Labor: The Strike Toll

The auto strike was scheduled to end this week, but its effects will be felt for months to come. After President Johnson warned that a continuation of the five-week stoppage would "jeopardize the continuous upward thrust of our economy," Walter Reuther finally went into action. He convened the union's General Motors council, won their ratification of the national agreement and scheduled a nationwide membership vote to approve the contract. Local unions that had not yet signed contracts-there were still 33 of them at week's end-could still remain on strike, but Reuther strongly indicated that even he is sick of...

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