LABOR: Call for Uncle Zilch

The seventh week in the strike of some 35,000 C.I.O. Communications Workers against the Southern Bell Telephone Co. (TIME, May 2) was the most violent yet. Seven Southern Bell exchanges and stations were burned or dynamited. However, last week's sabotage did not slow up Southern Bell service as much as a harassing scheme called "Operation Zilch."

Weeks ago the union's Vice President A. T. Jones urged strikers to tie up longdistance lines with person-to-person calls for fictitious "long-lost uncles." such as "J. P. Zilch." Another union leader chortled: "We can keep the ones who are working so busy it won't be...

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