LABOR: Question in Detroit

What is a foreman? Most employers claim he is a boss, and therefore an arm of management. The Foreman's Association of America, a labor union, claims that a foreman is an employe and thus entitled to bargain collectively. NLRB and WLB have skittishly skirted the question.

In Detroit last week, 2,850 F.A.A. members, striking for union recognition, left eleven war plants without foremen. Intense, young (32) F.A.A. President Robert H. Keys, lashing out in all directions, blamed the strike on 1) stubborn plant management, 2) the Government, 3) a hostile National Association of Manufacturers. Pleading the case for his foremen, President...

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