LABOR: Truce by Telephone

President Phil Murray of the C.I.O. Steelworkers climbed aboard an overnight train in Washington one evening last week, heading back to Pittsburgh and still grimly bent on a strike that would shut down U.S. steel production for at least a week. Just after the train pulled out, a White House telephone operator tried to get him at C.I.O. headquarters in the capital. The call finally reached Murray when he got to his Pittsburgh office next morning. Harry Truman and Phil Murray talked for several minutes. After they hung up, Murray consulted his policy committee and dispatched a terse telegram...

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