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Locomotive Engineers v. Missouri-Kansas-Texas R. Co., 363 U.S. 528 (1960)

Locomotive Engineers v. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co.

No. 165

Argued April 20, 1960

Decided June 20, 1960

363 U.S. 528


After changing from short-range steam locomotives to longer-range diesel locomotives, respondent railroads issued general orders doubling the length of their way-freight runs, thereby eliminating the jobs of two of their five-man way-freight crews and changing the home or away-from-home terminals of the remaining crews. After unsuccessfully invoking the services of the National Mediation Board, the unions representing the members of these crews called a strike. The railroads submitted the dispute to the National Railroad Adjustment Board and sued for injunctive relief. The District Court enjoined the strike pending decision by the Adjustment Board, but only on condition that the railroads either (1) restore the pre-existing situation, or (2) pay the employees adversely affected the wages they would have received had the orders not been issued.

Held: in granting an injunction to protect the jurisdiction of the Adjustment Board, the District Court had the equitable power to impose these conditions to protect the employees against a harmful change in working conditions during pendency of the dispute before the Adjustment Board. Pp. 363 U. S. 529-535.

266 F.2d 335 reversed.

Page 363 U. S. 529

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