Business: Unhappy Birthday

Just before dawn one morning a year ago, cars sped up to the factory gates of the Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. Out jumped scores of determined men who promptly began picketing the plant. Last week the same union pickets shuffled along the sidewalks at the plant gates, as the United Automobile Workers strike against Kohler of Kohler celebrated its first unhappy birthday. It is one of the longest-lasting major strikes in the U.S.

The specific strike issues are now obscured. What started as a walkout over ordinary union demands—for a 20¢ hourly wage hike, a union shop, seniority rights, arbitration of...

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