Labor: A Great Weariness

Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, and Herbert V. Kohler, head of Kohler Co., one of the nation's biggest manufacturers of plumbing fixtures, are two stubborn men. In April 1954, Reuther's U.A.W. walked out of the Kohler plant in Sheboygan, Wis. Last week, after fighting it out for 8½ years in the longest and one of the most bitter strikes in U.S. history, the two antagonists finally reached a settlement.

The U.A.W. could claim a victory of sorts. The union established its right to bargain with Kohler, was backed up by the National Labor Relations Board and the courts,...

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