Landrum-Griffin Labor Act

Landrum-Griffin Act

Landrum-Griffin Act, 1959, passed by the U.S. Congress, officially known as the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. It resulted from hearings of the Senate committee on improper activities in the fields of labor and management, which uncovered evidence of collusion between dishonest employers and union officials, the use of violence by certain segments of labor leadership, and the diversion and misuse of labor union funds by high-ranking officials. The act provided for the regulation of internal union affairs, including the regulation and control of union funds. Former members of the Communist party and former convicts are prevented from holding a union office for a period of five years after resigning their Communist party membership or being released from prison. Union members are protected against abuses by a bill of rights that includes guarantees of freedom of speech and periodic secret elections. Secondary boycotting and organizational and recognition picketing (i.e., picketing of companies where a rival union is already recognized) are severely restricted by the act. In the field of arbitration, an amendment to the Taft-Hartley Labor Act (1947) written into this 1959 act authorized states to process cases that fall outside the province of the National Labor Relations Board. Organized labor has, in general, opposed the act for strengthening what they consider the antilabor provisions of the Taft-Hartley Labor Act.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Labor Economics and Labor Relations
Lloyd G. Reynolds.
Prentice-Hall, 1974 (6th edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Statutory Regulation: The Landrum-Griffin Act" begins on p. 409
Labor Markets, Unions, and Government Policies
Everett Johnson Burtt Jr.
St. Martin's Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "The Landrum-Griffin Act" begins on p. 269
The American Labor Movement, 1955-1995
Walter Galenson.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Landrum-Griffin Act begins on p. 12
The State & Labor in Modern America
Melvyn Dubofsky.
University of North Carolina Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Landrum-Griffin Act begins on p. 220
The Public Interest in National Labor Policy
Labor Study Group.
Committee for Economic Development, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Landrum-Griffin Act begins on p. 147
Local Government Labor Relations: A Guide for Public Administrators
Joan E. Pynes; Joan M. Lafferty.
Quorum Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Landrum-Griffin Act begins on p. 1
Government and Labor: The Role of Government in Union-Management Relations
Herbert R. Northrup; Gordon F. Bloom.
Richard D. Irwin, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Landrum-Griffin Act"
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