National Affairs: After Many a Day

At 2:45 on the afternoon of the 113th day, after a 25-hour nonstop conference, the General Motors strike was settled. When news of the settlement reached the pickets at the Cadillac motor plant, some of them wept. In Detroit, some pickets shouted, tore up their placards and threw them to the March winds; Chevrolet Local 235 ordered its men to keep marching until ratification of the agreement by the rank & file was final.

Who had won? Walter Reuther, U.A.W. vice president and director of the strike, made no comment on a U.A.W. handout which claimed complete victory. But obviously springy,...

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