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The original Wagner Act is now a familiar page in labor history. Passed in 1935, it guaranteed the right of employees to organize, to be represented by a union of their choice, and to bargain collectively through that union. It forbade employers to engage in certain practices, defined as "unfair labor practices," which would frustrate the employees' rights under the Act. And it set up the National Labor Relations Board [hereinafter referred to as NLRB] to enforce and administer the statute. The original Act did not contain any prohibitions against union activities and it did not forbid the parties to a collective bargaining agreement from including in the contract a provision requiring employees to join a union.

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Connecticut Labor Relations Statutes and Decisions: Differences from Federal Law, 9 Conn. L. Rev. 515 (1977)

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