LABOR: The Losing End

Two strikes that could have disturbed the progress of the U.S. economic recovery were headed toward settlement last week. One of them was solved with remarkable amity by federal mediation; in the other, workers returned to their jobs, many of them harboring rancor that could mean intramural union trouble in months ahead.

RUBBER. The breakthrough in the 16-week strike by 60,000 members of the United Rubber Workers came after a 70-hour bargaining marathon, when union negotiators and Firestone agreed to a new pay package giving workers a 36% increase in wages and...

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