Organized labor's walkout from the defense mobilization agencies set off cries and counter-cries, conferences, viewings-with-alarm and fevered gesticulation all through the week. But Big Labor stubbornly stood fast. Its chief target, Defense Mobilizer Charles E. Wilson, remained firm. Amid the noise and confusion, the rift over the administration of national mobilization seemed, if anything, to widen.

Wilson's refusal to waver in the face of the walkout was still unshaken when he flew to Key West to see President Truman. Before boarding his plane—and later at a press conference which followed his visit with the President—he summed up...

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