LABOR: Unions v. Eddie

Around Captain Eddie Rickenbacker swirled a storm of protest for his stern denunciations of absenteeism in war plants and general U.S. flabbiness. Union leaders howled bitter reproaches, called him misinformed, reactionary. Under Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson announced that the World War I ace spoke "as an individual and not as an Army officer." The sober Republican New York Herald Tribune allowed: "It does seem true that the World War ace lacks information on some of the obstacles to the all-out production effort he insists upon."

In Albany this week the storm mounted: New York unions berated the...

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