LABOR: Male Call

Somehow, the late U.S. strike wave had missed the 65 Great Lakes shipping companies which form one of the nation's key transport links. Last week, the C.I.O.'s National Maritime Union was busy remedying the oversight.

Just where the strike stood, nobody quite knew. From his emergency headquarters in Detroit, burly, bent-nosed N.M.U. President Joe Curran predicted that the N.M.U. drive for a 40-hour-week, pay boosts and a Union hiring hall would paralyze lake shipping in 10 days. His early count of 105 ships and 4,000 men idle differed sharply, however, from a press survey (56 ships idle).

Whatever the count, it was...