Company Unions and Collective Bargaining

Archive Report

Recovery Act Guarantees and the Company Union

Roosevelt Action on Employee Representation

The Rapid Growth of company unions during the first ten months under the National Industrial Recovery Act has alarmed the trade union movement and aroused widespread fear that the collective bargaining guarantees of the act may be rendered ineffective. In an effort to out-law all except bona fide, labor organizations, Senator Wagner (D., N. Y.) incorporated in his proposed Labor Disputes Act, introduced on March 1, 1934, a section making it an “unfair labor practice” for an employer to initiate the formation of a union, participate in its activities, or attempt to influence its policies.

Extensive hearings were held on the Wagner bill, at which it was warmly advocated by organized labor and vigorously attacked ...

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