LABOR: The Pen Is Mightier

The men were not working—but they looked as busy as beavers.

After reporting for work as usual one day last week, employees of Houston's Crown Central Petroleum Corp. refinery settled down to hours of writing and rewriting lists of "grievances" against the company. It was a new sit-down technique. Explained cocky Arthur Hajecate, secretary-treasurer of the Houston local of the C.I.O.'s Oil Workers International Union: there is a loophole in the Taft-Hartley Act which permits employees to compose their gripes on company time.

By day's end, the outburst of penmanship had brought the refinery to a virtual standstill and produced 1,200...

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