National Right to Work Foundation Urges SCOTUS to Reverse NLRB Decision Letting ILA Union Wipe Out Nonunion Port Jobs

ILA union strategy to gain control over all jobs at Charleston, SC’s Leatherman Terminal will likely lead to termination of 270 port workers

The National Right to Work Foundation filed an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the case, the SCPA is challenging International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union officials’ legal gambit to gain control of all port jobs at Charleston, SC’s Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal. Foundation staff attorneys emphasize that the union’s scheme will throw 270 nonunion port workers out of their jobs unless the Court intervenes.

The SCPA is battling the Biden NLRB’s December 2022 ruling permitting ILA union bosses, pursuant to a legally dubious monopoly arrangement they have with the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX), to file lawsuits to prevent cargo carriers from docking at Leatherman until the union gains control of crane lift equipment jobs at the facility. State employees, who are free from the union’s control, have performed this work for SCPA since Leatherman opened in March 2021, and for decades at the other port facilities. […]

“In their effort to maintain and expand their stranglehold on port employment all across the East Coast, ILA union bosses are putting the livelihoods of hundreds of Leatherman employees in jeopardy – employees who work side-by-side with unionized workers at Leatherman and have done nothing wrong,” commented National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix. “The Supreme Court must reverse the Biden NLRB’s erroneous ruling letting this union gambit move forward, bearing in mind that the real victims here are the nonunion port workers whose jobs ILA officials want to seize.”


All contents from this article were originally published on the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Website.

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