RECONVERSION: Sand in the Wheels

Labor, which often squirmed under its wartime no-strike pledge, was squirming no longer. Last week the biggest wave of strikes since peace began swamped and shut down many a reconverting plant. The effect was far greater than might have been expected from the comparatively small number. Reason: much of U.S. industry was in the warm-up stage, when the jobs of many often depend on few.

Detroit was typical. There, 4,500 struck at Kelsey-Hayes Wheel Co., forcing the Ford Motor Co. to send 30,000 home and shut down temporarily. A strike of 500 at Hudson Motor Car Co. threw another 6,000...

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