LABOR: First for Foremen

Ford Motor Co. last week finally made up its mind about the question roiling Detroit (TIME, May 15): are foremen laborers or an arm of management? By signing a contract with the aggressive Foreman's Association of America, an independent union, Ford answered: foremen are laborers. This was the first formal contract which the two-and-a-half-year-old union had won from management.

The contract omitted the closed shop and checkoff which spry old Henry Ford had granted U.A.W.-C.I.O. But the company recognized the F.A.A. as bargaining agent for its 9.000 foremen, hoped that the contract "will produce better relations between the company and the...

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