SHIPBUILDING: Pegging the Labor Market

First big management-union agreement to end labor pirating, labor shifting and strikes in defense industries hard-pressed for skilled workers was being put through ast week under OPM auspices. The industry : West Coast shipbuilding, where eleven mushrooming private yards are busy on $667,000,000 in contracts.

With a production boom reminiscent of World War I's Hog Island days (TIME, March 31), shipbuilding has looked like a ure bet for strikes. Even without strikes the industry has had enough trouble.

Workmen had a way of disappearing suddenly, gone to seek (or lured to) greener fields. Precious man-hours were wasted traveling from yard...

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