Strengthening the Railway Labor Act

Jon R. Huibregtse

in American Railroad Labor and the Genesis of the New Deal, 1919–1935

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034652
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038544 | DOI:
Strengthening the Railway Labor Act

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This chapter examines the unions' efforts to amend the Railway Labor Act (RLA). By 1934 the unions had played a significant role in amending the law, and in the process had firmly established the right of unions to exist, albeit with government support. Congress enacted amendments that reconstituted and strengthened the agencies created by the RLA. The 1934 amendments to the RLA marked the end of an era of union-initiated legislation. The government had usurped labor as the catalyst of labor legislation; the desires of the unions were subordinated to those of the federal government.

Keywords: Railway Labor Act; Congress; labor legislation; federal government

Chapter.  5251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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