South Viet Nam: Toward Negotiation

Outside four olive-drab sheds, which will ultimately house army latrines, 1,100 Vietnamese construction workers at Phan Rang last week excitedly queued up to cast what were, for almost all of them, their first ballots. When the free, secret election was over, they had chosen a ten-person "workers' council" to deal with their employer, the U.S. construction combine, which is led by Morrison-Knudsen of Boise, Idaho, and known as RMK-BRJ.* Far from fighting the unionization, the combine sponsored it as one way to ease around a barrier it had not bargained for: labor unrest.

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