National Affairs: Indigestible Union

Eighteen months ago, as pink-faced, power-hungry Teamster Chieftain Dave Beck was leaning out across the nation to gobble non-teamsters into his big union, a rich and succulent ragout of manpower was uncovered at his very elbow. The independent Aero Mechanics Union began a lingering, unsuccessful strike at the Seattle plants of Boeing Aircraft Company.

The situation seemed to be made to order for Beck. Like most employers, Boeing was not at all averse to his guarantees of iron union discipline and labor peace. Beck licked his chops and prepared to dump Boeing's 15,000 employees into the kettleful of fruit canners, clerks and...

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