Public Policy: An End to Featherbedding

For nearly a decade, the men who run the nation's railroads have been battling doggedly to eliminate the union-imposed "featherbedding" that the railroads claim costs them an unnecessary $500 million a year. Most of the time, it has seemed a losing fight. Last week in Washington the tide unexpectedly turned when a presidential arbitration commission decided that the Order of Railroad Telegraphers was unjustified in demanding the right to veto job cutbacks on the Chicago & North Western Railway.

Last week's ruling was the work of Sylvester Garrett, 50, a Pittsburgh lawyer who earned his reputation as an arbitrator in...

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