The mayor of a city or the selectmen of a town, having knowledge that a strike or
lockout is seriously threatened or has actually occurred therein, shall at once give
notice to the board. Notice may be given by the employer or by the employees concerned in the controversy,
strike or lockout. When the board has knowledge that a strike or lockout, which involves an employer
and his present or former employees, is seriously threatened or has actually occurred,
the board shall, as soon as may be, communicate with such employer and employees and
endeavor by mediation to obtain an amicable settlement, or endeavor to persuade them
to submit the controversy to a local board of conciliation and arbitration established
under section nine or to the board. If a settlement is not agreed upon and the parties refuse to submit the matter in
dispute to arbitration, the board shall investigate the cause of such controversy
and ascertain which of the parties thereto is mainly responsible or blameworthy for
the existence or continuance of the same, and shall, unless a settlement of the controversy
is reached, make and publish a report finding such cause and assigning such responsibility
or blame. The board may employ agents to assist in said investigation. It shall, upon the request of the governor, investigate and report upon a controversy
if in his opinion it seriously affects or threatens seriously to affect the public
welfare. The board shall have the same powers for the foregoing purpose as are given to it
by sections five to eight, inclusive. The board shall by publication or otherwise inform employers and employees of their
duty to give notice to the board before resorting to a strike or lockout and of the
provisions of this chapter affecting the rights of employers and employees relative
to industrial disputes.
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