No. 759.

330 U.S. 258 (1947)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 6, 1947.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Attorney General Clark and Assistant Attorney General Sonnett argued the cause for the United States. With them on the brief were Acting Solicitor General Washington, John Ford Baecher, Joseph M. Friedman and J. Francis Hayden.

Welly K. Hopkins and Joseph A. Padway argued the cause for the United Mine Workers and John L. Lewis. With them on the brief were Edmund Burke, T.C. Townsend, Harrison Combs, M.E. Boiarsky, Henry Kaiser and James A. Glenn.

Briefs were filed as amici curiae by George Moskowitz and Carl Rachlin for the Workers Defense League; Robert W. Kenny, Joseph Forer, David Rein and Herman A. Greenberg for the National Lawyers Guild; Lee Pressman, Eugene Cotton and Frank Donner for the Congress of Industrial Organizations; and William L. Standard for the National Maritime Union of America, CIO, urging reversal.

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

In October, 1946, the United States was in possession of, and operating, the major portion of the country's bituminous coal mines.1 Terms and conditions of employment were controlled "for the period of Government possession" by an agreement2 entered into on May 29, 1946, between Secretary of the Interior...

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