Labor: Euphemism of Postponement

Last year Lyndon Johnson promised a program to protect the nation from large-scale crippling strikes. He has yet to propose such legislation. Last week, faced with one of the nation's recurring rail crises, he pledged at a press conference to propose a workable formula that would exclude compulsory arbitration so hated by labor. Next day the President produced a plan that would astutely avert a strike—without eliminating compulsory arbitration.

It fell to Labor Secretary Willard Wirtz to produce a salable euphemism. With bureaucratic finesse, he described the new plan as "mediation to finality." The term did not mollify A.F.L.-C.I.O. President...

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