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

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

VI HURDLES IN THE SENATE

THE Senate of the United States traditionally has been slow to follow shifts in public sentiment.

Students of government have ascribed this tendency to the six-year term which retains a Senator in office for several years after the basic issues on which he may originally have been elected have ceased to be significant. While the entire membership of the House of Representatives faces an election every two years, the Senate sends only one-third of its members before the polls that frequently.

As a result, public opinion recasts the political complexion of the House of Representatives every other year. The Members of the House who voted so overwhelmingly for the Hartley bill were fresh from election campaigns. They remembered vividly the issues of those campaigns, and acted so as to redeeem their election promises.

The Senate was a different matter.

While the control of the Senate had shifted from Democratic

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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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