Postponing Strikes: A Study of the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act of Canada

Postponing Strikes: A Study of the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act of Canada

Postponing Strikes: A Study of the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act of Canada

Postponing Strikes: A Study of the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act of Canada

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About ten years ago the Russell Sage Foundation published a pamphlet entitled, Industrial Disputes and the Canadian Act, Facts about Nine Years' Experience with Compulsory Investigation in Canada, giving the findings of an inquiry made by a member of the staff of the Department of Industrial Studies, Ben M. Selekman. This book is a second report on the same subject by the same investigator. It embodies data of the earlier study and adds the results of nine additional years of experience. It is much more than a supplementary inquiry. The experience of eighteen years gives a more comprehensive and convincing picture of the actual effects of the act than the first nine of these years. Contrasts as well as similarities in the findings are significant.

Both studies are the result of observation "from the outside, looking in." The purposes of the Russell Sage Foundation are confined to our own country. Its charter states its aim as the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States. Often, however, crucial questions arise here to which the experience of our neighbor to the north may supply answers. This was true in 1916, when the threatened railroad strike in the United States brought many suggestions for the prevention of similar danger in the future. Frequent references were made then to the Canadian Industrial Disputes Investigation Act as a means of preventing strikes. The first study, made in 1916, had the specific purpose of answering the question, "Is the Canadian act a law which, if . . .

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