Labour, Industry and the War
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 6 Oct 1942, p. 50-64


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Labour, Industry and the War


A discussion of how industry and labour can best work together to help win the war. The similar problems faced by the United States and Canada. Defending democracy and free enterprise. How we can most effectively mobilize our power and resources to win the war. The job of out-producing the Axis, to furnish our armed forces wherever they may be with an unlimited supply of the most effective weapons of war. The superiority of our resources and our productive genius. The psychological superiority of free men over slaves. Harnessing our strength and getting the team-work we need. The need for a better understanding between management and labour. Condemning work stoppages. Collective bargaining in the U.S. The Federal Conciliation Service and the National War Labor Board. Labour's no-strike policy. A few employers who have taken advantage of the no-strike policy. The responsibility of labour and management to maintain peaceful industrial relations and an uninterrupted production. Increases in war production. Some concrete examples of the breathtaking achievements that are hastening Hitler's doom, with figures. Management and labour on the same side. The structure of the American Federation of Labor and its principles and policies. An example to show how frank exchange of information serves to remove misunderstandings. Changes in attitude towards unions. The National Labor Act ushering in a new era. Expanding the field of cooperation by the formation of management-labour committees in war production plants. Benefits of labour management co-operation. The example of the Garment Workers Union being able to help an employer financially and save his business. The example of the Canadian National Railways making great strides in the efficiency of operations and in maintenance through union-management cooperation. Meeting between the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers to explore ways and means by which management and labour could reach areas of agreement on fundamental and basic problems and arrive at a basis for joint action for the solution of problems with a minimum of Government intervention.