The Wagner Act

On this day in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Wagner Act into law. This bill was named after its sponsor Senator Robert Wagner and was supported by Congress that saw it as very progressive. Although it had popular support, President Roosevelt was not a supporter and decided to push through his National Industry Recovery Act (NIRA) instead. The Supreme Court eventually struck down NIRA for being unconstitutional. With the President's bill struck down, Roosevelt signed into law the popular Wagner Act. This act was specifically aimed at giving workers rights to organize and cut off unfair labor practices by management.