LABOR: Not Present

"Absenteeism is merely a fancy word for a very plain, very stark, very ugly situation. The workers in our plants . . . are not on the job long enough, steady enough, reliably enough, and as a consequence, we are not doing a good enough job to win this war."

Representative Lyndon Baines Johnson, dark, trim Texas New Dealer, last week reported simply to the House on a complex problem—baffling every war agency. Since the war, absenteeism had doubled, tripled in many war plants.

From the House Naval Committee Lyndon Johnson rushed a "work...

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