LABOR: Whose Responsibility?

The sky over Washington darkened as the most worrisome problems of U.S. rearmament and inflation flew flapping home to roost. Both the C.I.O. steelworkers and the major U.S. steel plants washed their hands of all responsibility for a strike that was set for New Year's Day. After futile attempts to bring them together, Federal Mediator Cyrus Ching conceded defeat and admitted: "It is the biggest domestic crisis we have or could have."

Barbed Hook. President Phil Murray of the steelworkers was the first to make a ceremonial waiver of responsibility in the complex processes of settlement. He announced that 650,000 steelworkers...

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