Labor: Strikebound Seaway

As strikes go, it was a midget involving a mere 1,250 workers. In terms of damage, it could turn out to be mammoth. With the St. Lawrence Seaway closed by a labor dispute for the first time in its nine-year life, growing economic dislocations last week rippled across eight U.S. states and much of Canada.

On the Great Lakes, 71 ocean-going ships were stranded behind strikebound locks, able to load or unload cargoes as far inland as Chicago but unable to return to sea. Another 72 vessels were stalled at the Montreal end...

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