National Affairs: Carrying the Ball

When the news of Big Steel's surrender reached the United Auto Workers convention in Milwaukee, a listless show stirred to life. Walter Reuther perked up perceptibly. The U.A.W.'s scrappy president is not a man who likes to let George do it—or even Philip Murray. A steel strike sooner or later might have shut down the auto industry; now the auto workers were just where they wanted to be, carrying the C.I.O. ball for a fourth-round increase in U.S. industry. It was a nice forward pass (completed): Murray to Truman to Reuther.

Reuther swung into...

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