Union Welfare Funds

May 7, 1947

Report Outline
Demands of Organized Labor for Welfare Funds
Position of Congress on Welfare Funds
Development of Union Health-Welfare Funds

Demands of Organized Labor for Welfare Funds

Establishment of health and welfare funds in industries where they do not now exist, and expansion of welfare plans already in operation, are leading postwar objectives of American trade unions. Welfare fund demands will receive steadily increasing emphasis from organized labor as the ground is cut from under demands for cost-of-living wage boosts by the expected downward movement of prices.

The union movement for welfare funds results in part from the failure of Congress to act upon administration proposals to expand the Social Security System by providing sickness and disability insurance for the general population. But the new labor-management relations bill shortly to be sent to the White House will contain provisions to outlaw most, if not all, types of welfare funds sought by trade unions for the protection of their own members.

One of the reasons given by President Truman for vetoing the Case strike-control bill last year was his objection to a provision which would have prohibited contributions by employers to welfare funds administered solely by labor organizations. A veto of the new labor bill, if sustained in Congress, would leave the way open for trade union pressure on employers to establish new welfare funds through collective bargaining if possible, through strikes if necessary.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Aug. 2010  Social Welfare in Europe
Aug. 03, 2001  Welfare Reform
Dec. 06, 1996  Welfare, Work and the States
Sep. 16, 1994  Welfare Experiments
Apr. 10, 1992  Welfare Reform
Oct. 10, 1986  Working on Welfare
Mar. 09, 1984  Social Welfare Under Reagan
Apr. 17, 1981  European Welfare States Under Attack
Dec. 09, 1977  Welfare in America and Europe
Nov. 21, 1975  Future of Welfare
Dec. 20, 1967  Welfare Reform
Jun. 08, 1966  Guaranteed Income Plan
Oct. 04, 1961  Public Welfare Policy
Mar. 09, 1954  Worker Welfare Funds
Jul. 20, 1950  Welfare State
May 07, 1947  Union Welfare Funds
Jan. 10, 1940  Expansion of the Food-Stamp Plan
Retirement, Pensions, and Social Security
Unions and Labor-Management Relations