LABOR: Uncivil Servants

If there were any lingering hopes that the long era of labor peace might continue, they vanished last week. Hoping to catch up with double-digit inflation, a record number of workers were walking picket fines. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service reported that more than 600 work stoppages —the most since the agency began keeping records 15 years ago—involving 230,000 workers were in progress.

National Airlines, the nation's tenth largest carrier, canceled all of its flights after the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers walked out July 15. In Lordstown, Ohio,...

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