Labor: Strike for a Scalp

U.S. docks from Maine to Texas lay idle. In New York 52 ships slept in their berths, while another 17 lolled at anchor off the deserted piers. New Orleans estimated that up to $3,000,000 a day was being drained from the city's economy. U.S. railroads suspended all shipments to the ports, where some 19,000 freight cars were already jammed up. It was an all too familiar story: the International Longshoremen's Association had gone on strike again.

The union wants stevedore gangs to continue to consist of an unalterable 20 men; but automation has...

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