LABOR: Strategic Strike

The International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers was smelted out of the C.I.O. last year for following the Communist Party line. This week the I.U.M.M.S.W. pulled 58,000 workers off the job in more than 50 mines, mills and other plants in 25 states, and slowed U.S. production of defense-vital copper to a trickle. Defense Mobilizer Charles E. Wilson said the strike would "drastically curtail" production of tanks, guns and planes. Present wages of the union's men range from $1.31 to $1.62 an hour. Union demand: a general wage increase of...

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