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

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XV A NATIONAL LABOR POLICY-- SHORT TERM

NO sooner had the Taft-Hartley law been enacted over the Truman veto than the Republican leaders of both the House and Senate decided that no more legislation to which organized labor could possibly object would be passed until after the presidential election of 1948.

I have never felt that the great body of the electorate which has been faithful and loyal to the Republican party during the years would have approved this decision.

Nevertheless, the decision was made and adhered to with a steadfastness worthy of a better cause.

I regretted it at the time, and regret it now, both personally and on behalf of the Republican party.

I had decided to retire from Congress before my selection as chairman of the House Labor Committee, and, naturally, long before the Taft-Hartley bill became law.

I have but one regret in leaving Congress.

That regret is that the Taft-Hartley Act doesn't complete the job the Republican party set out to do in November of 1946. We

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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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