ARMAMENT: Strikebound & Unbound

Since rearmament boomed the U.S. aircraft industry's work force to 750,000, the A.F.L.'s International Association of Machinists and the C.I.O.'s United Auto Workers have tried to outdo each other in demands on planemakers. Three months ago, in spite of war and the dangerously lagging aircraft program, the U.A.W. voted to strike North American Aviation, called it off only after it got an average 16¢-an-hour pay boost on recommendation of the Wage Stabilization Board. The rest of the industry assumed that the award established a pattern.

Not so the machinists' union, which has...

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