 1957

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Snowy uptown Susanville in the 1950’s. photo courtesy Karla McKahan.

Phone Strike In Susanville
March 13th, 1957

Susanville entered its eighth day of temporary telephone service today as 34 operators and linemen continued to stay away from work because the phone company and the local union failed to reach an agreement on wage increases.

The strike also includes Elk Grove, Rio Vista, Burney, Alturas, Buntingville, Bieber and Ferndale exchanges, company officials report.

General manager of Citizens Utilities company, D. H. Steele and union representatives are meeting now in Redding, Calif., in an attempt to resolve their differences.

Switchboards are being manned by supervisory personnel during the work stoppage. Service is described as “pretty good” but it is taking “time” to get calls through.

The phone company employees are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No, 1245. Services performed by linemen are also being handled by employees not affected by the strike.

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