LABOR: Week of Decisions

The National Labor Relations Board last week issued a handful of precedent-setting decisions. Among them:

¶ A union must honor an arbitration clause in a contract. The A.F.L. Teamsters Union refused to obey such a clause in a contract with W. L. Mead, Inc. of Boston, went on strike anyway. The company fired the strikers, and the board upheld it.

¶ The NLRB ruled that it did not have the power to force a labor union, when it is an employer, to use fair labor practices. In Portland. Ore., when the Teamsters Union discovered that its 23 office workers...

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