By June’s end, the Little Steel Strike collapsed. The Steel Workers Organizing Committee failed to organize workers and ordered its men back to work without a contract. Ten people had been killed and a hundred wounded in the “Memorial Day Massacre” clash between strikers and police at Republic’s South Chicago plant.
Republic pilots had delivered 200,000 pounds of supplies. “In buying these airplanes, in flying food and supplies to the beleaguered plants,” Girdler said in Boot Straps, “Republic Steel Corporation was simply taking care of its own.”
—Robert G. Pushkar