LABOR: Menacing Instability

John L. Lewis, whose prose style moves in the empurpled outer reaches of the language, is no man to call a strike simply a strike. He prefers to call it a "memorial holiday" or a "spontaneous" walkout. Last week, Lewis rumbled out a new and fancy phrase for it. The heavy supply of coal on hand, said the chief, had produced "menacing instability" in the industry, threatening the national economy, and even the United Mine Workers. To correct this situation, Lewis proclaimed "a brief stabilizing period of inaction."

Actually, what worried big John L. was the depressing spectacle of...

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