LABOR: The Cost of Compromise

The U.S. Congress was confronted last week with the necessity of having to cough up money to implement one of its more unwary pieces of legislation.

It was spring and, as usual, the fancy of John L. Lewis and his United Mine Workers had lightly turned to thoughts of strikes. Complying with the terms of the Smith-Connally Act, they formally announced their intention. That meant that the U.S. Government would have to poll 400,000 miners in 3,000-odd voting booths to find out whether they did or did not want to strike.

For this unprecedented undertaking, the National Labor Relations Board will have...

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