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The Labor Board CrewRemaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era$
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Ronald W. Schatz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043628

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.001.0001

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“How Can We Avoid a Columbia?”

“How Can We Avoid a Columbia?”

The Student Revolt, 1964–71

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(p.144) 7 “How Can We Avoid a Columbia?”
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The Labor Board Crew
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Ronald W. Schatz

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043628.003.0007

American universities were unprepared for the explosion of student protests on their campuses in the mid-1960s. Consequently, trustees of many leading universities appointed their industrial relations professors—the National War Labor Board vets and their protégés—as their new presidents, chancellors, and top deans. Clark Kerr botched the job at the University of California at Berkeley, but the Labor Board vets were more successful elsewhere. They not only mediated conflicts on their campuses but designed conflict-resolution systems that remain in place at universities and colleges throughout the nation. Their systems drew on the models they created with unions and management in the 1940s. This chapter explains the development by focusing on Robben Fleming at the University of Michigan, John McConnell at the University of New Hampshire, and John Dunlop at Harvard University.

Keywords:   student protests, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Free Speech Movement, Clark Kerr, University of California at Berkeley, Robben Fleming, University of Michigan, 1964-1971, conflict resolution, mediation

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