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period after the war =

large number of strikes


what probably resulted in decline in the positions of the unions

the large number of strikes


what did many people in politics believe

unions had become too powerful under Roosevelt


what did the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 do

limited power of unions


e.g. of an individual victory from the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947

workers at general Motors negotiated a pay agreement (linked to the cost of living) and a pension package


how did the economic changes that followed WW2 threaten to undermine position of workers

1. growth in number of white-collar workers
decline in number of blue-collar workers =
fewer workers joining unions
(white collar workers often signed no-strike agreements)


how else was the position and influence of unions hit?

many workers now much better off e.g. gained paid holidays, healthcare, pensions and pay rises linked to the cost of living = less interested in union activity


Taft-Hartley Act of 1947

prevented unions from running a closed shop
(where one union dominated and all workers had to belong to it)
regulated relationship between unions and employees


White-collar workers

professional, technical or clerical work


Blue-collar workers

manual work