National Affairs: There Ought to Be a Law!

The outraged U.S. wanted a law against strikes. The President agreed that there would have to be anti-strike legislation. Just as outraged as the public, Congressmen dashed off in all directions at once.*

Among the bills that emerged from the legislative scramble: the Connally bill in the Senate, the Norton bill in the House. Texas' Tom Connally would have the President immediately take over defense industries and freeze labor relations whenever work was interrupted by a strike.

The Norton bill laid down a method for handling disputes by: 1) negotiation, 2) conciliation, 3) mediation. Compulsory arbitration, which was to have been...

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