Truman Reliance of Fact-Finding Method
Fact-finding by special boards with power to make A recommendations for settlement—the method preferred by President Truman for dealing with labor disputes in major industries when collective bargaining breaks down—is undergoing a decisive test in the present controversy in the basic steel industry.
If the report submitted on Sept. 10 by the emergency board created by the President for the steel dispute becomes the basis for a peaceful settlement—and wins acceptance as a pattern for contracts in other mass industries—the prestige of the fact-finding process will be greatly enhanced. It may later be adopted by Congress as the central feature of government labor policy. If a work stoppage in steel occurs despite the contribution made through the fact-finding process, the President ...