LABOR: End of a Battle

John Lewis, greatest labor tactician in U.S. history, captured his own Kiev last week.

In the eight-month battle for higher wages he had campaigned like a Red general, scornful of the cost, his eyes fixed on the final objective. He began with a war of nerves, attacking with a demand for $2 a day more for every miner. He followed up with one strike threat after another—at a time when the U.S. considered a coal strike unthinkable. Three times, by strikes, his forces streamed through the suburbs and stormed the city's gates. Three times he was repulsed.

John L. had two...

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