Business: Trouble in Akron

Akron—world's largest rubber manufacturing center and the very core of the U.S. war effort—last week produced at 15% below capacity despite a five-year backlog of munitions orders. Instead of the patriotic hustle & bustle which throbs in most defense-plant towns, Akron was a gigantic time bomb, relentlessly, awesomely ticking. Over the place hung a pall of suspicion, bitterness, hatred. Management and labor wrangled, sparred and fought. Root of the trouble is the six-hour day started by management during the depression, now grimly held by the union as a labor "asset."

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