Pattern Makers' League of North America v. National Labor Relations Board

473 U.S. 95 (1985)

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Pattern Makers’ League of North America v. National Labor Relations Board

United States Supreme Court
473 U.S. 95 (1985)

  • Written by Rose VanHofwegen, JD

Facts

In 1976, the Pattern Makers’ League of North America (League) (codefendant) adopted a constitutional provision known as League Law 13 that prohibited resigning during strikes. The next year, the league fined 10 members who resigned during a strike and returned to work, in amounts approximating what each worker earned during the strike. The association representing employers filed charges against the league and its two locals (codefendants), challenging the fines as an unfair labor practice. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (plaintiff) agreed, reasoning that the fines restricted the workers’ right to resign, and the appellate court affirmed. Noting a split among appellate courts on the issue, the Supreme Court granted review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)

Dissent (Blackmun, J.)

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