State Powers in Labor Relations

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State vs. Federal Authority in Labor Law

State' Rights Amendments to Taft-Hartley Act

Federal authority in the field of labor-management relations, grown dominant during the past 20 years, will be materially restricted if House and Senate come to agreement on bills now pending to revise the Taft-Hartley Act. The trend toward federal domination was given powerful impetus by the Wagner Act of 1935 and was accentuated by the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. It would be reversed, under current proposals, in one or both of two ways: (1) by limiting the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board and (2) by specifically affirming the authority of the states to act in a much wider area of labor relations than at present.

A bill reported by the Senate Labor ...

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