Labor Bill Passed Over Truman Veto
Washington, DC, USA
1947 (Actual Year)
00:01:56 - 00:04:09
Reel on passage of Taft-Hartley anti-labor bill over Truman's veto; VO narr; Picketers; cars with banners from Labor protesting Taft-Hartley; President Harry S.Truman aides in piles of mail; Truman address explains his veto; WS House of Representatives. Republican Senator Robert Taft says Truman is trying to use scare tactics to keep Labor's support and suggests that Unions are too powerful; Democratic Senators who tried to filibuster the veto override including Claude Pepper; signing of Taft-Hartley into law; WS Capitol building. The super pro-big business Taft Hartley Act limited the power of unions in several ways - -made them liable to breach of contract damages after disputes, mandated a 60 day cooling off period for strikes, outlawed the closed shop, allowed the government to enforce an 80-day injunction against strikes that were determined to endanger the national health or safety, outlawed political contributions by unions and even required union leaders to take non-Communist oaths!
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