National Affairs: Brakes on the Big Town

On one day last week there were 40 strikes going on in New York City. One of them had New Yorkers jittery; it threatened to take a major bite out of their food supplies and to cut off their newspapers, cigarets, soap, candy bars and hundreds of the items they purchase daily over store counters. Unless it ended soon, it would throw hundreds of thousands out of jobs.

The strikers were about 12,000 A.F.L. truck drivers who work for general hauling contractors. Out in sympathy were some 15,000 drivers in nearby New Jersey cities. The issue: a demand for a 30% pay...

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