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A Useful and Remunerative Job: The National Labor Relations Act

In: The Political Economy of a Living Wage

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  • Donald Stabile

    (St. Mary’s College of Maryland)

Abstract

The NLRA was a first step in a movement from the voluntary cooperation of the NIRA to government regulation of business. This chapter will examine the NLRA with its aim of establishing collective bargaining as a way to provide workers a useful and remunerative job, a key element of a living wage. It will investigate the extent to which a living wage influenced the NLRA, including in the debates in the Congress, and will describe an argument that collective bargaining was the best way to attain a living wage. It will also review business criticisms of the NLRA to highlight how those criticisms overlooked the living wage elements of the NLRA.

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  • Donald Stabile, 2016. "A Useful and Remunerative Job: The National Labor Relations Act," Palgrave Studies in American Economic History, in: The Political Economy of a Living Wage, chapter 0, pages 139-159, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:psichp:978-3-319-32473-9_4
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32473-9_4
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