LABOR: No. 3

Round No. 3 had begun. U.S. labor was again asking U.S. industry for higher wages. Boosts ranging from 8¢ to 12½¢ an hour had already been won by three middle-sized C.I.O. unions—the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, the Textile Workers and Harry Bridges' longshoremen. These gains came peaceably.

But last week Round No. 3 produced its first crisis. It arose out of a demand by three A.F.L. unions, representing some 50,000 Western Union employees, for a 15¢-an-hour hike. Western Union offered to give from a penny to a nickel more per hour to 9,029 workers, nothing to the rest. The unions branded the...

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