The Kaiser Steel Corporation, first firm to break the back of the 105-day-old American steel strike by reaching an independent settlement with the United Steelworkers' Union, began production Oct.27 - the day after negotiations ended.
SV Steelworkers return.
CU Burning strike pamphlets.
LV Workers enter.
LV Cars arrive.
GV Steel works.
BV PAN..Workers return.
CU Workers clock in.
LV 1st shift workers enter.
CU Workman takes hold of tools.
SV Ditto doing repairs.
SV. Another ditto.
SV Workman wheels gas cylinder.
GV INT..of works.
CU Acetylene worker doffs goggles.
CU Acetylene burner.
SV Worker doing repairs.
PAN DOWN..Exterior of furnace.
SV Men on platform to repair roof.
CU Gears oiled.
SV Steam escaping.
CU Lighting material on pole.
CU Carrying same.
LV Ditto to furnace.
CU Lighting gas jets in furnace.
SV Workman with burning newspaper relights gas jets.
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Background: The Kaiser Steel Corporation, first firm to break the back of the 105-day-old American steel strike by reaching an independent settlement with the United Steelworkers' Union, began production Oct.27 - the day after negotiations ended. At the main plant in Fontana, South California, the first 1,000 of 7,500 workers on strike returned to man the furnaces idle since the July shutdown. It will be more than a month before work returns to normal. Kaiser, the biggest steel manufacturer west of the Mississippi River, breached the solid front of the basic steel industry in its long and bitter contract fight with the workers.
The agreement provides for improvements in insurance, pensions and wages and operates until June 30, 1961.
With a complement of 10,615 workers, and an annual output of 5,000,000 ingot tons a year, it is America's ninth major steel producer.
Soon after the Kaiser agreement, the Detroit Steel Company signed a similar contract. Unlike the Kaiser company, Detroit operated throughout the strike under a special contract extension agreement.
Latest development in the nation-wide strike: the United States Supreme Court upheld a Taft-Hartley Act injunction, invoking an 80-day cooling off period in the strike, but continued a stay against the back-to-work order until Nov. 2.