LABOR: The Steel Curtain

For more than six months, the U.S. has been trying to settle the strife in its basic industry, steel. Before their contract ran out last December, management and labor tried to solve the problem by negotiation and failed. The three branches of the Federal Government, executive, legislative and judicial, put in their hand but brought out no solution. This week 475,000 steelworkers began the third week of a strike, almost 90% of the nation's steel industry was paralyzed, and no solution was in sight.

Almost. In their last-ditch conferences last week, negotiators for...

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