- The NLRB Labor Act of 1935
Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy.
Specifically, ” It is declared to be the policy of the United States to eliminate the causes of certain substantial obstructions to the free flow of commerce and to mitigate and eliminate these obstructions when they have occurred by encouraging the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and by protecting the exercise by workers of the full freedom of association, self-organization and designation of representatives of their own choosing , for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection.”
The NLRB Labor Act of 1935 gave employees the Right to Organize & Unionize. Slowly, over years, these Rights/Laws have been eroded, favoring Corporate Power and influence.
The Powell Memorandum of 1971, is an example of pro Corporate Power!
- The Powell Memo of August 23, 1971, I’ve included excerpts from the original Text. Read it in it’s entirety for a greater understanding of Politics and Business, today! Powell states;
“A recant poll of students on 12 representative campuses· reported that:
“Almost half the students favored socialization of basic U.S. industries”.**
A visiting professor from England at Rockford College gave a series of lectures entitled “The Ideological War Against Western Society”1 in which he documents the extent to which members of the intellectual community are waging ideological warfare against the enterprise system and the values of western
society, In a foreword to these lectures, Dr. Milton Friedman of Chicago warned:
“It (is) crystal clear that the foundations of our free society are under wide-ranging and powerful attack • not b¥ Communist or any other conspiracy, but by misguided individuals parroting one another and unwittingly serving ends they would never intentionally promote”.*
**Editorial, Richmond TilDes Dispatch, July 7, 1971.
*Stewart Also-p, Yale and the Deadly Danger, New!!Week, May 18, 1970.
Perhaps the single most effective antagonist of American business is Ralph Nader who – thanks largely to the media – has become a legend in his own time and an idol of millions of Americans. A recent article in Fortune speaks of Nader as follows:
”The passion that rules in him – and he is a passionate man .” The target of his hatted, is corporate power. He thinks1 and says quite bluntly, that a great many corporate executives belong in prison – for defrauding the consumer with shoddy merchandise, poisoning the food BUp))ly with chemical additives, and willfully manufacturing unsafe products that will maim or kill the buyer. , • • He emphasizes, that he is not talking just about ‘fly-by-night hucksters’, but the top 1118.management of blue-chip business”,**
Clearly, Powell is angry that anyone dare to criticize Corporations and specifically, it irks Powell when anyone wishes to hold Corporations accountable to “We the People”.
- Powell makes his case, by discussing ways to encourage “freedom of speech and new Laws giving Corporations greater Power and influence. He states,” business schools, textbooks, Corporate PR, television, and the Courts must engage in pro business activity. He sees a neglected opportunity when the Courts are not used to promote business. A short time after writing this Memo, which was suppressed, Powell is nominated by Richard Nixon to the Supreme Court. Powell saw an opportunity to change Labor Laws by nominating pro Business judges to all the Courts.
Neglected Opportunity in the Courts
“American business and the enterprise system have been affected as such by the courts as by the executive and legislative branches of government. Under our constitutional system, especially with an activist-minded Supreme Court, the judiciary may be the most important instrument for social, economic and political change.”
In 1987, Ronald Reagan, nominated Robert Bork to succeed Lewis F. Powell, Jr., coming from US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His nomination was rejected by the Senate. Previously, Antonin Scalia was successfully nominated to the Supreme Court, by Ronald Reagan, coming from the Court of Appeals during the 1980’s.
Relationahip to Freedom
The threat, to the enterprise system is not merely a matter of economics. It also is a threat to individual freedom.
It is this great truth – now so submerged by the rhetoric of the New Left and of many liberals – that must be reaffirmed, if this program is to be meaningful.
There seems to be little awareness that the only alternatives to free enterprise are varying degrees-of bureaucratic regulation of individual freedom • ranging from that, under moderate socialism to the iron heel of the leftist or rightist dictatorship.
Dear followers: Please read the entire transcripts of both Documents for a broader understanding of the Corporate Monopolistic Role in America and how it evolved over decades. Interesting, those who espoused Corporate Power over the Rights of Labor, adhered to and crafted their philosophy over generations, beginning with Richard Nixon.
- Corporate structure is impacting our lives negatively. As Corporations form, they add profit centers, decrease their Labor force and fail to invest in their businesses, failing to create a seamless link between their combined entities, technology and supply chains. We’re all suffering now, the Corporation has become hollow entities that have failed “We the People & the Consumer. Corporations are causing the inflation they abhor, because their greed has no boundaries. Unemployment will continue to rise, until “We” realize, collectively, that like the separation of Church and State, Corporate Power and influence must be decoupled from Politics, once again.
- The day that Corporate CEO’s make 670-1000 x’s their median employees salary, must end.
- American Labor Law must be strengthened again , read & adopt the Roosevelt Foundations, “Clean Slate for workers”. This Doctrine was published on my website and can be accessed directly from The Roosevelt Foundations Website, as well.
- When Government works, Laws are crafted that provide for the needs of We the People”, all people!NLRB,
RThB Labor ACT 1935