Taft-Hartley Act

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Taft-Hartley Act

Legislation in the United States, enacted in 1947, that amended and rolled back some of the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically, the Act provided a list of "unfair labor practices" in which unions and other forms of organized labor could not engage. It prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wherein workers protest transfers to another division or role within the same company, and wildcat strikes, or strikes unauthorized by a union. It also forbade solidarity or other political strikes, and disallowed unions from donating to federal political campaigns. Importantly, the Taft-Hartley Act allowed individual states to pass right-to-work laws. See also: Featherbedding, National Labor Relations Board.
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The Taft-Hartley Labor Act, which Truman vetoed but then used repeatedly, was a crippling blow, for reasons that Aronowitz makes especially clear, for "Operation Dixie." The drive to unionize the South and reform the Democratic Party fell flat largely because the AFL and CIO demonized, raided and finally destroyed exactly those (left-wing) unions that organized African-American workers and communities at large.