LABOR: Beaten & Broke

At a New Jersey switchboard last week a tired man in a rumpled business suit flipped the key, patiently intoned: "Is this an emergency call?" An irritated woman's voice replied: "Of course it is. I think you are a very rude man. I don't think you deserve to get any more money."

He wouldn't. He was one of hundreds of top executives who had helped take over the boards when 340,000 National Federation of Telephone Workers walked out a month ago. But along with Bell's dial system and the thousands of nonstriking supervisors...

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