LABOR: Significant Decisions

The twelve-man War Labor Board made three significant decisions last week:

> For the second time in as many weeks WLB punished a union for being a bad boy, denied maintenance of membership to the locals in certain Monsanto Chemical Co. plants. Unlike the precedent-setting Aluminum Co. of America case (TIME, Aug. 31), WLB gave specific reason for its action: the union broke a "no-strike" pledge, called a five-day, 700-man strike in July.

> The board stretched its famed 15% Little Steel formula still further, granted a 5½¢-an-hour pay boost, maintenance of membership and checkoff to 250,000 U.S. Steel Corp. workers....

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