Business: Steel Standstill

Almost everybody in Pittsburgh and other steel-producing areas now expects a steel strike on June 30; last week negotiators were farther apart than when they started six weeks ago. The United Steelworkers of America and the industry's four-man team, representing twelve companies, devoted more time to bombarding each other with press releases than to negotiating. At week's end the talks degenerated into a pointless skirmish over routine procedures of negotiation, and the union's 171-member wage policy committee authorized its officers to call a strike.

The closest the talks came to a bargaining base...

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