American Communications Association v. Douds
Significance, Related Cases
American Communications Association, C.I.O.
Charles T. Douds, Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board
That the requirement of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act that union officials affirm in writing that they are not members of the Communist Party violates their First Amendment Rights.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Philip B. Perlman, U.S. Solicitor General
Justices for the Court
Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Stanley Forman Reed, Fred Moore Vinson (writing for the Court)
Hugo Lafayette Black (William O. Douglas, Tom C. Clark, and Sherman Minton did not participate)
Date of Decision
8 May 1950
Declaring that the threat of political strikes outweighed the First Amendment rights of labor leaders, the Court upheld the provision at issue.
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