STATE. OF. BUSINESS: Effects of the Strike

"They're starting to hit us heavy this week," said Township Trustee Harold F. DeVault as he looked out at 175 Gary, Ind. steel strikers lining up in a drizzling rain. "Everybody is starting to apply for relief."

Not only Gary's workers, and not only steelworkers needed help. As the steel strike went into its fifth week, the whole steel-based economy of the U.S. began to slow down. The auto industry had already laid off 91,200 of its 1,200,000 workers. In Cleveland, Toledo, Buffalo and Atlanta, auto assembly plants began closing down. In Flint, Mich., the two Chevrolet plants laid off...

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