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Fact of the Week

Fact of the Week

When President Bush invoked the Taft-Hartley Act this month and ordered the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union back to work, he did something that no other president had done. While no president since Jimmy Carter in 1978 had even attempted to use the Act to stop a strike, no president had ever used the act to halt a lockout by management.

Because the lockout ended through a federal injunction and not through voluntary action by port owners, the union cannot engage in any sort of strike or slowdown during the 80-day cooling-off period. Working to rule, or adhering strictly to health and safety regulations, is considered a slowdown.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 8 October 2002.

This week's columns

Negotiating from Strength
Paul Corrigan

President Bush is right to negotiate from strength, but he is dead wrong to abuse that strength.

No Jack Kennedy
Tim Francis-Wright

President Bush has declared war with Iraq to be both necessary and urgent, yet in 1962, one of his predecessors avoided war in a much more dire situation.

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