Labor Injunctions

Archive Report

Power of Courts Over Labor Unions

Mine Worker's Challenge to Injunctive Process

Culminating events of the 1949–50 bituminous mine stoppage have raised serious doubt that injunction provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act as they now stand will ever again prove adequate to protect the country against nation-wide strikes by determined unions in basic industries. Private use of injunctions in labor disputes was curbed by the Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932, after 40 years of complaint by labor leaders and others that the courts were being used by employers to break strikes and obstruct union organization. Government use of injunctions in situations which imperil the national health or safety is now under reexamination, on the basis of recent experience in the coal emergency, in an attempt to assay future ...

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