National Affairs: Still Inconceivable

There will be no railroad strike Dec. 7. With two hours sleep in 57 hours of haggling, nearly 150 haggard negotiators finally compromised, giving the unions a little more than they had once refused: 1) a basic wage increase; 2) a moratorium on demands during the emergency; 3) a 9.5¢-per-hour wage increase for the five operating unions; 4) a 10¢-per-hour increase for the 14 non-operating unions; 5) one week's paid vacation. The inconceivable strike was still inconceivable.


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