Our New National Labor Policy: The Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps

By Fred A. Hartley Jr. | Go to book overview

I A NEW CONGRESS--A NEW DIRECTION

AMERICA wanted a new labor law. America needed a new labor law.

Out of the welter of conflicting issues that made up the 1946 congressional elections, that one fact was clear and unmistakable.

Most of us among the leaders of the Republican congressional delegation that assembled in Washington in January, 1947, were convinced that the future of our party--and, more than that, the future of our country--lay in the speedy enactment of legislation designed to equalize the positions of management and labor in this nation.

Let us go back for a moment and see what was going on when the 80th Congress convened.

The most significant current event in January, 1947, was the John L. Lewis vs. the United States suit pending before the U. S. Supreme Court. The American people had been watching, with a great deal of self-interest, the contest of wills between the Presidents of the United States and the United Mine Workers.

In this instance, a labor leader had again shown his belief that

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Modern Industry Books ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Publisher''s Note v
  • Title Page vii
  • Foreword ix
  • I- a New Congress--A New Direction 1
  • II- The Need for Change 7
  • III- The Men behind the New Law 22
  • IV- Where Labor Leadership Failed 37
  • V- The Hartley Bill Passes the House 49
  • VI- Hurdles in the Senate 62
  • VII- Compromise in Conference 75
  • VIII- Politics by Veto 89
  • IX- The Worker and the Taft-Hartley Act 103
  • X- The Employer and the Taft-Hartley Act 116
  • XI- The Public and the Taft-Hartley Act 128
  • ■xii the New Nlrb 139
  • ■xiii What We Left out 149
  • XIV- Significant Developments in the Law 160
  • XV- A National Labor Policy-- Short Term 171
  • XVI- The Long-Term Goal 184
  • Text of Labor Management Act, 1947 195
  • Index 236
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