National Affairs: Danger Signal

In a week dark with threats of labor trouble, an angry, faraway hoot from the railway unions announced that they would tie up the nation's rail systems with a strike on Dec. 5.

No one really thought they would. But the announcement was a danger signal. The danger was less likely to be a strike than seizure of the railroads by the Government.

The unions, with one eye on the rising cost of living and the other on increased railroad revenues, whistled for a wage boost last spring. The five independent brotherhoods (engineers, firemen,...

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