Business: Labor: The Year of Confrontation

STRIKE, Strike, Strike!!!" That angry chant, booming out at the end of Clifford Odets' play Waiting for Lefty, typified the spirit of radical protest in the depressed 1930s. Now, in the affluent '70s, it is echoing from meetings of union men who would fit neatly into Odets' script (truck drivers, tugboat deckhands) and many others who would not (mailmen, air traffic controllers). Their mood of frustration is so intense that 1970 may go down in U.S. economic history as the Year of the Strike.

The Nation's Cost. Last week, although strikes in various cities...

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