President Woodrow Wilson protected workers with several laws he put into place. The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 prohibited unfair business practices and interlocking directorates and legalized peaceful strikes, pickets and boycotts. The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 prohibited the sale of goods produced with child labor, and the Adamson Act of 1916 established an eight-hour work day for railroad workers.Continue Reading
The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 was created by Wilson to strengthen and clarify the earlier Sherman Anti-Trust Act. It prohibited some monopolies from forming and also protected the labor unions and farmers' organizations from being prosecuted for organizing.
The Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 was put into place to prevent companies from employing child labor, which was detrimental to children. The act was ruled unconstitutional, and a concrete child labor amendment was not passed until 1938.
The Adamson Act was passed in response to railroad workers threatening a nationwide strike unless they were given an eight-hour work day, while still being paid for 10 hours. The act stopped the strike at the last minute. Wilson also passed the Workingmen's Compensation Act of 1916, which provided financial assistance to federal employees who were injured and unable to work for a time. This was a precursor to workers compensation for all employees.Learn more about US History