Clayton Act Law and Legal Definition

In response to pressure to clarify labor's position under untitrust laws, Congress, in 1914, enacted the Clayton Act, which included several major provisions protective of organized labor.

The Act stated that "the labor of a human being is not commodity or article of commerce," and provided further that nothing contained in the Federal Antitrust Laws shall be construed to forbid the existence and operation of labor.organizations.nor shall such organizations, or the members thereof, be held or construed to be illegal combinations or conspiracies in restraint of trade under the anti-trust laws.