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What rights did the Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 give to labor unions?

The Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 was a significant piece of legislation that provided federal sanction to the rights of labor unions to organize, strike, and use other forms of economic leverage in their dealings with management. This act was passed during the last year of the Hoover Administration and was the first in a series of laws enacted in the 1930s that aimed to protect the rights of labor unions. One of the key provisions of the Norris-LaGuardia Act was the prohibition of federal courts from enforcing "yellow dog" contracts. These were agreements under which workers promised not to join a union or to discontinue their membership in one. The act also barred federal courts from issuing restraining orders or injunctions against activities by labor unions and individuals. These activities included joining or organizing a union, assembling for union purposes, striking or refusing to work, advising others to strike or organize, publicizing acts of a labor dispute, and providing lawful legal aid to persons participating in a labor dispute.
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