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Freeing Workers from Union Bosses

The Employee Rights Act.

Feb 6, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 20 • By FRED BARNES
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If enacted, the ERA would be the most important labor legislation since the Landrum-Griffin bill in 1959, which dealt mainly with labor racketeering. Even today, most labor law was created in the Wagner Act of 1935. The Taft-Hartley law in 1947 legalized right-to-work laws.

So the ERA represents a dramatic step. But it would be a step in the right direction, with the twin benefits of vindicating individual rights and removing some of the drag on the economy imposed by union bosses.

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

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