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working there - Goodrich, Goodyear, and some others. So Akron is primarily a rubber town.

There had never been much organization in the rubber industry. It was a well organized town in all the building trades, the printers' trades, and that sort of thing. But there was practically no organization in the rubber industry, although there were a certain number of persons who belonged to craft unions of one kind or another and who worked in the rubber industry. There was no prohibition against taking a man because he belonged to the carpenters' union, or the machinists' union. They were in there plying their own trade alongside the rubber workers.

However, the thing that was interesting about the Akron strike was this. These companies had been losing money, of course, like all other great industrial companies, because of the depression Period. They had sought to find some of the remedies for their depressed condition in an examination of their own mothods, their efficiency, with an attempt to measure the efficiency of their plants. There was a sort of an employers' group in Akron. Most of the people who operate the factories live in Akron themselves. It's very interesting on that account. The headquarters of the firms are there.

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