THE NATION: The Tranquil Time

THE NATION From Maryland's Sparrows Point west to California's Torrance, the steel mills lay smokeless and still. But with 650,000 steelworkers on strike and the key industry of the nation's economy shut down, neither labor nor management seemed to be particularly bothered or bitter. Strikers waved their signs only when news photographers whooped them on, spent most of their tours on the picket line playing ball, shooting craps, or gazing at television sets plugged into management's power outlets. In Gary, Ind., pickets used an air-conditioned, seven-seat mobile toilet lent them by U.S. Steel. An Inland Steel official called...

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