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Representatives of the A. F. of L. chosen as bargaining agents by the cooks, bus boys, and waitresses, sat down yesterday around the conference table with Mr. Durant and Mr. Westcott to arrive at some sort of an agreement concerning their mutual problems. Many students will agree that this represents a progressive and far-sighted policy, well in keeping with Harvard's liberal tradition. The meeting yesterday embodied the democratic method of ironing out conflicting interests by rational deliberation.
The function of a university in a democracy is to pioneer in the application of rational techniques to the solution of practical problems. In this Harvard has long held a position of leadership. Harvard's willingness to negotiate illustrates that these liberal principles are not only enunciated from the lecture platform, but are also applied to the solution of its own practical labor problems.
The keynote of yesterday's discussion was one of open-minded compromise. It is important that this spirit continue to characterize the relationship between Harvard and her employees. Robert E. Lane '39 David Lit '38; A. Jerome Himclhock The Labor Committee of the Harvard Student Union