LABOR: Hit & Run

The giant American Telephone & Telegraph Co. had a gnat in its ear. Not much damage was being done, but it was annoying.

The buzzing in its ear came from the strike of 16,000 C.I.O. equipment workers in A.T. & T.'s subsidiary, Western Electric Co. Though they were on strike in 43 states, the workers knew they couldn't completely disrupt telephone service. There were just too few of them. So to snarl the maximum of telephone lines with the minimum of means, the strikers began what they called "hit & run" picketing. They would show up at one exchange and...

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