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Labor Unions:
Allentown Mack Sales and Services Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board

Appealed From: U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
Subject: Labor Unions

Argued: Oct. 15, 1997

Decided: Jan. 26, 1998
Vote: 9-0 (on Part I)
At Issue: The National Labor Relations Board imposes a rule against employers polling workers to test their support of an incumbent union unless the employer already has objective evidence that the union no longer has majority support. Should this rule be allowed to stand?

Decision: The justices ruled to support the NLRB rule requiring a "good-faith reasonable doubt" standard to allow employers to poll workers on their support for a union.

Read the full text of the Allentown et al. v. NLRB decision at the Findlaw Internet Legal Resources Web site. The lower court decision is also available there.

Sources: The Washington Post, Supreme Court, The United States Law Week (a Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication)

© Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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