National Affairs: Tinderbox

In the vital U.S. aircraft industry, whose rapid growth has made it a tinderbox, primed for labor trouble, a small flare-up last week illuminated dangers ahead. In Middle River, Md., C.I.O. workers in the huge Glenn L. Martin Co. plant walked out, called a strike. In spite of the strike call, most of the employes (members of a union which C.I.O. leaders said was company-dominated) stayed on, disregarding a skimpy picket line.

In most of the industry were piled up all the combustible elements for a fiery outburst. Less than half the nation's 200,000...

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