LABOR: Begging & Pleading

Across the U.S., from Montauk Point to Malibu Beach, the tide of labor unrest seethed angrily. In oil, automobiles, coal, lumber, textiles and many another industry, there were strikes, shutdowns, and threats of strikes. At one time last week 420,000 workers were idle. While many an industrial plant ran at less than full power because it could not staff its machinery, the first blows of violence rose ominously.

In Washington, where the Administration was frantically trying to catch up with the facts of peacetime life, worried Labor Secretary Lew Schwellenbach reflected the Government's confusion. To labor...

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