National Affairs: Backwoods War

Labor's good friend, Franklin Roosevelt, has a good Arkansas friend, Utilities Tycoon Harvey Couch, who owns an 863-mi. backwoods railroad line, the Louisiana & Arkansas. Last September some 400 of its engineers, firemen, brakemen and conductors walked out on strike. Demanding restoration of a wage agreement abrogated in 1933, they wanted the company to bargain jointly with their five union brotherhoods. President Peter Couch, the owner's brother, once an L. & A. fireman himself, insisted on dealing with them separately. He hired strikebreakers to keep in operation the railroad's service between Dallas,...

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