This week, Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder joined union members from across western Pennsylvania in remembrance of the NLRB v. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp supreme court decision. Pennsylvania’s labor movement understands and respects its place within labor history. This case serves as the Magna Carta for American unionism. The memorial marker will stand in Aliquippa, PA as a reminder to all of the dedication and sacrifice of Pennsylvania workers in the progress of the Labor Movement.
The Jones and Laughlin steel Corporation actively discriminated against workers who supported the steel workers organizing committee. They fired 10 workers unjustly for union organizing. The Supreme Court case entrenched labor rights in America and affirmed the NLRA, the Wagner act.
The marker reads: “In a landmark ruling on April 12 1937, the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Act In the case of the National Labor Relations Board V. Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. The company had fired unionized steel workers and its Aliquippa plant here, but the court ordered their reinstatement and established workers rights to organize and bargain collectively.