Home Affairs: Flicker of Light

When does an employer's expression of anti-union opinions become intimidation of employes? Into one of the dimmest corners of the cavernous Wagner Act the Supreme Court last week cast a small nicker of light.

The question has always been in a shadowy, ill-defined area. The National Labor Relations Board has loudly upheld employers' right to freedom of speech. But the effect of many of the board's decisions has been to convince employers that they cannot actually speak out. Tiptoeing around in the threatening shadows of the act, many a boss has been scared to peep.

Bold Henry Ford once lashed out. He distributed...

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