LABOR: The War of the Wires

The steelworkers' Philip Murray could scarcely have been more overbearing. Jubilant over the presidential fact finders' recommendations that steel operators pay their workers up to 10¢ an hour for an insurance and pension program (TIME, Sept. 19), he wired U.S. Steel's austere President Benjamin Fairless: "Promptly and plainly advise me whether your companies are likewise willing to accept the recommendations of the board as a basis [for] settlement."

Up to that moment there had been good reason to hope for an early settlement. The board had denied a wage boost. Steel operators had...

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