National Affairs: On Edge

Strike realities, rather than threats, had two communities on edge.

IN HAWAII, Governor Ingram Stainback set out to do what Harry Truman said he could not do for him: settle an ugly eleven-week-old strike of Harry Bridges' Communist-line longshoremen.* The governor said he would ask the territorial legislature for permission to take over the docks permanently. "Some people may consider this union-busting," said Stainback, "others may consider it free-enterprise-busting, but it certainly would be citizen-saving."

IN MANHATTAN, on the grounds that four garage mechanics had been fired, the Transport Workers' hardheaded Mike Quill...

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