Airlines: Hot-Potato Game

Since the airline strike began last month, it has developed into a logistical nuisance and an economic drag. Last week it also became a political hot potato. By turning down the agreement worked out for them by their own national leadership under President Johnson's scrutinous eye, 35,400 members of the International Association of Machinists put the U.S. Government in an uncomfortable position. As has happened in the past with striking railroaders, the contract defeat left the Government no choice except to act. But in an election year, when politicians of all stripes are exceedingly sensitive about the labor vote, nobody...

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