(1935) Labour legislation passed by the U.S. Congress. Sponsored by Sen. Robert F. Wagner, the act protected workers' rights to form unions and to bargain collectively. A three-member National Labor Relations Board was established to protect against unfair labour practices; it could order elections to allow workers to choose which union they wanted to represent them. The act also prohibited employers from engaging in unfair labour practices such as setting up a company union and firing or otherwise discriminating against workers who organized or joined unions. The act, considered the most important piece of labour legislation in the 20th century, helped ensure union support for Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1936 election.
Variants of WAGNER ACT
Wagner Act or National Labor Relations Act
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Wagner Act, visit Britannica.com.
Seen & Heard
What made you look up Wagner Act? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.