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

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IX THE WORKER AND THE TAFT-HARTLEY ACT

THE new law is of first significance to the average worker. This chapter is accordingly dedicated to him.

Thousands upon thousands of words have been written for the announced purpose of explaining the Taft-Hartley Act to the average worker.

I want to do more than just explain. I am going to tell the average worker what's in it for him.

Prior to the passage of the Norris-LaGuardia Act in 1932, labor was behind the eight ball when it came to dealing with management. Admittedly, the Clayton Act in 1914 had exempted labor from the scope of the antitrust laws, thereby preventing criminal charges from being brought against labor unions in their struggle to organize and be recognized.

The Clayton Act exemption was a weak gesture.

The Norris-LaGuardia Act went further toward easing labor's bonds. This Act, approved by President Hoover in one of

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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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