Kennedy was a faithful and strong friend of labor. He served in labor committee from 1947 to 1952, six years in the House of Representatives. He also worked as the member of Joint Committee on Labor-Management Relations in 1949 (Manchester, n.d.). Later he joined U.S. Senate in 1952 and promoted foreign affairs, civil rights, progressive taxation, regulation of business and social welfare legislation. Kennedy remained the member of labor committees during his entire political career and presented much major legislation related to labor. He combated against the Taft Hartley Bill in this period. After taking this seat, he served in the Labor and Public Welfare Committee, the Government Operations Committee, the Select committee on Labor-Management Relations, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. At that time many issues of unions aroused in factories. He was well-known in dealing with traditional and common democratic issues including trade union matters and foreign policy matters. Kennedy presented The Kennedy-Douglas-Ives Bill (1957) which entailed the whole details about the pension of every employee and the welfare funds (Manchester, n.d.). Kennedy gave a bill in 1958 which was the first main labor relations bill that got so much importance after the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. This bill did not include the Taft Hartley amendments as proposed by the President. It was basically about controlling union abuses uncovered by the McClellan committee. It was later on rejected by the House. Kennedy introduced a minimum wage bill in 1959. It was basically the same bill presented in 1958 with few amendments regarding the financial and misconduct of union officials.
Biography of John F Kennedy