The Congress: Is Compulsory Unionism More Important Than Viet Nam?

The U.S. Senate had been hamstrung for nine days by a filibuster that Minority Leader Everett Dirksen called "the second battle of 14(b)." As in the first, which was waged during the waning days of last year's congressional session, Dirksen's aim was to block Administration attempts to repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, which permits states to outlaw union membership as a condition of employment. The talkathon began when Majority Leader Mike Mansfield moved that the Senate take up the repeal bill; Dirksen got the floor —and held on for dear life.

By all odds, it was the most flaccid...

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