LABOR: Direct Action

For 26 hours last week, summer heat and the instinct for direct action, which is inherent in the female mind, raised the very old Ned with telephone service in Gulfport (pop. 22,659), Miss. When the temperature in the telephone company's big switchboard room got to 92°, the 69 young ladies on duty all got up and indignantly walked out. B. D. Northcutt, president of the local telephone union, who is negotiating with the company for air conditioning, hurried over and asked them to go back to work. They told him, in effect, to go jump in the river, and...

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