Labor: The Guns of April

Union contracts covering 3,100,000 workers expire in 1967, and already the storm signals are up. "If we get by April without a major crisis," Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director William E. Simkin said last month, "maybe we will be well on the way." April was only eight days old when the crisis broke.

Last week Trucking Employers, Inc., representing nearly 1,500 trucking firms, announced a nationwide lockout in retaliation against scattered strikes by local Teamsters Union members. The lockout idled a quarter-million Teamsters and stalled trucks that carry 65% of the...

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