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Alaska Packers’ Ass’n v. Domenico
Citation:117 F. 99 (1902)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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The employer, Alaska Packers (appellant), owned a salmon packing factory in Alaska. The employees (appellee) were California sailors and fishermen who contracted to work for appellant in Alaska during the salmon season for $50 per sailor or fishermen. The libelants arrived in Alaska in April; in late May, the libelants stopped working and demanded an increase in salary. It was impossible for the appellant to find any replacement workers in Alaska or bring replacement workers from California in time to take full advantage of the short salmon season. The appellant agreed to increase the libelants’ fixed salary from $50 to $100. The libelants returned to work. After the libelants returned to California, appellant refused to pay more than $50 originally promised. Libelants sued to enforce the agreement modifying the employment contract.
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