LABOR: The Mouse That Roared

Among its other baleful accomplishments, inflation last week shattered more than a half-century of labor peace in the men's clothing industry. The Amalgamated Clothing Workers, one of the nation's quietest unions, called its first major strike since 1921; 110,000 union members walked off their jobs making tailored men's and boys' suits, topcoats and overcoats at more than 700 plants in 30 states. They include facilities of such well-known companies as Hart Schaffner & Marx, Phillips-Van Heusen and Kayser-Roth. Many strikers were so unprepared for the transformation of their union from mouse to lion that some locals felt compelled to...

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