MEl·IO. June 7, 194 7
ST1'.TEi3l!T OF ?ITICE ~WISFIEID
RE: T.AFT-II.ARTI.EY ACT.
1'lthouch I approve of parts of the conference re~ort having to do
~lith needed refonns, :;: am indeed sorry thossible for :my licmber to thorough.:cy analyze the seventy-five pages
cont ained in it in the time allotted to us. H01vever, on the basis of rrry
study -- and I have gone t..hrough the repor":. and bill - I am ccmplete:cy
convinced that it is an impractical and unadministrable la.re p.ssed by the House will be the cause of a series of
United St·tes Supreme Court decisions to interpret and iron' out the
ambiguities 1Jhich run ral11Pant throughout the entire measure. It will
open Hide the doors to er,1ploycrs to bring a multiplicity of suits which
1-rill empty the unions' treasuries bec<:.use of the costs of litigations
and in my f urther opinion the Act itself vd.ll be aclninistratively unworkable.,
Under t bis measure tremendous povrer has been given to the
Genercl. Counsel of the J oard to administer t i1is Act and 11ith such authority
over the handli.nr; of labor relations cases to such an extent that
I do not think one nw can ha.'1dle t he job nor do I think arry one man
should be entrusted 1-d.th such a job.
rYe<; provisions ~rere put into the conference report t-hich 1·re uere
not allowed to debate ev"'n though points of order·vrere raised against them.
The Concil:la.tion Service, despite its fine r ecord, Till have no means of handling it, or similar · ·
situations, because the Smith-Connelly ~ ct expires on June 30th of this year.
These are only some of the cl:i.screpancies 1-Thich I have been able to
find out in the confer ence report and the Taft-Hartley Labor bill. Since
I have ttrice voted against t !U.s bill I have received many communicationso
Some of them have praised me; some have criti-cized me. To those 1-lho have
aiJprovecl my vote, I am deeply aj_)pr ecia.tive; to tho!le t.Jho have criticized
me for voting against t his bill, I say that I appreciate their · frankness
because t~ey have not been bitter in their criticismo In fact, some of
the l atter have been fr:::om some of my best friends and I appreciate their
si..>1cerity and G.o not question their beliefs 0
I am deeply sorry that a bill 1fas not produced 1-lhich'I could have
co;1sistent:cy and conscientiously su1)ported. I, personal:cy, recognize the
nistcl~es of labor, a.s I recognize the nistakes of business too, but I do not
see the bill a.s it came out of the conference cOJru:littee as being any solution
to the problems that it seeks to remeqy0
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 36, Folder 30, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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