The Public Interest in National Labor Policy

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LABOR POLICY AND THE EMERGING WORK ENVIRONMENT

The public policy of the United States toward the personnel activities of employers, the organizational efforts of employees, and the conduct of collective bargaining has become increasingly detailed and complex over the past three decades. As these matters have gained in importance, they have commanded greater attention from the public. Government, by statute and by executive and judicial actions, has been drawn deeply into the processes of American industrial relations.

The public policy of the United States toward the employment relationship has, in a cumulative fashion, increased in detail and complexity.

Some of these governmental actions have played a part in affecting sweeping social change. The Wagner Act assisted the rapid growth of unions in the 1930's and 1940's. The Taft-Hartley Act regulated the collective bargaining process in a number of ways. Some actions have been relatively ineffective or largely ignored. Some have led to unanticipated results, even distorting management or union behavior from the

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  • Title Page 1
  • Prefatory Note 2
  • Contents 3
  • Foreword 5
  • Introduction 7
  • 1 - Labor Policy and the Emerging Work Environment 10
  • 2 - Pitfalls and Dilemmas in Choosing Public Policies 48
  • 3 - The Public Interest and Private Responsibilities 62
  • Epilogue 157
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