Broken Promise

The Subversion of U.S. Labor Relations Policy, 1947-1994

James A. Gross
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422 pages
6 x 9

This inside look at government regulations analyzes the failure of the Wagner-Taft-Hartley Act

Read Chapter 1 (pdf).


"(H)is well-researched, in-depth study makes an important contribution to understanding the development of labor policy in the Taft-Hartley era and poses questions about how to achieve a policy that gives meaning to the right to organize and to engage in concerted activities." Labor Studies Journal

"Resting on exhaustive research in (NLRB) files and other relevant archives and on the results of a massive oral history project that James Gross has directed, (Broken Promise) is a unique and authoritative study... (it) stands as a monumental work of scholarship." Reviews in American History

"...this study is thoroughly researched, carefully constructed, and clearly written. ...he has posed a fundamental challenge to the standard interpretation that organized labor made a 'Faustian bargain' with corporate America in the postwar era." The American Historical Review

"...makes another important contribution to labor history and industrial relations by carefully tracing the radical shifts in United States labor policy since World War II." Journal of American History

Table of Contents

1. Taft-Hartley: A Fundamental Change in Labor Policy or Merely Adjustments to Eliminate Abuses?
2. Political Maneuvering to Control a New Law, a New Board, and a New Labor Czar
3. Improper Influences
4. Repeal Taft-Hartley: A Tale of Missed Opportunities
5. Taft-Hartley Was Here to Stay
6. Bargaining National Labor Policy: A Misguided Process
7. The Eisenhower Board Remakes Labor Policy
8. Labor Law Reform, Employer Style
9. The New Frontier Labor Board: A Commitment to Industrial Democracy
10. A New Labor Policy: Taking Industrial Democracy Seriously
11. Irreconcilable Differences
12. Making the Law Favor Employers Again
13. Management Interests over Workers' Statutory Rights: The Final Irrelevance of National Labor Policy?
14. Conclusion

About the Author(s)

James A. Gross is Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is the author of several books, including The Reshaping of the National Labor Relations Board: National Labor Policy in Transition, 1937-1947, which won the Philip Taft Award for labor history.


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    Labor and Social Change, edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni, includes books on workplace issues like worker participation, quality of work life, shorter hours, technological change, and productivity, as well as union and community organizing and ethnographies of particular occupations.