LABOR: The New Era: Fewer Strikes

Said Dwight Eisenhower in his first State of the Union message in 1953: "American labor and American business can best resolve their wage problems across the bargaining table. Government should refrain from sitting in with them." Since then, the Republican Administration has faithfully followed a hands-off policy in labor-management relations. How well has the policy worked? From the bargaining tables, picket lines and Government statistics last week came the answer.

Second Thoughts. Strikes during 1954's first seven months, the Labor Department reported, were the lowest for any seven-month figure since World War II. There were only 2,050 work stoppages involving...

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