LABOR: Big Mike & the Mobs

A cold, persistent rain blew in from the Golden Gate one afternoon last week, and fell impartially on three groups of armed men on San Francisco's battle-scarred Embarcadero. Aboard the passenger ship Aleutian, berthed at Pier 39, were 103 trapped crewmen, members of the A.F.L. maritime unions. Huddled against the pier were 20 pickets from the rival National Union of Marine Cooks and Stewards, abetted by 500 fellow members and allied union men from Harry Bridges' Communist-dominated International Longshoremen's Union. The Bridges gang, riled by the refusal of the Aleutian's owners to...

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