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ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA OF LABOR

LEGISLATION

Eighty-ninth Congress

First Session During the 1st session of the 89th Congress, the Committee on Education and Labor had three standing subcommittees actively engaged in the consideration of legislation and problems in the field of labor-management affairs, the arts and humanities, and the deaf. The subcommittees held 83 days of public hearings and 22 executive sessions on 296 bills which were referred to them by Chairman Powell.

Following is a list of labor bills and related subjects which were approved by the committee. Three bills dealing specifically with labor legislation became law. Four bills, although handled by labor subcommittees, are concerned primarily with education and related subjects.

Five bills were passed by the House but were not acted upon by the Senate.

Three bills are still pending in the Rules Committee.

Bills enacted into law

Bill No. and sponsor

Title

Public Law No.

89-15

89-36

89-125

89-209

S. 974 (passed in lieu of To amend the Manpower Development and
H.R. 4257) (Holland). Training Act of 1962, as amended, and

for other purposes.
H.R. 7031 (Carey)---- To provide for the establishment and opera -

tion of a National Technical Institute

for the Deaf.
H.R. 4714 (Thompson)-- To amend the National Arts and Cultural

Development Act of 1964 with respect to
the authorization of appropriations there-

in.
S. 1483 (passed in lieu of To provide for the establishment of the

H.R. 9460) (Thomp- National Foundation on the Arts and the
son).

Humanities to promote progress and
scholarship in the humanities and the
arts in the United States, and for other

purposes.
H.R. 5883 (Pucinski) -- To amend the bonding provisions of the

Labor-Management Reporting and Dis-
closure Act of 1959 and the Welfare and

Pension Plans Disclosure Act.
S. 2232 (passed in lieu of To amend an act entitled, "An act to pro-
H.R. 10768) (Scott). vide in the Department of Health, Edu-

cation, and Welfare for a loan service of
captioned films for the deaf," approved
Sept. 2, 1958, as amended, in order to
further provide for a loan service of edu -
cational media for the deaf, and for other

purposes.
H.R. 10238 (O'Hara, To provide labor standards for certain
Michigan).

persons employed by Federal contractors
to furnish services to Federal agencies,
and for other purposes.

89-216

89-258

89-286

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H.R. 3584 (Dent)--- To amend the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act so as to

provide further for the prevention of accidents in coal

mines. H.R. 77 (Thompson)-- To repeal sec. 14(b) of the National Labor Relations Act,

as amended, and sec. _705(b) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 and to amend the 1st proviso of sec. 8(a)(3) of the National

Labor Relations Act, as amended. H.R. 1153 (Roosevelt). To amend sec. 302(c) of the Labor-Management Re

lations Act, 1947, to permit employer contributions for joint industry promotion of products in certain instances or a joint committee or joint board empowered to interpret provisions of collective bargaining agree

ments. H.R. 8989 (O'Hara, To promote health and safety in metal and nonmeMichigan).

tallic mineral industries, and for other purposes. H.R. 10774 (Dent) -- To amend sec. 302 of the Labor Management Relations

Act, 1947, to broaden the permissible uses of trust funds to which employers contribute, and for other purposes.

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H.R. 10065 (Hawkins). To more effectively prohibit discrimination in employ

ment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national
origin, and for other purposes. (21-day resolution

(H. Res. 506) adopted Sept. 13, 1965).
H.R. 10518 (Roose- To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to
velt).

extend its protection to additional employees, to raise
the minimum wage, and for other purposes. (21-day

rule requested (H. Res. 546)).
H.R. 10027 (Sickles).-- To amend sec. 8(b)(4) of the National Labor Relations

Act, as amended, with respect to strike at the sites of
construction projects.

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The attached chart entitled "History of Labor Legislation Reported by the Full Committee” gives a detailed picture of the progress of labor legislation.

1 History of labor legislation reported by full committee 1st sess., 89th Cong.

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Sept. 20
Oct.

6
May 17

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307

May 6

May 26

June 8

89-36

1

O'Hara, Special

Labor.
Carey, Special

Labor.
Thompson, Special

Labor.
Thompson, Special

Labor.

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Scott-Pell, Special

Labor.

Oct.

5 Aug. 31

Oct. 19

89-258

Dent, General Labor.

1

181

Mar. 11

National Technical Institute for the

Deaf (H.R. 7031.)
National Council on the Arts, technical

amendment (H.R. 4714).!
National Foundation on the Arts and

Humanities (H.R. 9460) (S. 1483, as

amended, passed in lieu).
Amendments to the act providing for a

loan service of captioned films for the

deaf (H.R. 10768) (S. 2232 passed).!
Federal Coal Mine Safety Act amend-

ments (H.R. 3584).
Repeal of sec. 14(b) of Taft-Hartley

(H.R. 77).
Joint industry promotion (H.R. 1153).
Metallic and nonmetallic mine safety

(H.R. 8989).
Permissible uses of trust funds (H.R.

10774).
Discrimination in employment (H.R.

10065).
Fair Labor Standards Act Amendments

of 1965 (H.R. 10518).
Situs picketing (H.R. 10027).

June 1

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1 Although some of this legislation is concerned primarily with education and related subjects, it was handled by a labor subcommittee. Therefore, it is listed in the history

of labor legislation. It is also listed in the history of education legislation.

