Business: Top Troubleshooter

Talks between men's suit makers and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers had reached an impasse that moved the normally peaceful union to launch its first strike in 53 years. Then W.J. ("Bill") Usery Jr., director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, stepped in. Knocking labor and management heads together during three days of protracted bargaining sessions, he coaxed the two sides to make peace. The new pact, ratified by 90% of the union's members last week, will raise hourly wages from $3.60 to $4.60 over the next three years, provide an escalator to...

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