WLB's Word Is Law

The War Labor Board, created by the President and reluctantly backed by Congress, has operated continuously in a shadow of doubt: were its rulings final, or of dubious legality? Last week WLB won a somewhat frightening legal victory, but one which will maintain its unquestioned authority—at least until the Supreme Court settles the question. Its victory: WLB's sweeping directives to labor and management are not subject to court review.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (of which onetime Trustbuster Thurman Arnold is the newest member) so ruled, unanimously, last week. The court based its decision, in...

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