Norris-Laguardia Act


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Norris-Laguardia Act

The Norris-LaGuardia Act (29 U.S.C.A. § 101 et seq.) is one of the initial federal labor laws in favor of organized labor. It was enacted in 1932 to provide that contracts that limit an employee's right to join a Labor Union are unlawful. Such contracts are commonly known as yellow dog contracts. Initially the law was known as the anti-injunction act since its numerous restrictions had the effect of stopping any federal court from issuing an Injunction to end a labor dispute. In one part of the act, for example, there is a provision that an injunction prohibiting a strike cannot be issued unless the local police are either unwilling or unable to prevent damage or violence.

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According to the complaint, TCF Bank's Dispute Resolution Policy violates the Norris-LaGuardia Act, which protects the rights of employees to engage in concerted activity for mutual aid or protection by making unenforceable any promise to waive those rights.
policy outlined in the Norris-LaGuardia Act believed that to ensure this
22) in addition to the protections offered by the Norris-LaGuardia Act.
The district court denied Pulte's motion, stating that it lacked jurisdiction under the Norris-LaGuardia Act, which requires employers to try to resolve labor disputes through negotiations.
However, the court affirmed the district court's denial of Pulte's request for a preliminary injunction, stating that Pulte failed to comply with Section 8 of the Norris-LaGuardia Act, which requires a plaintiff to make "every reasonable effort to settle the dispute by negotiation.
The Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 and the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 swung the tide in favor of unions, outlawing "yellow-dog" contracts that would allow workers the freedom to choose not to join a union as a condition of employment, prohibiting federal judges from issuing injunctions to prevent strikes (and to protect private property rights), and forcing workers and employers to accept "exclusive representation" once a union is validated by majority vote.
Congress overruled both parts of the decision in 1932 with the enactment of the Norris-LaGuardia Act.
Only the Norris-LaGuardia Act (1932) ended this practice.
As one contemporary commentator noted, "it is safe to say that the Norris-LaGuardia Act did little more than codify the attitude of the more liberal courts.
127) The passage of the Norris-LaGuardia Act and its state analogues marked a turning point in the development of the overbreadth doctrine.
The main legal issue involved was whether the Buy Where You Can Work picketing was an economic dispute like a workers' strike, and thus legal under the recently passed Norris-LaGuardia Act, or whether it was a racial dispute.
According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, at one point, when David Bois, counsel for the NFL brought up the Norris-LaGuardia Act, Judge Nelson shot back, "'Isn't there some bit of irony that the Norris-LaGuardia act is designed to protect employees from strike-breaking fed judges, should now be used to prevent an injunction of a wealthy, multiemployer unit seeking to break players?