2 Conference report.

GENERAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR The General Subcommittee on Labor considered six legislative proposals during the 1st session of the $9th Congress. Thirty-five days of hearings were devoted to the study of these subjects, 28 days being confined to receipt of testimony on the proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bonding provisions of Federal labor laws

H.R. 2475 was introduced by Mr. Roosevelt on January 12, 1965. It was identical to a bill, H.R. 10873, reported by the full committee the preceding year which failed final consideration by the House. Mr. Dent also introduced an identical bill, H.R. 2409. Based on testimony received in the 88th Congress, H.R. 2475 was favorably reported by the subcommittee on February 3, 1965. On March 17 the full committee reported the bill to the House (H. Rept. 182) with a new numerical designation and a new author, H.R. 5883 by Mr. Pucinski. A resolution introduced by the chairman to consider this bill was adopted by the House and the bill was debated on the House floor and passed the House on May 27, 1965.

The primary purpose of the bill was to bring the bonding provisions of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act into conformity with those of the Welfare and Pension Plans Disclosure Act thereby requiring officers and representatives of labor organizations who handle funds to be bonded under a fraud or dishonesty bond. Joint labor-management programs

H.R. 1153, introduced by Mr. Roosevelt on January 4, 1965, was identical to H.R. 5690, a bill reported by the full committee in the 88th Congress which failed to pass the House.

In order to receive any new information on the provisions of the bill, the subcommittee held a 1-day hearing on H.R. 1153 on March 9, 1965, and received testimony from three witnesses and entered into the hearing record statements from representatives of 25 associations.

On April 29, 1965, the subcommittee reported H.R. 1153, with amendments, to the full committee. The full committee reported H.R. 1153, with amendments (H. Rept. 491) to the House on May 5, 1965. A rule was requested on May 5 and granted on July 15. The bill passed the House on August 10, 1965.

H.R. 1153 would amend section 302(c) of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, to permit employer contributions for joint industry promotion of products in certain instances or a joint committee or joint board empowered to interpret provisions of collective bargaining agreements. Amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Safety Act

Another bill which was considered by the subcommittee, reported by the full committee (H. Rept. 936), but received no consideration by the House in the 88th Congress, was H.R. 9000. Therefore, Mr. Roosevelt introduced an identical bill in the 89th Congress, H.R. 3584, which the subcommittee, based on extensive hearings in the previous session, reported to the full committee on February 3, 1965. The bill was referred back to the subcommittee for hearings to receive any new information. On March 10 the subcommittee held a hearing and on March 11 reported to the full committee. The full committee

reported the bill, with amendments, to the House (H. Rept. 181) on March 17 and requested a rule. A resolution introduced by the chairman to consider this bill was adopted by the House. H.R. 3584, with committee amendments, passed the House on June 1, 1965.

The bill would require coal mines now exempt from the act (mines employing 14 or fewer workers underground) to comply with the safety provisions of the act. Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1965

On May 18, 1965, Chairman Powell introduced H.R. 8259, the administration's recommendations for amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (identical bills by Mr. Roosevelt, H.R. 8260, and Mr. Dent, H.R. 8261). The subcommittee commenced hearings on these proposals, and all bills pending before the committee to amend the act. Included among these were H.R. 1022 by Mr. Gilbert to increase the minimum wage rate to $2 an hour; H.R. 1149 by Mr. Roosevelt to provide for a 35-hour workweek; H.R. 1546 by Mr. Holland to provide for a 32-hour workweek; H.R. 8093 by Mr. Dent to increase the minimum wage percentage applicable to handicapped workers employed in sheltered workshops; and H.R. 8109 by Mr. Roosevelt to establish a minimum wage rate for persons employed in agriculture and extend the child labor provisions of the act to certain children in agriculture and for other purposes.

The subcommittee held 28 days of hearings on these proposals, receiving testimony from almost 100 witnesses and more than 100 additional statements and supplemental material which were inserted into the four volumes of official hearing record.

After several days of executive sessions the subcommittee, on August 4, 1965, reported to the full committee a clean bill, H.R. 10275, which reflected substantial amendments made to H.R. 8259. The full committee reported a further amended bill, H.R. 10518 to the House on August 25, 1965 (H. Rept. 871). A rule was requested on August 25, but no hearings were scheduled by the Rules Committee. Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1965

Messrs. Roosevelt and Reid introduced two identical bills, H.R. 8998 and H.R. 8999, designed to strengthen and improve the enforcement procedures of title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (equal employment opportunity). The subcommittee held 1 day of hearings on these bills. Subsequent to that hearing Chairman Powell introduced a bill to more effectively achieve the purposes of the first two bills. Introduction of Mr. Powell's bill, H.R. 9222, was accompanied by the introduction of 15 identical bills by members of the committee and two bills by other House members.

The subcommittee held 3 days of hearings on H.R. 9222, and on July 26, 1965, reported the bill, with amendments, to the full committee. The full committee reported the amended bill as a clean bill H.R. 10065 by Mr. Hawkins, on August 3, 1965 (H. Rept. 718). A rule was requested on August 3, but no hearings were held by the Rules Committee. House Resolution 506, a 21-day resolution, introduced by Chairman Powell on August 9, was passed on September 13, 1965, placing the bill before the House for future consideration.

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