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Sailors’ Union of the Pacific (Moore Dry Dock Co.)

National Labor Relations Board
92 N.L.R.B. 547 (1950)


An American ship employed crew who belonged to the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific (defendant). The ship lost its contract to transport gypsum to a Panamanian ship, the S.S. Phopho. While the Phopho was converted to transport gypsum in a Moore Dry Dock Co. (plaintiff) shipyard, the Phopho’s owner hired all nonunion crew. The crew started training, working, and preparing the ship for departure. After unsuccessfully requesting recognition as bargaining agent for the new crew, the union asked to picket on Moore’s property next to the ship. Moore refused, so the union picketed the entrance to the dry dock instead. The union also sent letters to Moore employees explaining the dispute and asking them not to work on the Phopho. Both the pickets and letters emphasized the dispute was with the Phopho, not the shipyard. Within four days, Moore workers had stopped all work on the Phopho. Moore filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the union conducted an unlawful secondary boycott.

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