The Law: A Blow to Unions

In 1932, the Norris-La Guardia Act stopped federal judges from issuing anti-strike injunctions against the struggling unions of the time. In 1962, the Supreme Court held that the statute even protected walkouts barred by no-strike agreements in union contracts. But last week, in a rare move, the court reversed itself. Result: federal judges may now enjoin strikes that violate no-strike provisions if a union contract also provides for binding arbitration of disputes. At issue was a strike by the Retail Clerks union against a California supermarket, called after the store had allowed nonunion workers to arrange its shelves. A federal district...

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