Robert Taft was a co-sponsor of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. This law is regarded as anti-labor law because it significantly reduced actions that unions could use.
Robert Taft wasn’t against unions. However, he felt the balance of power between unions and management of companies had swung too far in favor of unions. He felt the provisions of the National Labor Relation Act had given unions too much power. He felt workers who didn’t believe in unions were put at a disadvantage by this law. He also felt that the National Labor Relations Act went too far in restricting business actions and not far enough in restricting the actions of unions. There were a lot of strikes after World War II, which also had many people concerned.
The Taft-Hartley Act did several things to try to restore the balance of power between businesses and unions. The Taft-Hartley Act made unions shops illegal. This made it illegal for a company to only hire union workers. Closed shops were also illegal. A closed shop required a person to join a union upon being hired. States were also allowed to pass right to work laws. Unions were prevented from using their money for political activities. While President Truman vetoed this law, Congress overrode it.
Robert Taft tried to restore a balance of power between unions and management with his sponsorship of the Taft-Hartley Act.