Public Intervention in Labor Disputes

Archive Report

Nation-Wide Strikes and the Public Need

Possibility of Steel and Rail Strikes in 1959

The Question of how far the federal government should go in controlling the collective bargaining process is likely to come up for renewed debate in the next few months. A rash of airline strikes at the end of last year, coupled with a labor dispute that shut down New York City's newspapers for 19 days, gave fresh notice of the fact that labor-management conflicts can inflict heavy penalties on large segments of the population. Members of Congress, the Department of Labor, the press, and numerous private citizens already are sorting through the familiar pile of remedies in search of one that will protect the public against strike emergencies without unduly restricting free ...

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