Timberlane Regional School District v. Timberlane Regional Education Association

114 N.H. 245, 317 A.2d 555 (1974)

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Timberlane Regional School District v. Timberlane Regional Education Association

New Hampshire Supreme Court
114 N.H. 245, 317 A.2d 555 (1974)

  • Written by Alexander Hager-DeMyer, JD

Facts

In the summer of 1973, the Timberlane Regional School District (school district) (plaintiff) engaged in collective-bargaining negotiations with the Timberlane Regional Education Association (association) (defendant), the bargaining agent for the majority of the school district’s teaching staff. By January of 1974, negotiations had reached an impasse on many issues, including salary. The association voted to send the issues to mediation but was unable to find a mediator agreeable to the school district. By the end of February, the school district cut off all attempts at further negotiation, and the association voted to strike until the school district agreed to mediation. Under New Hampshire law, public employees were prohibited from striking. The school district filed a petition in a New Hampshire trial court to enjoin the association from striking. The trial court assigned the case to a special master for a ruling. The master recommended denying the injunction because the parties had not exhausted the possibility of compromise in the bargaining process. The court denied the injunction, and the school district formally took exception. The case was appealed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kenison, C.J.)

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