Labor: An Unhappy Precedent

Something seemed to be different. Last year, in the name of protecting the nation's economic interests, President Kennedy leaped headlong into a success ful effort to keep Big Steel from raising its prices. But in 1963, with Big Labor threatening a devastating national railway strike for this week, Kennedy clearly wants no part of the dispute.

To be sure, his Secretary of Labor, Willard Wirtz, has labored patiently to bring about a settlement. Last week he even got the five operating railroad unions to agree, for the first time, to "consider" the...

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