Imagine a Labor Day Without Labor Law

July 2, 2013

In 1934, there were more than 1,800 strikes involving more than 1.4 million workers. General strikes followed walkouts by dock workers in San Francisco, truckers in Minneapolis and auto parts workers in Toledo.

In reaction, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act in 1935.  A key piece of this new labor policy: a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with clear, strong enforcement powers.

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