Labor Law: Ineffective Injunctions

Few weapons of the law raise the hackles of organized labor faster than the antistrike injunction. In the early 20th century, most labor injunctions in volved private industry, favored management and were enforced. Now they are being used in the public sector, favor state or city governments — and are ignored or appealed to death.

Strictly speaking, an injunction is simply an order by a court requiring that its interpretation of the law be com plied with. Willful failure to comply is contempt of court, and fines and jail sentences can be imposed....

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