Taft-Hartley Act

(1947)

The passage of the Taft-Hartley Act, also called the Labor-Management Relations Act, over President Harry Truman's veto on June 23, 1947, ended the national policy established with the enactment of the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act) in 1935. Under this policy, the federal government had supported workers' self-organization into unions and for collective bargaining. Unions increased their membership more than fourfold between 1933 and 1945 thanks in part to the National Labor Relations Act, the friendliness of the New Deal Democratic administration of Franklin D....

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Robert A. Taft (Library of Congress)

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