International Association of Machinists v. Street
United States Supreme Court
367 U.S. 740 (1961)
A group of railway unions including the International Association of Machinists (defendants) entered a union-shop agreement requiring carriers to condition employment on paying union initiation fees and dues. Street and other employees who objected to political agendas the unions used the funds to promote sued in state court on First Amendment grounds. The Georgia courts found the provision unconstitutional and enjoined its enforcement. The unions appealed, and the Supreme Court granted review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
Concurrence (Douglas, J.)
Dissent (Frankfurter, J.)
Dissent (Black, J.)
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