National Affairs: Labor Reform Act of 1959

In the old Supreme Court Chamber of the U.S. Capitol's Senate wing late one afternoon last week, reporters flushed a pair of tired Senators. Democrat John Kennedy of Massachusetts and conservative Republican Barry Goldwater of Arizona showed the strain of 2½ grueling weeks of battle, generally with each other, inside the 14-man Senate-House conference committee assigned to work out differences between Senate and House versions of the Labor Reform Act of 1959. A reporter asked Kennedy how labor unions would feel about the final bill just agreed on, and Goldwater playfully answered for him by shoving an imaginary labor knife into...

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