Collective bargaining became the keystone of our national labor policy with the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935. The central role of this procedure was preserved in the Taft-Hartley and Landrum-Griffin Acts. By choosing collective bargaining as the principal instrument of labor market control, Congress sought to remove sources of industrial strife by a method which preserved private determination free from either unchecked employer power or smothering governmental control. Landrum-Griffin was supplementary legislation designed to eliminate or prevent practices which distorted and defeated the collective bargaining policy of the Labor-Management Relations Act. This statutory scheme has now been in effect for more than a decade, and the time is certainly ripe for an evaluation of the usefulness of reporting and disclosure as a control device. However, that is not the purpose of this article. All that is attempted here is a first step in that process in the form of a review of how these provisions have fared in the courts since 1959. Nevertheless, some preliminary judgments may be ventured.
J. Ralph Beaird,
Some Aspects of the LMRDA Reporting Requirements
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