LABOR: End of the Line

A big, tough segment of U.S. labor was out of hand. Last week the nation's merchant fleet was tied up tight, the nation's ports were dead. This week there was some reason to expect a settlement of the biggest maritime strike in history, but only on labor's terms. The little moral authority which the Administration had left was wrecked.

C.I.O.'s National Maritime Union had started it. N.M.U. demanded a $17.50 a month wage boost, which the Government approved. Then rival A.F.L. seamen demanded $22.50-$27.50 boosts. The Wage Stabilization Board, believing that its duty...

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