During World War I, the government had an interest in having production uninterrupted by strikes. The use of arbitration was introduced to settle disputes. Interest arbitration is applied when terms and conditions are the source of the dispute. (This is in contrast to rights arbitration which is applied to interpret existing contracts.) In this video, we see a fictionalized account of an interest arbitration proceeding in the meatpacking industry. The diversity of the immigrant labor force of that era is apparent.
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