Abstract

History suggests that law will not save a labor movement on the defensive. the passage of the Wagner Act itself was made possible by the strike wave of 1934 and workers' rising expectations that the New Deal ought to give them a voice over their working conditions. While we should not expect the imminent return of the sit-down strike, pockets of worker resistance and experimentation are even now helping identify potential pillars of of a twenty-first century Wagner Act.

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