LABOR: Making Striking Cheap

"This decision will force an employer, in effect, to finance a strike against himself through providing company-wide strike benefits." So said Ford Motor Co.'s Vice President John Bugas, commenting on a Michigan State Supreme Court decision which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review last week. What the Michigan court decision did was to repeal a longstanding rule that functionally integrated plants are all part of the same establishment. Hereafter, employers may be taxed to pay unemployment compensation even when the union strikes a plant on which the whole company operation depends for an essential part.

The case grew out...

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