National Affairs: Tough All Over

After six days on strike, the 76,000 Chrysler workers were determined but glum. They had reduced their original demand for a 30¢-an-hour wage increase to 17¢, but the company showed no signs of budging. It had withdrawn its original 6¢ offer. Truth was that Chrysler was short of steel anyway, could easily sit the strike out for a while until supplies accumulated. The U.A.W. executive board grimly asked its members to contribute $5,400,000 to its war chest. "It looks like a long, tough strike," said a grey-haired mechanic.

At week's end, the U.A.W. got another sign that things were going to...

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