Business: Running Out of Glass

Babies and bourbon drinkers were faced with the same problem last week. The supply of containers from which they get their nourishment was being rapidly diminished because of a strike by the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Glass Bottle Blowers Association. The walkout by 44,000 employees had shut down 102 plants across the country that supply 90% of the nation's glass containers.

The strike, which has put such companies as Owens-Illinois, Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking temporarily out of the glass business, started seven weeks ago and came after union and industry negotiators had agreed on a new three-year contract that would have provided a...

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