Labor: Next, a Steel Strike?

"Give us the right to cut their guts!" shouted an angry delegate into a microphone at the United Steelworkers' biennial convention in Atlantic City last week. "Give us back our dignity. Give us the right to strike again!" That outburst, thunderously applauded by 3,500 union men, pointed up the increasingly rebellious mood among the nation's 1,200,000 Steelworkers—and the rising odds on a strike in the mills when contracts expire next Aug. 1.

The hottest issue involves the "no-strike clause" that has been a part of every U.S.W. contract since 1936, and is a...

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