The Congress: Rammed Right on Through

Responding to organized labor's demands during last year's presidential campaign, President Johnson pledged to back repeal of Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act. That provision, long bitterly opposed by labor leaders, permits states to outlaw union shops — in which a worker must join a union to keep his job. Last week in the House, Johnson fulfilled his promise.

Repeal of 14(b) was the most unpopular proposal that the President had sent up to Capitol Hill. And for that very reason, the Administration and House leaders were determined that it would be rammed through—allowing little time for questions to...

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