LABOR: Management Walks Out

The more outsiders tried to bring them together, the farther apart General Motors arid the strikers of the United Automobile Workers Union strayed. Would fact-finding help? After four weeks of trying, the answer seemed to be no. Would it help for the President to announce that he considered ability to pay a "relevant" issue? The answer seemed to be positively no.

To the President's fact-finding panel went a company statement carefully drawn up by Lawyer Walter Gordon Merritt, long a thorn in labor's side.* His argument: 1) no fact-finding board could do more than guess at a company's ability to...

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