Harry S Truman on Jobs



Government should assist in free collective bargaining

We have established a national labor policy in this country based upon free collective bargaining as the process for determining wages and working conditions. That should continue to be the national policy!

But as yet, not all of us have learned to carry the mutual responsibilities that accompany the right to bargain. I propose the following four-point program to correct certain abuses and to provide additional governmental assistance in bargaining:

  1. The early enactment of legislation to prevent certain unjustifiable practices: I consider indefensible strikes over jurisdictional disputes between unions, and strikes over interpretation of existing contracts.
  2. The extension of facilities within the Department of Labor for assisting collective bargaining.
  3. The broadening of our program of social legislation to alleviate the causes of workers' insecurity.
  4. The appointment of a Temporary Joint Commission to inquire into the entire field of labor-management relations.
Source: Pres. Truman's 1947 State of the Union message to Congress , Jan 6, 1947

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