Business: The Dock Strike Mess

WHILE President Nixon's New Economic Policy aims to bolster the U.S. trade balance, much of the nation's commerce with the world remains in the Limbo Phase, stalled by a devastating dock strike. First the West Coast was shuttered by a walkout in July; it ended at least temporarily when Nixon invoked the Taft-Hartley Act's 80-day cooling-off period Oct. 6, but many ports are still clogged with backed-up vessels. Then, in October, some East and Gulf Coast dock workers walked out. Last week that stoppage spread to all but seven fairly small ports in the South, stranding some 200 ships. As the...

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