National Affairs: New Mediation Board

The machinery of the National Defense Mediation Board, which had been hum ming for eight months, finally coughed and groaned to a virtual halt. When the board's decision went against John Lewis in the captive-mine dispute, C.I.O. members resigned and C.I.O. withdrew its disputes from the board's dominion. Since C.I.O. and labor disputes are practically synonymous, the board was left with no work to do. Last week in Washington, board stenographers polished their bright red fingernails; some board members went off to fish.

But it was clear that the board was still far from the scrap heap. Mechanics were already at work...

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