Trade Unionism Under the Recovery Program

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The Trade Unions and the Recovery Program

Recovery Act Provisions on Collective Bargaining

Written and passed “to induce and maintain united action of labor and management under adequate governmental sanction and supervision,” the National Recovery Act is considered by many to be essentially a labor act. It had its beginnings in the plight of millions of workers out of jobs, it was sponsored by labor's representatives and friends, it was built on the philosophy originating in the labor movement that prosperity can be restored only through the restoration of mass purchasing power, and it guarantees to labor the right to organize and bargain collectively. “As a matter of fact,” T. E. Burke, American fraternal delegate, told the British Trades Union Congress, September 5, “the whole governmental ...

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