On why he vetoed Taft-Hartley -
“I vetoed this bill because I am convinced it is a bad bill. It is bad for labor, bad for management, and bad for the country...The bill is deliberately designed to weaken labor unions. When the sponsors of the bill claim that by weakening unions, they are giving rights back to individual workingmen, they ignore the basic reason why unions are important in our democracy. Unions exist so that laboring men can bargain with their employers on a basis of equality. Because of unions, the living standards of our working people have increased steadily until they are today the highest in the world.”
click here to listen to Truman's full address rejecting the Taft-Hartley bill, which was ultimately passed when Congress overrode Truman's veto
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