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United Mine Workers of America v. Gibbs

United States Supreme Court
383 U.S. 715 (1966)



In the spring of 1960, the Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company laid off 100 miners from one of its mines. The workers were members of the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMW) Local 5881 (defendant). Later that summer, Grundy Company, a subsidiary of Consolidated, opened a mine nearby and gave Paul Gibbs (plaintiff) a contract to haul coal from the mine to the railroad. Many of the jobs at the new mine were given to members of the Southern Labor Union. Not long after work began, members of UMW prevented work from occurring, often resorting to physical violence against workers. They believed that the jobs at the new mine had been promised to members of their union. Gibbs lost his haulage contracts and claims that he was unable to obtain other hauling contracts as a result of a UMW plan against him. He sued the UMW’s international parent in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He claimed violations of § 303 of the Labor Management Relations Act as well as Tennessee common law. The jury found for Gibbs under both federal and state law and awarded both compensatory and punitive damages. The trial court eventually set aside the award of damages under the federal claim. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

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