LABOR: A Touch of Civil Rights Fervor

In 1963 union organizers seeking to crack the Southern textile industry picked as their No. 1 target J.P. Stevens & Co., the nation's second largest textile maker. Their reason: before it moved most of its mills south, Stevens had union contracts in some of its Northern plants, and organizers thought it might be less hostile to unionism than other Dixie employers. That was a monumental miscalculation: Stevens fought back so hard as to lead the National Labor Relations Board to accuse it last year of "unfair labor practices of unprecedented flagrancy and...

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