U.S. At War: No Collective Begging

The world's biggest single union, the C.I.O.'s United Auto Workers, last week at Grand Rapids reluctantly voted to stand behind its no-strike pledge until Japan is beaten. But it was not a final decision; a majority of the 1,095,538 U.A.W. members must also agree, in a referendum to be taken within 90 days.

The vote was taken only after considerable struggle: two days of debate among the 2,300 delegates to the U.A.W.'s ninth annual convention. In the fight, the majority twice changed its mind.

On the first day, after a disorderly, hot-tempered session, the delegates voted nearly 2-to-1 against a flat repeal of...