LABOR: Violence on the Picket Line

The milling picket lines, the fire hoses, the club-wielding police were all reminiscent of the bloody strikes of the 1930s. When the International Union of Electrical Workers struck General Electric last week, the company vowed it would keep its plants open for all employees who wanted to work. Both sides knew the vow could lead to violence. It was not long in coming.

Outside G.E.'s big River Works plant in Lynn, Mass., 200 pickets tried to block cars of nonstrikers from driving into the plant. As police linked arms to force back the pickets to...

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