The Nation: Son of Joe Hill

After a costly ten-week strike last fall, the United Auto Workers won an immediate 13% wage increase from General Motors and then turned on Chrysler, which yielded similar raises, including a 13% pay boost for several thousand white-collar workers.

Last week officers of the U.A.W. in Detroit found themselves in a painful role reversal. Around Solidarity House, the U.A.W. headquarters, 350 of the union's own hirelings, members of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Office and Professional Employees International Union, had thrown a picket line, demanding that the U.A.W. cough up the same 13% raise that it had won for the auto workers.

It mattered little that...

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