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John Gibson blasts GSI for negotiating in ‘bad faith’ - 1948

John W. Gibson, assistant secretary of labor under President Harry Truman, is shown in a November 27, 1945 photograph.


He later served as chair of the Displaced Persons Commission after World War II and chair of the Michigan Department of Labor and Industries.


While at the U.S. Labor Department Gibson helped broker a settlement of the 1947 government cafeteria workers strike between Local 471 of the Cafeteria and Restaurant Workers union and Government Services Inc. (GSI) —the predominant government cafeteria contractor.


During the 1948 strike by Local 471 against GSI, Gibson blasted GSI for negotiating in “bad faith.”


Gibson told a delegation of Local 471 members that GSI’s rejection of Conciliator George S. Strong’s recommendation to settle the strike was especially galling, “particularly after having investigated Strong and then accepting him” as conciliator.


When Gibson left government service he went into business, becoming one of the first franchise owners of a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the Washington area.


He was general chair of the board of the Dominion National Bank and a founder of Security National Bank.


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The photographer is unknown. The original source is unknown. The image was obtained via an Internet sale.

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Taken on November 27, 1945