Labor: The Worst Year

The list of U.S. companies being struck last week read like a what's what of business. Such basic industries as steel, chemicals and copper were affected by work stoppages. So were farming and farm machinery, bricklaying, metalworking, bronze refining, shipbuilding, office-machine and computer production, and even toys and teaching. The Ford Motor Co. was shut down and its new-car production halted by a walkout of 161,000 employees. At one end of the television industry, 1,450 employees struck the Fort Wayne,

Ind., plant of Magnavox, Inc.; at the other end, ABC-TV continued to...

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