Labor, Management, and the National Interest

Archive Report

Labor-Management Summit Meetings

After a somewhat shaky start in May, the series of “summit meetings” between management and labor, sponsored by the Eisenhower administration, was resumed August 2 in an atmosphere that promised greater success than seemed likely when the plan was first advanced by George Meany, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Although Meany said after the first meeting, May 19, that the discussion behind closed doors had been “completely amicable and reasonable,” other participants intimated that the whole project might be quietly dropped.

The second meeting raised cautious hope that the “era of bad feeling” between unions and industry may be approaching an end. Some observers believe that labor-management relations have matured to the point where responsible joint consideration of the effects on the nation of ...

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