Shils, Edward B.
October 1971
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct71, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p32
Academic Journal
The article focuses on union fragmentation in the United States, the Railway Labor Act, and the cause of a labor crises in the transportation industry. Labor stability has been affected by laws and union bargaining patterns. The amended Railway Labor Act of 1926 puts both railroad and airline labor unions under its jurisdiction. The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 covers maritime, longshore, and trucking unions. Not only laws, but union rivalry contribute to labor unrest with strikes and work stoppages. What is needed to solve the transportation labor crisis is a structural change in unions and their bargaining patterns. A more comprehensive law, such as the National Labor Relations Act, would amend Taft-Hartley and discontinue the use of emergency procedures outlined in the Railway Labor Act.


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