Pennsylvania Fed'n v. Pennsylvania R. Co.
267 U.S. 203 (1925)

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Pennsylvania Fed'n v. Pennsylvania R. Co., 267 U.S. 203 (1925)

Pennsylvania Railroad System and Allied Lines Federation No. 90 v.

Pennsylvania Railroad Company

No. 661

Argued January 13, 1925

Decided March 2, 1925

267 U.S. 203

Syllabus

1. Since, as decided in Pennsylvaria Railroad Co. v. Labor Board,261 U. S. 72, the provisions of Title III of the Transportation Act, 1920, seeking to promote adjustment of disputes between carriers and their employees through conferences and through decisions of

Page 267 U. S. 204

the Railroad Labor Board, rely only upon the moral sanction of public opinion, and do not grant rights enforceable in a court of law, a carrier, in dealing with its employees concening wages and working conditions, is not bound by rulings of the Board affirming the right of any craft or class to select a trade union as their representative, but may substitute an election whereby only individuals, chosen regionally, are elected, and votes for a union are rejected; may refuse to allow furloughed employee to vote in the election, and may even threaten discharge of employees who do not consent to the agreement made with the representatives elected. P. 267 U. S. 210.

2. These things, being within the legal rights of a railroad company, are not subject to be enjoined, at the suit of a union composed of existing and former employees, upon the ground that the company and its officers, in doing them, are guilty of a conspiracy both at common law and under § 19 of the Criminal Code. Id.

3. Denial of the prayer for equitable relief and dismissal of the main part of the bill carries with it incidental claims for damages, without prejudice to their prosecution at law by individual claimants. P. 267 U. S. 218.

1 F.2d 171 affirmed.

Appeal from a decree of the circuit court of appeals which affirmed a decree of the district court (296 F. 220) dismissing the bill in a suit brought by a union, composed of present and former workers of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, to enjoin the corporation and its officers from carrying out an alleged conspiracy to defeat the provisions of the Railroad Labor Board legislation and to deprive the employees of rights under it. Damages also were prayed. The case is fully stated in the opinion.

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