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How did the New Deal affect trade unions?

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Unions largely benefited from the New Deal, with some exception. As part of the National Recovery Act, every industry was required to adopt a code which specifically provided for the right of workers to organize. Many labor organizers interpreted this provision to mean that President Roosevelt encouraged workers to join labor unions.  The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was organized by John L. Lewis, largely in response to this endorsement. When the Unions which comprised the CIO were at...

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