Representatives of the United Steelworkers Union, C.I.O., sat down to bargain with Buffalo's New York Car Wheel Co., quickly got maintenance of membership and a checkoff of union dues. Union Spokesman Joseph P. Molony followed through: the union also wanted a wage increase of 18½¢ an hour—the magic figure that has settled many a wage dispute.*

Company President Robert A. Cooley had an answer that was a stopper. After figuring in a recent price increase on car wheels and saving to be made by the elimination of overtime payments, he made his...

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