Thomas v. Collins

PETITIONER: Thomas
RESPONDENT: Collins
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 14
DECIDED BY: Stone Court (1943-1945)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Oct 11, 1944
DECIDED: Jan 08, 1945

Facts of the case

A Texas law required union officials to obtain an organizer's card before soliciting possible members. A judge convicted a labor organizer of contempt for speaking at a union rally without a permit.

Question

Does the Texas law requiring labor organizers to secure permission to solicit members violate the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment?