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    ... but not necessarily any moreso than Wilson. All the parties were fairly hostile to labor at the time except the Socialists.

    •  Really? (2+ / 0-)
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      sawolf, sacman701

      Again, from Wikipedia:

      A national emergency was averted in 1902 when Roosevelt found a compromise to the Anthracite coal strike that threatened the heating supplies of most homes. Roosevelt forced an end to the strike when he threatened to use the United States Army to mine the coal and seize the mines. By bringing representatives of both parties together, the president was able to facilitate the negotiations and convince both the miners and the owners to accept the findings of a commission.The labor union and the owners reached an agreement after this episode: the labor union agreed to cease being the official bargainer for the workers and the workers got better pay and fewer hours.
      He wanted a national incorporation law (all corporations had state charters, which varied greatly state by state), a federal income tax and inheritance tax (both targeted on the rich), limits on the use of court injunctions against labor unions during strikes (injunctions were a powerful weapon that mostly helped business), an employee liability law for industrial injuries (preempting state laws), an eight-hour law for federal employees, a postal savings system (to provide competition for local banks), and, finally, campaign reform laws.
      Fairly hostile to labor? That might be an overstatement. It seems like he cared about laws and actions that improved conditions for laborers but was ambivalent about unions.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:10:30 PM PST

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