FOR two years during a period of relative labor peace, the spotlight has been focused on labor unions more sharply than at any time since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act. Attention has been centered not on union-management relations but on the internal operations of unions. Primary attention has been on the diversion of union funds, and the use by union leaders of their positions of power for self-enrichment. Secondary but substantial attention has been on union governmental processes through which union leaders are chosen and union policies made. During the last session of Congress, five major proposals were introduced in the Senate to regulate internal union affairs. These culminated in the ill-fated Kennedy-Ives Bill, which bounded through the Senate only to die a fitful death in the House. All of these bills went beyond the control of union finances and reached into the governmental processes of unions. The Kennedy-Ives Bill sought to regulate union elections, prescribe certain qualifications for union office, and limit the power of international unions to impose trusteeships on local unions.
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Summers, Clyde W., "Public Interest in Union Democracy" (1958). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 3901.