Taft-Hartley. And the challenges were lining up at SCOTUS.

And the challenges were lining up at SCOTUS.
And the challenges were lining up at SCOTUS.

– ABC Headline News – June 23, 1947 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

A lot of Labor news this June 23rd in 1947.

Starting with the override of President Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley bill, the Senate voted to pass the infamous Taft-Hartley Labor Bill voted 68-25 with 6 votes to spare. It signaled a new era in labor/management relationships, and one which was controversial and contentious. Challenges were expected to be filed within minutes of the results, and walkouts were already taking place. CIO Ship Builders in New York, whose contract expired at midnight, were planning to test the legality of the bill. Some on Capitol Hill referred to it as “The full Employment bill for the Legal Profession in 1947”.

Meanwhile, SCOTUS, before closing its doors for the Summer, but ruled on three important cases. It upheld in two decisions; the constitutionality of the so-called Lee Act or Anti-Petrillo Bill, directed at Music Czar James Petrillo, and the government’s right to the rich California Oil Tidelands. It also upheld the convictions for extortion of two ex-Union officials.

Meetings were expected to be held later in the week between France, Russia and Britain regarding the Marshall Recovery Plan for Europe.

And Greek/American relations took a strange turn, when it was announced that food parcels from Greece to supposedly hungry American relatives, had been arriving in the U.S. in massive quantities. Drastic action was being taken to stop the flow of food from Greece, which individuals were sending anywhere from 5 to 40 pounds of food – and some 16,000 packages arrived in one week alone. Customs officials called for the ban when an outbreak of Hoof and Mouth disease was reported and traced to a food package from Greece.

And along with the news on Taft-Hartley, that’s a small slice of how the world spun, this June 23rd in 1947, as reported by ABC Radio’s Headline News.

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