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fruit & vege v NLRB

fruit & vege v NLRB - the store employees ISSUE •...

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Samantha Zid MGT 405 NLRB v. FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PACKERS AND WAREHOUSEMEN 377 U.S. (1964) SIGNIFICANT FACTS The Fruit and Vegetable Packers and Warehouse Union covered the workers of Washington State Apples in a collective bargaining agreement After neither side was able to come to an agreement, the Union led a strike against Washington State Apples Washington Sate Apples sold their product to 46 Safeway stores in Seattle and the union led a customer boycott against the apples in support of the strike There were between 2 and 3 picketers at each location where they distributed handbills and sought to generally reframe the public from buying the apples Before any picketers showed up, a letter was delivered to every store manager explaining that the picketing was only an appeal for customers to decease buying the apples The picketers were forbidden from telling any of the customers not to patronize the store During the entire process, there were no obstructions to pickups or deliveries or to
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Unformatted text preview: the store employees ISSUE • Did the respondent unions disrupt the store’s business by appealing to the customers of the store not to buy any of its products? LOWER COURT • The NLRB found that the union was guilty of consumer picketing in front of a secondary establishment • Court of Appeals sided with the union on the basis that there was no evidence that the picketers had ever deterred customers from shopping at the Safeway stores HOLDING • Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals findings SIGNIFICANCE OF CASE • Congress stated that there must be visible evidence that the picketers threatened, coerced, or restrained any customers against shopping in the store • The picketers only tried to persuade customers against the primary employer, which falls within the rights of picketers • History shows that Congress was following its usual practice of legislating against peaceful picketing only to curb isolated evils...
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