Home Affairs: No Thrill for Mr. Roosevelt

The issue of the closed shop arose again last week to vex the President. His labor-management conference, instead of agreeing on a program to end strikes, stumbled over an old block: the closed shop.

Management men wanted labor to promise not to raise the issue until after the war. A.F. of L. and C.I.O. leaders, loudly united, would promise no such thing. They would promise not to strike, they would mediate, they would consent to arbitration. But they would keep on trying for closed-shop contracts.

After two and a half days of arguing, the conferees recessed without giving President Roosevelt the "thrill" he...

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