AUCIELLO IRON WORKS INC. v. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
95-668
Petitioner 
Auciello Iron Works Inc.
Respondent 
National Labor Relations Board
Advocates
(Department of Justice, argued the cause for the respondent)
(Argued the cause for the petitioner)
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Facts of the Case 

The day after Auciello Iron Works' contract offer was accepted by its union employees' collective-bargaining representative, Auciello disavowed the agreement because of a good-faith doubt, based on knowledge acquired before the offer's acceptance, that a majority of employees supported the Union. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Auciello's withdrawal was an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act and ordered that the agreement be reduced to a formal written instrument. The Court of Appeals enforced the order as reasonable after the NLRB issued a supplemental opinion to justify its refusal to consider Auciello's defense of good-faith doubt about the Union's majority status.

Question 

May an employer disavow a collective-bargaining agreement because of a good- faith doubt about a union's majority status at the time the contract was made, when the doubt arises from facts known to the employer before its contract offer had been accepted by the union?

Conclusion 
Decision: 9 votes for National Labor Relations Board, 0 vote(s) against
Legal provision: National Labor Relations, as amended

No. In a unanimous opinion delivered by Justice David H. Souter, the Court held that the NLRB reasonably concluded that an employer challenging an agreement under these circumstances commits an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The Court agreed with the NLRB that an employer's precontractual, good-faith doubt is inadequate to support an exception to the conclusive presumption of a union's majority status, which arises at the moment when a collective-bargaining contract offer has been accepted.

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