LABOR: The New Refrain

The big bosses of Big Labor had evidently been studying the signs. They had read the election returns and had seen what happened to John L. Lewis. They had sent up a trial balloon (the Nathan report) for higher wages without higher prices, and seen it riddled with buckshot by industry's sharpshooters.

Thus, when C.I.O.'s three biggest bosses —the Steelworkers' Phil Murray, Auto Workers' Walter Reuther and Electrical Workers' Albert Fitzgerald—met in Pittsburgh last week to set a common bargaining policy, they exuded sweet reasonableness. Only a year ago, all three of...

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