Free Trade Under Fire

FREE TRADE UNDER FIRE

THE chorus of pleas for higher tariffs and more import quotas on foreign goods always rises in volume when the roar of U.S. assembly lines slackens a bit. The current business slump is no exception. And now the chorus has swelled with the addition of some new voices: labor unions, long among the staunchest supporters of freer trade. For the first time, when the conservative, protectionist Nation-Wide Committee on Import-Export Policy met last week in Washington, some 20 labor unions were represented. Breaking away from basic A.F.L.-C.I.O. policy, which...

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