Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for July 5th:
National Labor Relations Act


"Police battle with striking truck drivers," Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1934; Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, National Archives and Records Administration.

Following a great wave of strikes, factory takeovers and other labor unrest, the National Labor Relations Act was was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 5, 1935. It established the National Labor Relations Board and addressed relations between unions and employers in the private sector, and was intended to guarantee certain rights such as forming unions and collective bargaining.

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