LABOR: Struggle for Power

Along 1,200 miles of Detroit streets not a streetcar or bus moved for four days. Industrial plants on the sprawling city's outskirts, chockablock with defense orders, were slowed down because some employes could not get to work. Traffic was disrupted, accidents increased. Detroiters howled with wrath, but were helpless. They thumbed rides, went to work on roller skates, on bicycles-built-for-two (see cut). A.F. of L. and C.I.O. were fighting for control of the transit workers, and while they fought Detroit got along as best it could.

For almost 20 years A.F. of...

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