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National Labor Relations Board v. Local 60

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, SEVENTH CIRCUIT.


June 15, 1961

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, PETITIONER
v.
LOCAL 60, UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS AND JOINERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO, INDIANAPOLIS AND CENTRAL INDIANA DISTRICT COUNCIL, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

Author: Knoch

Before SCHNACKENBERG, KNOCH and CASTLE, Circuit Judges.

KNOCH, C. J.: The National Labor Relations Board found that respondents had violated the National Labor Relations Act, ยงยง 8(b)(1)(A) and 8(b)(2), as amended, in maintaining and enforcing agreements with Mechanical Handling Systems, Inc., which established established closed shop preferential hiring conditions and which caused Mechanical Handling Systems, Inc. to refuse to employ two applicants from another local of the same national union because they did not get referral approval from the respondent local.

The Board's Order included the following provision:

As we find that dues, non-membership dues, assessments, and work permit fees, were collected under the illegal contract as the price employees paid in order to obtain or retain their jobs, we do not believe it would effectuate the policies of the Act to permit the retention of the payments which have been unlawfully exacted from the employees. 122 N.L.R.B. 396.

Respondents argued that the evidence failed to show any dues, assessments, or fees had been exacted under the agreements found to be unlawful and that all such fees had been paid voluntarily. This Court held that:

further held:

and directed enforcement of the Board's order. 273 F.2d 699.

The Supreme Court granted Writ of Certiorari in which the refund provision alone was challenged. The majority of the Supreme Court held that:

Where no membership in the union was shown to be influenced or compelled by reason of any unfair practice, no "consequences of violation" are removed by the order compelling the union to return all dues and fees collected from the members; and no "dissipation" of the effects of the prohibited action is achieved. * * * The order in those circumstances becomes punitive and beyond the power of the Board.

The judgment of this Court was reversed, and the cause remanded to this Court for proceedings in conformity with the opinion of the Supreme Court.

Accordingly, this Court hereby revokes that part of its prior judgment which granted the Board's petition for enforcement of its Order with respect to the provision for refund of fees, dues, and assessments collected from members.

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