Landrum-Griffin Act


Also found in: Legal, Encyclopedia.

Landrum-Griffin Act

Legislation in the United States, passed in 1959, that required labor unions to conduct secret elections of officers on a regular basis. It also required unions to disclose their financial states to the Department of Labor. It allowed union members to seek recourse from the Labor Department or through the courts in case the Act's provisions were not followed. The Act came about as a response to substantiated allegations that organized crime had infiltrated some American unions.
References in periodicals archive ?
Similarly, I assign first-year civil procedure students materials from an ex parte temporary restraining order proceeding I worked on for TDU involving a Landrum-Griffin Act challenge to an unlawfully conducted union referendum.
Changing the reporting regulations for financial disclosure forms under the Landrum-Griffin Act would still require hearings and periods of public comment.
Finally, Joel Rogers attributes the post-Second World War decline in union memberships, not to missed opportunities or to faulty union leadership, but to the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959, which kept the costs of organizing new membership very high and encouraged union officials to concentrate on maintaining their influence in areas already organized.
Further amendments to the NLRA, contained in the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959, were intended to regulate the internal conduct of unions and strengthen other provisions of the Act.
In their introductory chapter, Schlossberg and Scott quote selected passages from the Taft-Hartley Act and the Landrum-Griffin Act, with side-by-side paraphrasing.
A federal law, the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959, prohibits convicted felons from holding union office for five years following conviction.
Taft-Hartley would eventually be part of three major legislative defeats from which American unions suffered in the post-World War II decades, with the 1955 Landrum-Griffin Act and the failure of the 1978 Labour Law Reform Act being the other two.
The result of his effort is an able account of the background, legislative history, and passage of the Landrum-Griffin Act.