LABOR: Revolt on the Docks

New York's noisy, brawling waterfront was choked to a Sunday hush. Loading platforms were deserted. Scarcely a truck rattled along the dockside streets. Only an occasional vessel moved in the greatest port in the world, paralyzed at week's end by a strike of A.F.L. longshoremen.*

The strike had taken everyone by surprise, including Joseph P. Ryan, bulky and archaic president of the International Longshoremen's Association. Early in the week Ryan had confidently ended four months of negotiations with the operators by accepting an offer of a 10¢ boost on regular wages to...

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