No. 114.

386 U.S. 171 (1967)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 27, 1967.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David E. Feller argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief were Henry A. Panethiere, Russell D. Jacobson, Jerry D. Anker and George G. West.

Allan R. Browne argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

Briefs of amici curiae, urging reversal, were filed by Solicitor General Marshall, Robert S. Rifkind, Arnold Ordman, Dominick L. Manoli and Norton J. Come for the United States; by J. Albert Woll, Robert C. Mayer, Laurence Gold and Thomas E. Harris for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations; and by Robert L. Hecker and Earl G. Spiker for Swift & Co.

MR. JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

On February 13, 1962, Benjamin Owens filed this class action against petitioners, as officers and representatives of the National Brotherhood of Packinghouse Workers1 and of its Kansas City Local No. 12 (the Union), in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Owens, a Union member, alleged that he had been discharged from his employment at Swift & Company's (Swift) Kansas...

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