Harry S. Truman's Presidency

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Why does Truman oppose the Taft-Hartley act and why does Taft support it?

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President Truman and Robert Taft were on opposites of the Taft-Harley Act. Robert Taft opposed many of President Roosevelt’s actions to end the Great Depression. He felt some of the actions gave the government too much power over businesses. He was also concerned that laws like the Wagner Act, a pro-labor law, gave the workers too much power. There were many strikes after World War II, which concerned many people.

President Truman opposed the passage of this law, and he vetoed it. However, Congress overrode his veto. President Truman opposed this law because it hurt workers. Truman received a lot of support from workers, and he didn’t want any law to restrict their activities. The Taft-Hartley Act made closed shops illegal. This meant the businesses were forbidden from hiring only union members. The law also outlawed union shops. This is a situation where a worker has to join the union when hired. States were allowed to pass right to work laws. The law also made it illegal for unions to use their money for political activities. This law was an anti-union law. President Truman represented the workers and the working class. He was not going to sign a bill that hurt the groups that supported him a great deal.

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