National Affairs: On the Shoals

Not only Congressmen but labor's advocates last week denounced the San Francisco shipyard strike (TIME, May 19). When even Madam Perkins held up her hands in horror, it became 1941's most unpopular walkout.

Fact of the matter was that the dispute had grown progressively worse with mishandling. Month ago, OPM officials thought they had ended disputes in Pacific shipbuilding when they got shipyards and A.F. of L. international officers and metal-trades councils: 1) to agree to a standard wage scale, 2) to outlaw strikes and lockouts for two years. Bethlehem Steel, which operates the largest two yards in the area,...

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