Labor: Kaiser's New Approach

As they went on shift in Fontana, Calif., last week, 7,000 employees of the Kaiser Steel Corp. stopped off at improvised polling booths at the plant gates. By an overwhelming 74% vote, the Kaiser workers agreed to give a four-year trial to an experimental labor contract that may ultimately alter the tone of collective bargaining in the U.S.

The new Kaiser contract is the product of two years' work by a committee that Kaiser Chairman Edgar Kaiser, 54, and the United Steelworkers set up in a joint effort to prevent a repetition of...

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