LABOR: Fire Season

In the sullen summer heat, strikes smouldered into flame like scattered forest fires. To spotters in the Bureau of Labor Statistics there was nothing new in this—the spark of labor unrest always kindles fastest in summer, when men are irritable, when contract negotiations deadlock, when picketing is most comfortable. But after more than three years of use, the slow fire apparatus of the War Labor Board was sadly worn. In Akron, Ohio, the nation's rubber capital, there was proof that the U.S. had only one certain method of extinguishing stubborn strikes —a...

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