The Wagner Act
One of the great accomplishments of the New Deal of
the 1930s was the adoption of the National Labor
Relations Act of 1935, better known as the Wagner Act.
The new law recognized the right of industrial workers to
unionize and bargain collectively with management over
wages, hours and working conditions.
The Act also created the National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) to investigate charges of unfair labor practices.
The Supreme Court upheld the Act in NLRB v. Jones-
Laughlin Steel Corp. (1937).
As the result of the passage of the Wagner Act and its
validation by the Supreme Court, labor unions and
collective bargaining became staples of the American