National Affairs: Storm Signal

With John L. Lewis missing, the annual Miami conclave of the A.F.L.'s executive council was as lifeless as a fried clam. But the A.F.L. elders bestirred themselves enough to issue a chesty proclamation. With the Taft-Hartley Act in effect, they declared, it is "beyond reason and common sense" to expect industrial peace to continue. "America is now experiencing a lull before the storm. When present collective bargaining contracts expire, the most difficult period in the history of labor relations in this country threatens to ensue." Whether this was an honest warning to industry or mostly propaganda for bargaining purposes, only the...

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