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IN the early days of 1957 the United States Senate created a special committee to study "improper practices in the field of labour management relations or in groups or organisations of employees or employers." For months the committee paraded across the public stage a series of sordid spectacles of union corruption and oppression. These disclosures triggered a nearly irresistible demand for legislation which two and a half years later found expression in the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.

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