New Conflicts Over Featherbedding
A bitter struggle over union work rules has been a prime factor in making the current steel strike the longest in 40 years. Steel management and steel labor have locked horns over authority to alter working conditions which vary from plant to plant across the country. Another fight about work rules is apt to be the central issue in negotiations between the railroads and railroad operating employees on labor agreements to replace contracts which expired Oct. 31. The same question has been involved this year in labor disputes on the nation's waterfronts, in the packing industry, and in other sectors.
Industry's stated objective in each case has been to remove supposed bars to increased productivity. Labor's stand has been based on fear ...