In February, a news feature in an issue of SN predicted that the spate of expiring labor contracts this year was a harbinger of no less than a "gathering storm." Well, it looks as though the storm has not just gathered, but, as of late last week, was sending vigorous bolts of cloud-to-ground lightning into California, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. There are copious details from the labor front in the news article on the front page of this week's SN. But for now, let's figure ...

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