On October 9 President Eisenhower invoked the Taft-Hartley Law to stop the 86-day-old steel strike, but on October 7 some of the steelworkers were still hoping the Law would not be invoked.
On October 9 President Eisenhower invoked the Taft-Hartley Law to stop the 86-day-old steel strike, but on October 7 some of the steelworkers were still hoping the Law would not be invoked. They formed a motor cavalcade and drove up to the Palm Springs, California, retreat where President Eisenhower was on vacation to petition him not to invoke the Taft-Hartley Law.
They were unable to see Mr. Eisenhower personally, but were met by Press secretary Hagerty, who agreed to take their petition to the President. The petition called for a settlement of the strike by normal negotiation, and Hagerty told petitioners: "The President hopes the strike will be settled by collective bargaining, too."
Invoking the Taft-Hartley Law, President Eisenhower announced that the national interest demanded an immediate resumption of production in the vital steel industry. He had been advised by both parties in the strike that negotiations between then had broken down and that they saw no hope for an early voluntary settlement.
Under the Law, a board of inquiry, which will report to the President, has been set up, and the next step under the Act will be to seek a Court injunction against continued work stoppage.
The Law - already invoked to bring about a temporary resumption of work by the striking American dock workers - provides for a "cooling off" period of 80 days, in which work is resumed and further efforts for a settlement can be made.