LABOR: The New Law

The Taft-Hartley Act—officially the Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947 —is the first fundamental change in labor-relations ground rules in nearly twelve years. By expert analysis, these are some of the things it will do or not do:

It will not halt strikes. The emergency procedure will only affect nationwide strikes that threaten the national safety.

But the new law should curb such strikes. Union leaders will not be able summarily to call workers out, since the workers must first vote by secret ballot on whether to accept the employer's final offer.

Since unions will be liable to suit for contract violation,...

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