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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp.
Citation:301 U.S. (1937)
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In 1935, Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act to create better working conditions for employees and protect their right to organize in unions. The National Labor Relations Board, the executive agency tasked with enforcing the law, found that respondent Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation had engaged in unfair labor practices (thus violating the NLRA) by discriminating against employees who were attempting to form a union. Jones & Laughlin was a major producer of steel in the U.S., with business and offices in many states. The NLRB ordered a steel manufacturer, Jones & Laughlin, to remedy the unfair employment practices. Jones & Laughlin sued, arguing that the NLRA was unconstitutional as an impermissible use of Congress’s Commerce Power.
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