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Robert N. Denham appointed NLRB general counsel: 1947 | by Washington Area Spark
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Robert N. Denham appointed NLRB general counsel: 1947

Robert N. Denham, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is shown in photograph published July 17, 1947 upon his appointment.


Denham previously served as an NLRB trial examiner and as chair of the Federal Trial Examiners Conference.


During the 1948 cafeteria workers strike in Washington, D.C. Denham issued an opinion that unions could negotiate contracts with employers even if the officers refused to sign the recently enacted non-communist affidavits.


However, he also ruled that the NLRB could not get involved in any dispute where the union officers had not signed such affidavits.


Denham, a Republican, was appointed by President Harry S. Truman to the post, but quickly became embroiled in controversy as the 1948 Taft-Harley Act made the office independent of the five NLRB commissioners.


The Act gave the position the sole power to investigate and prosecute charges of unfair labor practices, and sole authority over NLRB field offices.


After a running feud between the commissioners and his office, Truman fired him in 1950.


Denham then went into private practice representing employers.


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The photographer is unknown. The image is an ACME News Service photograph obtained via an Internet sale.

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Taken on July 17, 1947