THE conference on the measure went on for three busy weeks.
The Senate passed its version of H. R. 3020, my bill, on May 13. Three weeks later, on June 3, I reported the combined Taft- Hartley bill to the House of Representatives.
Our strategy at that time was so simple as to be almost transparent.
We had to retain as much of the House measure as we could without jeopardizing the final two-thirds majority in the Senate.
As the situation developed the conference became a battle of nerves and, more than that, a battle of public relations.
We had to create the general impression that most of the original Hartley bill had been discarded by the conferees in favor of the so-called milder provisions of Taft's bill.
The press of the country did an excellent job in presenting the major differences between the two measures. In contrasting the two versions an impression had been created that the Senate bill was weak, confused, and inadequate. More than one member
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Publication information: Book title: Our New National Labor Policy:The Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps. Contributors: Fred A. Hartley Jr. - Author. Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1948. Page number: 75.
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