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  •  The Wagner Act (5+ / 0-)
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    was passed in 1935.  It was during the Depression as a may to keep labor peace.  It is important to remember that the economic conditions  during the 1930's were. Workers were desperate to improve their situation.  Employers were determined to avoid unionization at all costs.  Their reaction was in some cases, violent.  

    The reason I raise this is that if the law was passed during the Depression years, and the economy did not collapse, fears of an impending economic collapse because the balance of power between management and workers is made equal are unfounded. This is the same argument that management makes every time debate begins over raising the minimum wage.  They claim that it will cause job loss.  It has not happened. It's another tactic that they trot out to frighten people.  

    "Patriotism is no more about signs or pins than religion is about reminding others how pious we think we are." -- Bob Schieffer

    by sable on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 09:30:45 AM PST

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    •  Purpose of NLRA was EQUALITY OF BARGAINING POWER (1+ / 0-)
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      and much, much more than labor peace. It also lists as a purpose attacking the conditions that had led to decreased wages and poorer working conditions.

      It also states that it is declared to be the policy of the United States to promote the practice of collective bargaining.

      •  Thanks for adding this (1+ / 0-)
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        You are correct.  But the point to the Wagner Act was that it was passed during a severe economic downturn and the country did not fall apart.

        "Patriotism is no more about signs or pins than religion is about reminding others how pious we think we are." -- Bob Schieffer

        by sable on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 10:37:38 AM PST

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