Labor: Settlement in Charleston

The ordeal of Charleston had seemed impossible to remedy. During the 100-day strike by nonprofessional black hospital workers, there were mass arrests, curfews, patrols by the National Guard, the threat of a sympathy strike that would have closed the port and the ever-present possibility of serious racial violence. Every attempt at settlement collapsed—until last week.

By then, the pressure of a coalition of common sense had proved too much for Dr. William McCord, director of the Medical College Complex and a stubborn opponent of union recognition. Governor Robert McNair had long been demanding a peaceful conclusion. The local business...

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