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

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

III THE MEN BEHIND THE NEW LAW

ON THE day the 80th Congress convened, the internal congressional situation was confused and uncertain. At stake were party offices in both branches which had been filled by Democrats for almost sixteen years.

Old-timers in the Republican party were concerned over the selection of a majority leader in the House of Representatives. It was believed, rightly or wrongly, that this office would have a great effect on the 1948 presidential campaign.

At the outset little thought was given to the selection of a chairman for the House Committee on Education and Labor.

To begin with, the Republicans had to solve the many problems that arise when control of the legislative branches shifts from one of the major political parties to the other. Moreover the Reorganization Act of 1946 had altered the basic administrative structure of both houses. Members had to decide which of the reduced number of committees afforded them the best opportunity for political advancement and, was most in line with their personal interests.

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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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