LABOR: High-Altitude Strike

At 4:55 a.m. one day last week, or as soon thereafter as the pilots could get to an airport, the big Mainliners of United Air Lines touched down all over the country and the 900 men who fly them—most of them members of the Air Line Pilots Association, A.F.L.—walked off. Their strike stranded 2,000 passengers, cut off 600 flights. On to the picket line marched the highest-paid strikers in history; Stratocruiser pilots make up to $16,587 a year.

United's airmen were after more pay and less work for what they called their "increased...

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