Labor: The Right Not to Work

The strike was as ill-timed and startling as a sneeze on a high wire—but, incredibly, there it was. Just when it seemed that the nation would be able to avoid trouble in the vital auto industry this year, and thus avoid possible upset to the advancing economy, Walter Reuther and the United Auto Workers hit the bricks against giant General Motors, whose daily operations affect the jobs and lives of countless Americans. And for what?

G.M. had already agreed to the same terms that had been the basis of the union's settlement with Chrysler and Ford, and not a single...

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