LABOR: Pattern for 1949

At exactly 2:02 o'clock one afternoon last week—less than ten hours before the deadline—word reached the steelworkers' Pittsburgh headquarters: Big Steel had capitulated. The creeping threat of a shutdown in the nation's most basic industry was suddenly lifted. His face lined with the strain of waiting, 63-year-old President Phil Murray called in the newsmen: "We are delighted to be able to say that the strike has been averted."

Then Phil Murray broke into a broad grin. From there in, he figured to win. For the next 45 days Government fact-finders, picked by Harry Truman, would take over.

Murray did not think they...

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