National Labor Relations Board v. Truitt Manufacturing Co.

351 U.S. 149 (1956)

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National Labor Relations Board v. Truitt Manufacturing Co.

United States Supreme Court
351 U.S. 149 (1956)

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Facts

Truitt Manufacturing Co. (Truitt) (defendant) was engaged in collective bargaining with the union representing Truitt’s employees (plaintiff). The union asked for a wage increase of 10 cents per hour, and Truitt responded that it could not afford such an increase. Truitt maintained that it would go out of business if it paid an increase of more than two cents per hour, the company was undercapitalized, and it had never paid dividends. The union requested access to the company’s financial information so the union could decide whether to press its demand for a wage increase. Truitt refused to provide any financial information on relevance grounds. The National Labor Relations Board (the board) found that Truitt had failed to bargain in good faith. The matter came before the Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Black, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Frankfurter, J.)

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