Telephones: Bills Are Going Up

The strike of 200,000 members of the Communications Workers of America against 20 Bell System companies caused only minor breakdowns in American Telephone & Telegraph's highly automated transcontinental telephone system. Everything continued to work so smoothly that the C.W.A. negotiator, calling from New York City's St. Moritz Hotel late one night last week, could dial through quickly to C.W.A. President Joseph A. Beirne in his Washington office. "We've got it here!" the negotiator reported proudly to Beirne. On his telephone for more long-distance calls, Beirne was able without delay to alert 19 other strike teams and tell them that the...

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