National Affairs: Disaster

Congressmen took another look at an old, controversial question—should the rights of labor be allowed to transcend the rights of the public to electricity, fuel, transportation, telephones? There was nothing hypothetical about the problem—the U.S. had just seen what weird things happen when a big city is denied even one essential service for a short time.

Pittsburgh was almost an invalid for 19½ hours while Duquesne Light Co. workers stayed off the job. Even though the company managed to produce power at 50% of normal volume, street cars stopped, street lights went out,...

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