LABOR: Work or Starve?

Will skilled union workers starve to protect the wage scales which Labor has struggled 50 years to build? That question was put to a test in New York City last week when some 2,000 union bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, lathers on Federal relief jobs walked out on strike against WPA's "security wages."

The strikers had no immediate prospect of personal gain. On the contrary, they walked out on a 50% raise in pay. Under the old FERA set-up a skilled laborer got $60 per month, worked just long enough to earn it at prevailing...

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