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Brooks v. National Labor Relations Board
United States Supreme Court
348 U.S. 96 (1954)
A National Labor Relations Board (the board) election was held for the employees of Brooks (defendant) regarding whether to elect a machinists’ union (plaintiff) as the employees’ exclusive bargaining representative. By a vote of eight to five, the board certified the union. Soon after the election and right around the time of certification, Brooks received a letter signed by nine of the 13 bargaining-unit employees stating that they were not in favor of being represented by the union. Based on the letter, Brooks refused to bargain with the union. The board found that Brooks committed an unfair labor practice by its refusal to bargain, and the court of appeals enforced the board’s order. The matter came before the Supreme Court, which had to decide an employer’s duty in dealing with a certified union that has lost majority support soon after an election.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Frankfurter, J.)
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