National Affairs: Tele-Mediation

One day last week in Minneapolis a party of men boarded a train for Washington. Some of the party were officials of the Minneapolis-Moline Power Implement Co., others were C.I.O. union representatives. The Mediation Board wanted to see them. Minneapolis-Moline, which employs 4,100 men, had defense contracts for structural steel and iron for airplane hangars. Since last December, management and union had been arguing over wage increases and other employe demands and getting nowhere. The union had finally filed notice of its intent to strike, and Minnesota's required 30-day "cooling off" period was almost up.

The train rolled eastward. The disputants drifted...

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