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Oregon Regulation of Labor Disputes, Measure 9 (1938)

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The Oregon Regulation of Labor Disputes Bill, also known as Measure 9, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure defined “labor dispute” as a controversy between employer and employees, prohibited the obstruction of commerce and manufacturing and picketing a business unless an actual labor dispute exists and restricted revenues of collective bargaining organizations to “legitimate” requirements.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 9 (1938)
Approveda Yes 197,771 57.12%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

BILL REGULATING PICKETING AND BOYCOTTING BY LABOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS - Purpose: Defining "labor dispute" as only an actual controversy between employer and employes directly concerning wages, hours or working conditions involved therein, and not including jurisdictional controversy between, labor organizations, nor employer's refusal to deal with either such organizations; forbids obstructing or preventing lawful commerce in or manufacturing, harvesting, processing, marketing agricultural or other products; forbids picketing employer's property or boycotting employer's business unless actual labor dispute, so defined, exists; authorizes courts' restraining and enjoining such picketing or boycotting; restricts fees, dues, fines, etc., of collective bargaining organizations to legitimate requirements; forbids preventing, hindering, molesting persons seeking or securing any employment.
Vote YES or NO

316. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

317. No. I vote against the proposed law. [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.