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June 23, 1947:  Congress overrides President Harry Truman's veto of the anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act. The law weakened unions and let states exempt themselves from union requirements. Twenty states immediately enacted open shop laws and more followed.

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Labor Department Takes a Wrong Turn for Workers
Posted On: Jun 16, 2017
June 16, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The worker victories weren’t always headline stealers during the Obama administration. But they added up. A rule requiring companies to document their outside union-busting tactics, as well as positive determinations when it came to stopping the anti-worker actions behind independent contractors and joint employment, were decisions that had the potential to enhance the collective bargaining rights of workers and raise wages. But last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) decided to reverse them. It was a surprising move for an administration that insists it sides with workers. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa called the decisions “greatly disappointing.”… teamster.org








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