LABOR: War of Attrition

As the marathon strike against Westinghouse Electric Corp. neared the 150-day mark last week, hopes for a settlement suddenly rose. A panel consisting of one federal and two state mediators wrapped up a package of compromises and submitted it to company and union. Westinghouse promptly accepted. The International Union of Electrical Workers hesitated for two days. Then it tossed the package back at the mediators. Said President James B. Carey: "Unacceptable."

The panel had recommended a five-year contract stretching to October 1960. Included in the proposal were wage boosts that would have...

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