Excerpt from The Nlrb Field Examiner
The Board and its staff were caught in the three-cornered fight over unionization, jurisdiction and the control of collective bargaining that developed. Specific criticism of the Board took the form of persistent complaints of bias in the administration of the Act, of inefficiency, of poor staffing, and the like. Combined with general anti-nlrb sentiment among certain powerful groups these criticisms made it possible for a coalition of Republicans and con servative Democrats in the House of Representatives to secure the appointment of a Special Committee to Investigate the nlrb, under the chairmanship of Congressman Howard W. Smith, Democrat of Virginia.
Needless to say the Smith Committee, as it was known, was not sympathetic to the nlrb. It expected to find and sought, for example, evidence of Communist infiltration. Quite naturally it 'was also on the alert for charges of bias, especially of anti-employer or pro-cio bias. And most of the allegations of bias which it took up did accuse the Board and its staff of favoring the 010. But in connection with its investigation of the staffing and conduct of the Los Angeles field office of the Board, the Committee found complaints of both pro-efl and pro-cio bias The Reward case is a discordant part of the confused Los Angeles story.
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