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Taft-Hartley Act
     

Taft-Hartley Act

by Susan Dudley Gold
 

The history of the United States is, in large part, the history of its landmark Legislation. In this series, the authors take readers behind the scenes to show the drama that led to each bill's being passed and the effect each piece of legislation has had in the development of our country. Each book includes an informative. 'From Bill to Law" feature, which

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The history of the United States is, in large part, the history of its landmark Legislation. In this series, the authors take readers behind the scenes to show the drama that led to each bill's being passed and the effect each piece of legislation has had in the development of our country. Each book includes an informative. 'From Bill to Law" feature, which explains in easy to follow fashion how the process of legislation works. Taft Hartley Act tells the story of the passage of the 1947 law that has defined the rights of labor and management to this day.

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Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
The Taft-Hartley Act, passed into law in 1947, was a key piece of legislation that had, and continues to have, a lasting impact on labor relations in the United States. Proponents, primarily employers, hailed the legislation as a means by which they could regain some control over workers and the powerful unions many belonged to. Opponents of the bill, leaders of labor and union groups that represented the voiceless worker, claimed it would create a "slave labor law" that would ultimately destroy the unions. As time has passed, the legislation has indeed made it harder for unions to organize and recruit members, reducing their effectiveness in bargaining. Union membership has decreased as a result, making strikes less common, particularly as court decisions have given employers the right to hire permanent replacement workers. But neither did the law return laborers to the horrific work conditions so prevalent in the 1880s through the 1940s; nor did it, as many predicted, destroy unions entirely. Well-written and concise, the text provides the social, legislative and legal background relative to the passage of the act. Part of the ten-title "Landmark Legislation" series, the book offers a glossary between the introduction and first chapter as well as the more traditional bibliography, resources for further research and index at the end. A guide to the legislative process ably summarizes the complexities of how a bill becomes a law, and a substantive notes section complements the work done by this accomplished social studies author of non-fiction texts for students in middle school and beyond. Reviewer: Kris Sauer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608704880
Publisher:
Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Landmark Legislation Series
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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