chapter  15
Labor Relations
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CHAPTER SUMMARY Labor unions were banned in the United States until the mid-1930s with the passing of the Wagner Act, known as the National Labor Relations Act. However, government employees were specifically denied the right to collective bargaining, and they became increasingly militant in their demands for equal treatment in labor relations. The Boston police strike of 1919 was a landmark event that exposed the nation to governmental labor problems. The strike failed to meet its objectives, but it made officials sit up and take notice, toughening their stance against the collective bargaining process for public employees.