LABOR: Atlantic & Pacific Brothers

Fortnight ago the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. announced that it would close its 300 stores in Cleveland for good & all. Just a week later A. & P. announced that it would forthwith reopen all its Cleveland stores. Those events bracketed two events in industrial history:

Event No. 1 was the first major assault of organized labor on a big chain-store system. Whether or not, as the Cleveland Federation of Labor charged, the A. & P. had frowned on its employes' joining unions,...

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