MANPOWER: Streamlined Hijacking

The vital rubber city of Akron last week was beating off a streamlined version of the old labor-pirating racket. Swamped with war orders and short of skilled workers, 20 small, back-alley machine shops had hijacked machinists from bigger war plants. Their system was simple: each would hire someone else's skilled worker away as a "private contractor," let him "bid" on each job he turned out and "rent" the machine he worked on. Technically, this wile put the worker in business for himself. Thus the worker who changed jobs needed no WMC statement of availability, and by "bidding"...

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