THE CONGRESS: Collective Interests

The Supreme Court this week upheld the right of foremen under the Wagner Act to organize for collective bargaining. Said Justice Jackson for the 5-to-4 majority: though the foremen's interests lie with management in maintaining production, they may be opposed when it comes to fixing wages, hours and working conditions. Therefore, foremen must be allowed "collective action to protect their collective interests."

Under this decision, snapped Justice Douglas in vigorous dissent, "if a union of vice presidents apply for recognition as a collective bargaining agency, I do not see how we could deny it."

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