LABOR: Battling Bias in Steel

On the surface, the news seems to reflect a rare example of idealism: in quiet meetings with Government officials, leaders of the steel industry and the United Steelworkers of America are working out an agreement to change rigid promotion rules that have tended to keep blacks in the most menial and lowest-paying jobs in the mills. The pact would be the first such plan put forward voluntarily by a major industry. In another sense, though, the move appears to be considerably less than an exercise in altruism. Executives and union leaders seem...

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