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

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XIV SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

NO law is complete of itself.

Even the Constitution, a marvel of simplicity, required many court decisions to determine exact meanings when applied to particular situations.

As legislation was evolved to meet the growing complexities of an industrial economy, Congress thought it necessary to go further than legislation and provide for administrative tribunals with authority to interpret and power to enforce such legislation.

While the American theory of government by administrative tribunals had its origin in the nineteenth century, it remained for the New Deal to bring government by regulation into full flower.

Consequently, it has been justly said that we no longer have a government of laws but a government of agencies.

For proof of this, we can look back on a few of many decisions of the first National Labor Relations Board under the Wagner Act. This agency seemed determined to prove that the law never meant what it said but that it meant only what the NLRB said it said.

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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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