Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 174

Case Movement

Case Details

  • Case Status: Pending
  • Docket Number: 21-1449
  • Category: Labor Relations

Issue

Glacier Northwest is seeking SCOTUS review in a case involving the interplay between private property rights and federal labor law.  Specifically, the question presented in the case is whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) preempts state tort claims against a union for intentionally destroying an employer’s property in the course of a labor dispute. The Washington State Supreme Court held that the answer was yes and, thus, ruled that the employer’s tort claim had to be dismissed even assuming the union intentionally destroyed the employer’s property in violation of state law.

June 15, 2022

The Restaurant Law Center filed a brief in support of Glacier Northwest, arguing that, for at least 40 years, SCOTUS has been clear that the NLRA does not immunize unions that intentionally destroy an employer’s property by preempting state law tort suits against them.