MANAGEMENT: The Smith Decision

The National War Labor Board's tall, blond arbitrator, Dean Young Berryman Smith, 54, of Columbia University, handed in a 2,000-word decision that should enable management in the future to speak in a voice raised at least one decibel above a whisper. Dean Smith was called to arbitrate an unauthorized C.I.O. walkout staged by Wright Aeronautical Corp. workers. Their grievance: they disliked a foundry assistant supervisor, Albert Knowles, and demanded that he be fired.

Dean Smith ruled that management has the exclusive right to pick its supervisory officials and to decide on the qualifications and...

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