National Affairs: Fission on Two Fronts

While the Administration was preparing to use the Taft-Hartley Act in the coal strike (see above), Taft-Hartley machinery was already at work on two other strike fronts: at the Oak Ridge atom plant, where a labor dispute threatened the heart of U.S. war strength; in the meat-packing industry, where a walkout of packinghouse workers had halved the nation's meat supply.

Oak Ridge contains three plants: X-io, Y12, K-25. At X-io, building-trade workers (carpenters, plumbers, etc.) are members of A.F.L.'s new Atomic Trades and Labor Council. Y-12 is unorganized. K-25 is organized by C.I.O.'s...

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