National Affairs: Not Too Bad

As the first shock of the first nationwide telephone strike wore off, the U.S. pinched itself to see if it still could move and talk. It could—and with surprising alacrity.

In New England, where most of the telephone workers are not affiliated with any of the 39 striking unions, service was 99.7% of normal. Virginia, which requires unions to go through at least five weeks of conferences before striking a public utility, had service as usual. So did Indiana, which has a compulsory arbitration law to forestall such calamities as telephone tie-ups.

The rest of the U.S. was not so well off—long distance...

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