Business: Battle of the West Coast

Not from any anti-labor die-hard Tory but from one of labor's most liberal-minded employers last week came an appeal for modification of the Wagner Act. The appealer was Henry J. Kaiser. His reason: the jurisdictional fight in three of his shipyards between A.F. of L. unions and C.I.O.

More than a year ago he signed an agreement making A.F. of L. sole bargaining agent for the handful of shipyard workers then employed in his yards. Since then total yard employment has jumped to 150,000—a huge army of dues payers who are hungrily eyed by rival C.I.O. shipbuilding unions.

Last week C.I.O. succeeded in...

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