National Affairs: Shattered Peace

Except for growling by Arizona's labor-baiting Republican Senator Barry Goldwater, an almost millennial peace marked the early days of the Kennedy-Ives labor-reform bill. After the Senate Labor Committee voted it out a fortnight ago by a bipartisan margin of 12 to Goldwater, nobody in Washington took up Goldwater's cry that the bill was "milk toast." Labor chieftains kept a discreet silence—understandably, since Massachusetts' John Fitzgerald Kennedy had consulted A.F.L.-C.I.O. brass while he was drafting the bill.

Designed to dent the labor-union corruption and thug rule exposed by Arkansas' John McClellan's labor-management racketeering committee,...

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