LABOR: A Tremendous Victory

It was about ten years since the respectable bosses of the railroad brotherhoods made the big discovery: if they acted more like John Lewis and those fellows, if they just sat stubbornly through wage negotiations and thumbed their noses at mediators and fact-finding boards, a New Deal Government would give them almost everything they wanted.

The strategy worked in 1941 and 1943. Despite Harry Truman's fuming that railroad strikers ought to be conscripted into the Army, it worked again in 1946, again in 1948. The new policy made a joke out of what for years had been recognized as the...

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