LABOR: The Big Strike

As the massive furnaces were banked, the brilliant flashes of light that mark the pouring of molten steel disappeared from the night sky over Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Gary, and many another steel town. In the Pittsburgh borough of Homestead, hard by the home of giant U.S. Steel Corp., only a few lonely figures moved along the strangely deserted streets. In Manhattan, businesslike industry and union negotiators stuffed papers into briefcases and headed for home.

Thus was the nation's fourth major steel strike since World War II signaled in the hours after Saturday midnight. Out of work were...

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