National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB)
   The NLRB was a three-man board established by the National Labor Relations Act in 1935. It was responsible for overseeing secret ballots of employees to decide whether they wanted union representation and also to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices. It replaced the defunct National Labor Board (NLB). President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed J. Warren Madden of the University of Pittsburgh; Edwin S. Smith, a former commissioner of labor for Massachusetts and previous member of the NLB; and John M. Carmody, an expert in labor relations and former chief engineer in the Civil Works Administration. Increasingly attacked by political opponents and by such groups as the National Association of Manufacturers and conservative trade unions in the American Federation of Labor, the NLRB’s powers were reduced by the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. However, it continues to work as an important intermediary in employer-labor relations.

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