Broken Promise: The Subversion Of U.S. Labor Relations (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, Jun 10, 2010 - Business & Economics - 422 pages
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The Wagner Act of 1935 (later the Wagner-Taft-Hartley Act of 1947) was intended to democratize vast numbers of American workplaces: the federal government was to encourage worker organization and the substitution of collective bargaining for employers' unilateral determination of vital work-place matters. Yet this system of industrial democracy was never realized; the promise was "broken." In this rare inside look at the process of government regulation over the last forty-five years, James A. Gross analyzes why the promise of the policy was never fulfilled. Gross looks at how the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) policy-making has been influenced by the President, the Congress, the Supreme Court, public opinion, resistance by organized employers, the political and economic strategies of organized labor, and the ideological dispositions of NLRB appointees. This book provides the historical perspective needed for a reevaluation of national labor policy. It delineates where we are now, how we got here, and what fundamental questions must be addressed if policy-makers are to make changes consistent with the underlying principles of democracy.
  

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Contents

A Fundamental Change in Labor Policy or Merely Adjustments to Eliminate Abuses?
1
2 Political Maneuvering to Control a New Law a New Board and a New Labor Czar
15
3 Improper Influences
26
A Tale of Missed Opportunities
42
5 TaftHurley Was Here to Stay
58
A Misguided Process
72
7 The Eisenhower Board Remakes Labor Policy
92
8 Labor Law Reform Employer Style
122
Taking Industrial Democracy Seriously
163
11 Irreconcilable Differences
192
12 Making the Law Favor Employers Again
217
The Final Irrelevance of National Labor Policy?
242
14 Conclusion
272
Notes
287
Index
391
Copyright

A Commitment to Industrial Democracy
146

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About the author (2010)

James A. Gross is Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is the author of several books, including The Reshaping of the National Labor Relations Board: National Labor Policy in Transition, 1937-1947, which won the Philip Taft Award for labor history. He is also the editor of Worker Rights as Human Rights.

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