Settle Out of Court?

Labor unions knew just how Dr. Frankenstein felt. After scaring industry out of its wits with monstrous portal-to-portal suits, unions last week got scared too.

As the suits for back pay rose to billions, the C.I.O.'s legal counsel, Lee Pressman, admitted that the whole business had got out of hand.* Cried he: "They are fantastic. Local lawyers have gone hog-wild. Suits for those incredible sums have fanned the flames of anti-unionism."

What worried Lee Pressman and other union leaders were the effects of the suits on the whole body of the Wages & Hours Act. Last week, the Senate started hearings...

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