The Real Agenda behind the Taft-Hartley Act
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This paper argues that the Taft-Hartley Act serves business but undermines union organization and labor campaigning. In support of this contention, the paper examines some of the limitations that the Taft-Hartley Act puts on labor unions, such as in the areas of boycotts and common situs picketing, employee terminations and supporting or oppose federal political personages. The paper concludes that the labor union supporters vehemently opposes the Taft-Hartley Act and are trying to repeal every tenet that the act upholds.
From the Paper:"Today, labor reformers seek to revamp the Railway Labor Act, which is federal governance that regulates labor standards for American railroads and airlines. Already 70% of airline workers are unionized while 80% of railroad workers are, but new legislation in the works prompted by the National Mediation Board would change the rules for election votes. In the past, at least 50 percent plus one of all employees in a petitioning union in a certain job category had to be tallied in order to be legally recognized as a collective bargaining agent. Now, however, a union only needs to collectively tally a majority of cast votes. This signifies a substantial win for labor reform, in that unions are now finding it easier to organize and garner collective bargaining agents who can go to bat for them and affect change and progressive reform.
"The drive and urge of labor to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act has come and gone since the 1990s. The Democratic party is becoming more centric as time goes by, yet both attempts at repeal during the Carter administration and the Clinton years has failed, leaving Taft-Hartley intact. Labor reformers seek to repeal Taft-Hartley because the unionized workers are at a distinct disadvantage while the bill controls and dictates the actions of corporations and employer protocol."
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