LABOR: Problem Corked

Just before he went on vacation last week, President Roosevelt gingerly stuck a cork in his most explosive problem. The problem : the rising number of labor disputes and stoppages in defense work—and the rising protest over them.

The cork: a new National Defense Mediation Board. He hoped the cork would hold.

On the Mediation Board Mr. Roosevelt put four businessmen, four labormen, three representatives of "the public." But critics called the board a clumsy compromise in a situation which, they felt, called for something tough and full of teeth.

Vague were the...

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