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The Toledo strike was part of this movement of intermittent strikes, largely organizing strikes, that were taking place all through the automobile industry, not very long lasting, usually quickly adjusted by the reference of the grievance to this board, or to some other board, or by the actions of a conciliator sent in by the government. There was a strike in Toledo in the Auto-Lite plant. That was a plant that supplied parts to the automobile industry.

One of the great problems in the automobile industry was that almost every automobile company assembled its automobiles, made some parts of them on the premises, but bought from parts suppliers some other things. The practice of buying from outside suppliers was one of the elements in their competitive system. Some factories could buy cheaper than they could make and some could make cheaper than they could buy. Some of them had standard contracts and agreements with part suppliers that they would buy so many thousands, dozens, or gross

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