Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen

PETITIONER: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co.
RESPONDENT: Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen
LOCATION: Leon County Jailhouse

DECIDED BY: Warren Court (1965-1967)

CITATION: 385 US 20 (1966)
ARGUED: Oct 10, 1966
DECIDED: Oct 24, 1966

Allan Milledge - for the respondents
Dennis G. Lyons - for the petitioners
Neal P. Rutledge - for the respondents
Paul A. Porter - for the petitioners

Facts of the case


Media for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 10, 1966 in Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen

Earl Warren:

Number 220, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company et al., petitioners versus Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, et al.

Paul A. Porter:

Mr. Porter for petitioner.

Earl Warren:

Mr. Porter.

Paul A. Porter:

And Mr. Lyons.

Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court.

I'd asked the martial to bring forward here on easel a map that we have which I believe will of some assistance in making clear what this case is about.

Earl Warren:

Very well.

Paul A. Porter:

This case is here on certiorari from the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to review the holding of the District Court that without jurisdiction by reason of the Norris-La Guardia Act to issue an injunction against the picketing which suddenly surrounded of the Jacksonville terminal and effectively prevented all rail access through those facilities.

Now, the facts about the turmoil and the picketing, we think are essential for a proper understanding of this case and I will undertake that task.

Mr. Lyons will then address himself to some of the underlying legal issues that are involved.

The Jacksonville terminal, if Your Honor please, is shown in green here on this map.

Now, this represents a -- an expanded version of the map which is on page 9 of our opening brief.

Now, there's a basic concept with respect to these terminals that we believe is important to comprehend and that is this terminal is not a place by traffic stops, it is not a place where traffic terminates.

Brotherhoods most important function is its ways through which traffic moves and the terminal maybe a more appropriately described we think as a gateway or a thrown of commerce to which all the rail traffic to the entire commissioner Florida flows.

Now, the terminal stands upward as you will see of the main lines of the principle carriers.

Here, shown on this map, there's the main line of the Atlantic Coast Line which is in blue and it runs down from the north of Richmond, Virginia onto Tampa and points south of -- in to mention to Florida.

Its main lines enter here at the McQuade Street and exit next to Jonas Street.

That is marked here.

If you cut off the terminal property where these main lines run through thus you cut off the main line of the Atlantic Coast Line.

Here's also the principal main line of the seaboard and this is designated here in Orange.

As you can see the seaboard, enters into the terminal here on Paton Street and exits on Stockton Street.

So, certainly if you cut off the terminal, you cut off the main line of the seaboard.

Now, in addition this main line control operations that move on the coastline and seaboard which do not involved interchanges between any carrier.

The terminal was are placed through which there is a considerable interchange of freight traffic between carriers of plants coal through the terminal properties.

Now, these interchanges of course are necessary to move commodities to Florida or necessary for the vast and space effort and therefore, it orders from the Seaboard and the Coastline to interchange their freight with each other, these cars has must be moved into and through the terminal property and say it was a keys of the southern railway system which lies in within the terminal here and are shown in red.

The same is true on the struck Florida East Coast Carrier whose lands are shown in brown and they come up from the south and terminate across the St. John's River at river side out of it.

That is the northernmost terminal of the Florida East Coast.

It moves on traffic --

Is there another carrier designed to realign the (Inaudible)?

Paul A. Porter:

Yes, sir.