Although there are some notable exceptions, the law has generally been slow to
recognize individual rights when they conflicted with the policy of institutional unionism
that was enacted in the National Labor Relations Act. Union power and prestige grew at an
enormous rate for many decades. Union security clauses became the norm. Legislative
developments and case precedent from the United States Supreme Court began to chip away at
this power base as individual rights reemerged as a significant consideration, especially
in areas of labor law where unions power was nearly absolute.