LABOR: Strikes & Settlements

Akron rubber workers began staging sit-downs in 1934, when John L. Lewis was only the hard-boiled boss of the hard-boiled Miners' Union. Akron was then known as the toughest anti-union town in the U. S. outside of Detroit. United Rubber Workers of America, later to join C. I. O., moved in in 1935. By the time this year's Sit-Down epidemic struck, both Akron's workers and Akron's businessmen were past the primary grades, thoroughly accustomed to the idea and practice of unionism. When Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and its U. R. W. employes...

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