Lester, Richard A.
June 1952
New Republic;6/16/52, Vol. 126 Issue 24, p10
This article discusses the steel crisis in the U.S. The present steel crisis is governed by contusion and perpetuated by political maneuvering. The need for new legislation to meet emergency strike situations is urgent; its nature seems dear. The inadequacy of the national emergency provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act was recognized in the Defense Production Act of 1950, which contains a separate Title V on "The Settlement of Labor Disputes." In the first place, the Taft-Hartley Act is silent on disputes in individual plants or companies, such as the recent Douglas Aircraft, and Borg-Warner strikes, because that law applies only to "a threatened or actual strike or lockout affecting an entire industry or a substantial part thereof."


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