Collective Bargaining: Acts and Unions Analytical Essay by Nicky

Looks at the way the Wagner and Taft-Harley acts have effected the collective bargaining relationship between businesses and unions.
# 146364 | 1,130 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Law (Civil) , Business (Human Resources) , Labor Studies (General)

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This paper explains that, whereas the Wagner Act forbade employers from interfering with or stopping employees from collective bargaining, the Taft-Hartley Act granted employers more provisions to strengthen their position against labor unions. The Taft-Hartley Act, the author relates, gave human resource departments more flexibility in hiring practices and negotiating wages and working conditions. The paper describes the strengths of the United Auto Workers (UAW)and the United Steel Workers of America (USWA), the problems of unionizing retail workers and the creation of teacher unions in some states as permitted by the Wagner Act.

Table of Contents:
The Wagner and Taft-Harley Acts
The Unions

From the Paper:

"It also should be noted, however, that the court of public opinion and government also weighs against retail worker's unionization. Despite the increasing importance of the service industry in America, steel and cars are seen as more important for local economies, and retail workers are often viewed as providing a secondary income to their family, even though this is not necessarily the case: the traditional image of retail workers is of women bringing in a supplementary salary or teen workers temporarily supporting themselves through college."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Katz, Harry C., John Paul MacDuffie, & Frits K. Pil (2002, March 7). Collective bargaining in the U.S. auto industry. MIT. Retrieved March 3, 2009 at
  • Mangum, Garth L. & R. Scott McNabb. The rise, fall, and replacement of industry-widebargaining in the basic steel industry. M.E. Sharpe, 1997.
  • Phelps, Shirelle. (2006). "Teacher's Unions/Collective Bargaining." Encyclopedia of Everyday Law. Gale Cengage. 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2009 at
  • Wagner, Steven. (2002, October 14). How Did the Taft-Hartley Act Come About? History News Network. Retrieved March 3, 2009 at

Cite this Analytical Essay:

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Collective Bargaining: Acts and Unions (2010, December 25) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from

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"Collective Bargaining: Acts and Unions" 25 December 2010. Web. 07 February. 2023. <>