March - Industrial Disputes Investigation Act enacted

Date: 
March 22, 1907
The first national legislation dealing with industrial disputes, the Industrial Disputes Investigation Act, was enacted. This law did not provide a framework for bargaining, but it did embody three basic principles: the compulsory investigation of labour disputes by government-appointed third parties; the expectation that informed public opinion would bring pressure for compromise; and the prohibition of work stoppages pending investigation.