WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR LABOR UNIONS! by Maurice R. Franks

WHAT'S WRONG WITH OUR LABOR UNIONS!

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KIRKUS REVIEW

According to this author, as well perhaps as to nearly everyone else today, the answer to the question posed as an exclamation in the above title is ""Plenty!"" But Mr. Franks, either despite or because of his having been a unionist of long standing, and despite calling (and believing) himself a firm friend of labor, has quite other wrongs in mind than one might ordinarily suppose; in 1935 he fought against the ""infamous"" Wagner Act, and in 1947 and 1959 he fought for the Taft-Hartley and Landrum-Griffin Acts. As Senator Karl E. Mundt remarks in the Introduction, the author believes ""with unwavering consistency that labor and management... are not natural-born enemies but are the closest of mutual friends--"" certainly a viewpoint which ""could not help but bring Franks into violent collision with those among the leaders of modern unionism who were becoming more concerned with partisan politics and social planning than with the functions of collective bargaining."" Flying the banner of Samuel Gompers, Mr. Franks flays ""manherding"", corruption, ""needless strikes"", government intervention, and ""punks, pinks and pantywaists"" --all in the name of ""common sense"" and free enterprise. There is not one word of present or future effects of automation upon labor's position in the economy; it is a work, in fact, which except for its staunch Cold War stance, could have been written 50 years age.

Pub Date: May 27th, 1963
Publisher: Cobbs-Merrill