LABOR: Back on the Road

Considering the muscular reputation of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union's first nationwide strike might have been a bruising bout. What the economy, still recovering from recession, least needed was a protracted idling of the big rigs. The worst was not to be. Within two days after the strike began, many of the Teamsters' 440,000 truckers and warehousemen were free to go back to work. That was because their employers had broken ranks with Trucking Employers Inc., the biggest of the truck owners' associations, and signed separate or interim contracts with the Teamsters, giving the union members wage...

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