LABOR: On Whose Side, the Angels?

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In a resplendent Senate committee room, marble-pillared and hung with crystal chandeliers, sat a group of bored Senators. Some studied the lofty ceiling, some doodled, some blinked at the witnesses who were still parading before them after four long weeks. Every once in a while, like snapping turtles at sight of a bug, they stretched out their necks to snap and gobble.

They were the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, which had set itself the task of writing a whole new batch of labor legislation. They knew most of the...

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