Compulsory Arbitration: Other Perspectives; Reply by Orme W. Phelps

Phelps, Orme W.
July 1965
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Jul65, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p589
Academic Journal
In this article the author replies to Jacob J. Kaufman, in connection with an article, written by him on compulsory arbitration. As it happens, neither Kaufman nor the author are going to have much influence on decisions as to the tolerable social cost of work stoppages-on the railroads, the docks, at missile sites, or wherever. One can argue, but someone else is going to decide. No one can say for sure which way the ball will bounce in the future, but author's vote would be that Secretary Wirtz was correct in predicting "that if collective bargaining can't produce peaceable settlements of these controversies, the public will". In fact, author's principal thesis is that Congress, the National War Labor Board, and the parties have, over the years, progressively hedged in the right to strike or lock out through the Railway Labor Act, the National Labor Relations Act, grievance arbitration requirements in agreements, substituting in each case something that fits remarkably closely the definition of compulsory arbitration.


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