Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Taft-Hartley Act: How about some union deregulation?

Let's start with the Taft Hartley Act!

The amendments enacted in Taft-Hartley added a list of prohibited actions, or unfair labor practices, on the part of unions to the National labor Realtions Act (NLRA), which had previously only prohibited unfair labor practices committed by employers.

The Taft–Hartley Act prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns.

It also required union officers to sign non-communist affidavits with the government.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

How about corporations that receive government contracts signing loyalty and anti-fascist oaths? 

Union shops were heavily restricted, and states were allowed to pass right-to-work laws that outlawed closed union shops. Furthermore, the executive branch of the federal government could obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike imperiled the national health or safety, a test that has been interpreted broadly by the courts.

According to Wikipedia, smaller unions were affected as a result of the act, the labor movement as a whole was not greatly impeded by Taft-Hartley.

source: Wikipedia

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