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INTERNATIONAL FUR & LEATHER WORKERS UNION v. FARME

November 19, 1953

INTERNATIONAL FUR & LEATHER WORKERS UNION OF UNITED STATES AND CANADA
v.
FARMER et al.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: KEECH

The court holds that the complaint sets forth a justiciable controversy, of which this court has jurisdiction. The defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint will therefore be denied.

The court further holds that the defendants, National Labor Relations Board and the members thereof, under the conceded facts of the case, are without statutory authority to suspend the status of the plaintiff Union as in compliance with the filing provisions of Section 9(h) of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, 29 U.S.C.A. § 159(h); and that denial of the Board's machinery to the plaintiff Union under said circumstances is illegal and will result in irreparable injury to the plaintiff Union and its members. The plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction will therefore be granted.

 Counsel will present promptly appropriate findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order.

 This cause came on to be heard on plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction and on defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint. The Court having heard the parties, having considered their memoranda filed herein and having issued its written ruling, upon the pleadings and papers herein, does this 23rd day of November, 1953, make the following findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order.

 Findings of Fact

 1. The plaintiff, the International Fur & Leather Workers Union of United States and Canada, is a voluntary, unincorporated labor organization engaged in bargaining for and in behalf of its members with respect to their wages, hours and conditions of employment.

 2. The defendants, Guy Farmer, Abe Murdock, Ivar H. Peterson and Philip Ray Rogers, constitute the National Labor Relations Board (hereinafter called the Board), which is a government agency created by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, as amended, 29 U.S.C.A. § 151 et seq. (hereinafter called the Act). The principal place of business and office of the Board is in the District of Columbia.

 3. In August, 1950, and annually thereafter in 1951, 1952, and 1953, the plaintiff duly filed with the Board the requisite registration statements, financial data and non-Communist affidavits and certificates of union officers as required by Section 9(f), (g) and (h) of the Act. Such compliance has been acknowledged by the Board. On June 11, 1953, the plaintiff duly received from the Board an official notification which stated: 'The National Labor Relations Board will consider your organization in compliance with Section 9(f) and (g) of the Act until December 31, 1953, and under Section 9(h) until May 31, 1954, provided there are no intervening changes in your officers.'

 4. There have been no intervening changes in the officers of the plaintiff.

 5. On August 29, 1953, Ben Gold, the president of plaintiff, was indicted in this Court and charged with an offense under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. The indictment charged that the affidavit filed by him pursuant to 29 U.S.C.A. § 159(h) in August, 1950, was false. Said Gold pleaded not guilty to said indictment on September 4, 1953, and said indictment is now pending and undetermined.

 6. On or about October 23, 1953, the Board promulgated a Statement of Policy wherein and whereby it set forth the following rules with respect to representation proceedings involving unions which have officers under indictment for false non-Communist affidavits:

 '1. The Board will withhold action on petitions for Board representation elections filed by such unions, unless (a) another union is involved in the case and (b) to hold the petition in abeyance would prejudice the interests of the employer or the other union.

 '2. If a union with an officer under indictment wins in an election, the Board will withhold certification of it as bargaining representative of the employees pending the outcome of the indictment against the union's officer or officers. Such unions will be permitted to take part in Board elections held at the request of an employer or another union.'

 7. Immediately upon the promulgation of said Statement of Policy the Board applied it to the plaintiff by reason of the then pending indictment against said Ben Gold and has refused and is now refusing to process representation petitions of the plaintiff or to allow it to participate in elections held on the petition of employers or ...


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