11. 10 The Labor Reform Act
The main legislation passed by the second administration
under Eisenhower was the revision of the Taft-Hartley Act. This
Act to protect workers from unscrupulous Union officials was further
revised and strengthened. Here, Senator John F. Kennedy conducted
hearings of cases where dishonest Union leaders had been misappropriating
Union funds. He later framed a law to protect the rank and file
Union members. The Bill served to discipline the Unions. This Bill
was passed in the Congress with the Presidentís support and resulted
in the Labor Reform Act (1959).
This Act was to serve as a Bill of Rights to the
rank and file of the Union. It was aimed to protect Union funds,
to provide secret election of Union officials, a fair public hearing
for Union members who are disciplined by the leaders and above all,
filing reports with the Secretary of Labor and banning communists
and ex-convicts from holding Union offices.