Labor: A Satisfactory Steel Settlement

"Some people said it couldn't be done," said United Steelworkers President David McDonald, "but we've done it." "A significant development in the history of collective bargaining," agreed R. Conrad Cooper, a U.S. Steel vice president and the industry's chief negotiator. The White House passed on word that President Kennedy was "gratified."

The news was not unexpected, but that did not dampen its revolutionary impact. After 51 months of meetings, labor and management agreed on a 13-week paid sabbatical vacation once every five years (on a rotating basis) for all hourly workers in the top half of the seniority ranks...

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