STATE OF BUSINESS: Steel at Bat

For five months U.S. Steel Chairman Benjamin F. Fairless and David J. McDonald, boss of the C.I.O. United Steelworkers Union, have been hard at work understanding each other's problems. Taking time from their jobs, they made two-or three-day tours of some 40 steel plants together, talked to everyone from shop foremen to open-hearth workers, and got along famously. Last week in Pittsburgh, McDonald, who looks more like a corporation tycoon than Ben Fairless himself, presented his union's wage demands to U.S. Steel. Ben Fairless got a rude surprise. The demands were far...

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