Unions are relieved as the Supreme Court leaves the right to strike intact

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of business interests in a labor dispute while preserving the rights of workers to time their strikes.

The case explained: The dispute involved Glacier Northwest, a cement company, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with truck drivers walking off the job after loading wet concrete into delivery trucks.
* The company sued the union, claiming the truck drivers had endangered company equipment.
* The Washington Supreme Court ruled that Glacier’s complaint should have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The decision: The high court preserved the longstanding rule giving the NLRB broad authority in labor disputes and left strike protections intact.
* The court ruled in favor of the company in a fact-specific manner, stating that the union’s conduct in this case posed a serious and foreseeable risk of harm to Glacier’s trucks, which led to the dismissal by the state supreme court.

The opinions: While the court’s vote was 8-to-1, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson dissented, arguing the union acted lawfully in timing its strike for maximum pressure on the employer.

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