John Lewis, labor's bullyboy, was slapped down, hard. This week the National Defense Mediation Board answered Lewis' demand for a union-shop contract in the captive coal mines (TIME, Nov. 10).
By an unexpectedly overwhelming vote of 9-to-2, they said: No!
Only votes for Lewis came from C.I.O. President Philip Murray and the Mine Workers' Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Kennedy. Two leaders of the A.F. of L. joined four representatives of industry, three of the public.
Weary, rumpled Board Chairman William H. Davis faced newsmen in the littered Mediation Board room which conferees had just vacated and...