Taft-Hartley Act. A 1947 amendment to the NATIONAL LABOUR RELATIONS ACT (Wagner Act), the Taft-Hartley Act was designed to limit the power of unions. The Wagner Act contained the key statement ‘Employees shall have the right to self-organisation …’. The Taft-Hartley Act added the phrase, ‘and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities’. While the Wagner Act clearly prevented businesses from interfering with union activity, the Taft-Hartley Act had the effect of preventing unions from pressuring employees to join. It also provided some additional restrictions on union activity, specifically prohibiting secondary boycotts and certain kinds of picketing.
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