STEELE v. L. & N.R. CO.

No. 45.

323 U.S. 192 (1944)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 18, 1944.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mr. Charles H. Houston, with whom Mr. Arthur D. Shores was on the brief, for petitioner.

Mr. Charles H. Eyster, with whom Mr. White E. Gibson was on the brief, for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co.; and Mr. James A. Simpson, with whom Messrs. Harold C. Heiss, Russell B. Day, and John W. Lapsley were on the brief, for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Enginemen et al., respondents.

Solicitor General Fahy, Messrs. Robert L. Stern, Alvin J. Rockwell, Joseph B. Robison, Frank Donner, Marcel Mallet-Provost and Miss Ruth Weyand filed a brief on behalf of the United States; Messrs. Thurgood Marshall and William H. Hastie on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Messrs. Edgar Watkins, John D. Miller, Arthur Garfield Hays, R. Beverley Herbert, and T. Pope Shepherd on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, as amici curiae, in support of petitioner.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE STONE delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question is whether the Railway Labor Act, 48 Stat. 1185, 45 U.S.C. §§ 151 et seq., imposes on a labor organization, acting by authority of the statute as the exclusive bargaining representative of a craft or class of railway employees, the duty to represent all the employees in the craft without discrimination because of their race, and, if...


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