Labor and the Compulsory Arbitration Law: Another View: Comment

Levinson, David
April 1967
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Apr67, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p450
Academic Journal
Public Law 88-108, enacted by the U.S. Congress in August 1963, was the first federal law in this nation's peacetime history requiring the use of compulsory arbitration to dissolve a labor dispute. Professor J. David Colfax reported on the results of a questionnaire he administered in which the response of organized labor generally to the enactment of the law was measured. He regards the law as possibly having important precedent-setting value of adverse consequence for the labor movement. He writes that the fact that less than half of the unions publicly protested against what might well have come to establish a precedent for future labor-government-business relations lends some indirect support to the charge of a limited sense of collective responsibility within organized labor. Colfax's hypothesis on the ground that in the American scene an issue in which the position of organized labor is actually devoid of a reasonable degree of merit is not an appropriate one for measuring the sense of solidarity or common cause within the confines of the leadership of organized labor.


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