Labor: Steeling for Trouble

The bargaining aim of the United Steelworkers of America, said President I. W. Abel last week, is to win "what people need in order to live." Steelworkers, like everybody else in these inflationary times, seem to need more and more. As his union, whose contract expires July 31, formally opened negotiations in Manhattan with eleven major steel producers, Abel's effort confronted the U.S. with the threat of its first nationwide steel strike since 1959.

During steel's last labor negotiations three years ago, a national strike was averted only by the Johnson Administration's last-minute...

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