National Affairs: The Navy Gets Tough

At bustling San Diego, mile after mile of waterfront and countryside has been a-clatter with the building of a Marine base, a naval training station, a dock, barracks, other construction which the Navy needs posthaste. Last week the clatter was stilled. Some 3,500 members of A.F. of L. building-trades unions had walked off the job leaving more than $23,000,000 worth of contracts tied up.

The strike was called because the unions wanted $1-a-day wage boosts. But to the Navy there was only one real issue. In a stabilization agreement with the Office of Production Management last July, the building trades had promised...

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