LABOR: Businessmen and Strikes

After a long silence business last week spoke — and spoke a surprising mouthful —about the big question of whether labor has a right to strike during the defense program. Loudest wranglers on the subject have been labor-baiting Congressmen, exploding spasmodically with anti-strike proposals. Typical was the bill proposed by Chairman Vinson, of the House Naval Affairs Committee, which would discourage unionism by prohibiting the closed shop in defense plants, clamp a "cooling-off" period on disputes.

Quite a different tone had the voice of business issuing from the Committee on Manufacture of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. In...

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