THE NATION: A Two-Way Street?

Outside the great U.S. Steel Corp. plant in Gary, Ind., the steelworkers union set up three tents so that strikers could sit down and watch TV when they got bored with marching in the picket line. "We may have to be here a spell," drawled one striker. "Might as well relax."

For the sixth time since the end of World War II, the United Steelworkers of America had walked out in a nationwide steel strike. Cold were the furnaces of two dozen steel firms that employ 500,000 workers and make 85% of the nation's steel.

Free But Grim. Although layoffs rippled...

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