NLRB, the first 50 years : the story of the National Labor Relations Board, 1935-1985. Page: V
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Message from the President
November 12, 1985
A free labor movement is essential to the preservation and expansion
of free enterprise. Since its passage in 1935, the National Labor Relations
Act has been a bulwark of support for this vital American heritage.
A half century ago, this law established the right of workers to organize
and bargain collectively, should they choose to do so. Our system of
peaceful industrial relations and the national labor policy that has
evolved from the Act rest on this principle of free choice.
The National Labor Relations Board is to be commended for its
fairness in enforcing the statute over these past 50 years. I had firsthand
experience with the Board during my tenure as president of the Screen
Actors Guild many years ago, and I can attest to its outstanding record.
In conducting union representation elections and processing unfair
labor practice charges, the NLRB has helped build a peaceful industrial
relations system that is a model for the free world. The processes of the
Board, as necessary today as they were 50 years ago, provide a forum
and an orderly legal framework for resolving labor and management
disputes. Truly, the NLRB has succeeded in fulfilling its mandate for
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