National Affairs: End of an Institution

Picketing of Automats, which had become almost as much of an institution in Manhattan as the Automat itself, came to a sudden end last week after five uproarious months. The strike was called last August by two unions, Bakery Workers and Cafeteria Employes, after they lost a collective bargaining election. Less than 500 of the 5,600 employes of the Horn & Hardart nickel-in-the-slot restaurant chain walked out, but what they lacked in numbers was more than made up in zeal. For the dispute soon boiled down to old-fashioned police-baiting. Immediate issue was the...

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