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' . ■ / We are not sore, and we doubt if our employees are. It is apparent that many writers for the daily press don't know and therefore it is difficult for the general public to know; what this strike is about We think that the President’s Board must themselves be wondering what the strike is about The CI.O. has demanded the acceptance of their own interpretation of the findings of the President’s Board. * Inland Steel has considered the findings as a suggestion for further negotiations. On the question of employee welfare benefits the President’s Board reported as follows: ■ i ~ ? » * . « f- Mfc • - & * M - ^ y. . I I * " f * p ' i “The sunn Impasse reached in whatever collective bargaining there was related to whether the social Insurance plan to adopted should be contributory or whether the employer should pay all. This is a subject which has occupied a great deal. a of the Board’s attention. It is a matter upon which both sides have very decided views and present very cogent arguments. Perhaps uniformity here will be impossible. In the few existing plans in companies itt basic steel there is no uniform pat* tern in this respect either. In the bargaining contracts which this union has made with other companies not in basic steel there is also no uniformity. Decision will have to come by collective bargaining which will take into account differences among the various companies. * ' **We are recommending, however, that in general the system of insurance established by the parties should he noncon tributory.* The C.I.O. has recently entered Into contracts involving social insurance on a basis where in the employee pays a substantial part of the cost* On the matter of pensions the Board made the following recommendation: **We beKeve that it would be highly inadvisable and unrealistic to bargain seriously over a pension plan without first Caving a thorough study jointly made. Intelligent and constructive bargaining over its terms and conditions would be mate rially enhanced by such a study. We believe such a study is the intelligent preliminary to working out a sound pension pro gram. We realize that the employees are impatient and would like to avoid further delay but we know of no other reliable approach. To avoid undue delay we are recommending that the study be undertaken at once and pressed to a conclusion as promptly as possible. Since all parties agree that pensions will be bargainable at the time the present contracts expire in April, 1950, it is hoped that the study will be concluded at least 60 days before that time, in order to give the parties a full chance to bargain.** Do you wonder why everybody asks the question: WHAT IS THIS STRIKE ABOUT? Ike trouble with the rteel Mrlke 1. .Imply that the C.I.O. I. determined te emnbHth . ■mien-wide eteel pmtern on their own term* Ne .Her, however fair, mm. to be mo eeptable if It differs from their pattern. , This is monopoly* V ^ ' i Ibis is a dangerous thing for Ameriea. inland Steel Company ✓ . '