Youngdahl v. Rainfair, Inc.

PETITIONER: Youngdahl
RESPONDENT: Rainfair, Inc.
LOCATION: Shotwell Manufacturing Co.

DOCKET NO.: 11
DECIDED BY: Warren Court (1957-1958)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 355 US 131 (1957)
ARGUED: Oct 15, 1957
DECIDED: Dec 09, 1957

Facts of the case

Question

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 15, 1957 (Part 1) in Youngdahl v. Rainfair, Inc.

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 15, 1957 (Part 2) in Youngdahl v. Rainfair, Inc.

William J. Isaacson:

-- injunction here in which the court below affirmed the injunction.

That is the strike and picketing which began on June the 20th, 1955.

Picketing was by one or two pickets in front of the Rainfair plant and they carry a sign which read, “Rainfair Workers on Strike, Rainfair is unfair to its employees, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, CIO.”

Felix Frankfurter:

The record is clear as to the number of pickets?

William J. Isaacson:

Yes.

There is no challenge -- there is no challenge as to the picketing itself in front of the plant premises, none whatsoever.

As far as we can tell, it appears all the pickets themselves did was carry the -- the signs --

Felix Frankfurter:

Did you give the number of the pickets?

William J. Isaacson:

Yes, one to two -- one to two at each entrance.

The plant is located on a corner at a street, Rowena Street and there's another street called Martin Drive, intersecting with Rowena Street and apparently there are one to two pickets at each of these entrances.

Normally --

Felix Frankfurter:

If put together.

I suppose all the facts must be gathered from the testimony so the Court -- just to meet a general finding in a degree.

William J. Isaacson:

The Court -- the Court didn't make any findings --

Felix Frankfurter:

The counsel --

William J. Isaacson:

The trial court --

Felix Frankfurter:

The trial court, paragraph 1 is a general -- what I call a general (Voice Overlap) --

William J. Isaacson:

Yes, yes.

But in the -- in the Supreme Court, however, of Arkansas, they referred to the one of the two pickets and we don't -- we don't take any exception to -- to that statement part.

There was no violence.

There's no threat of violence and that as far as we -- as I said, so far as we can tell there's no conduct whatsoever there.

Felix Frankfurter:

But the counsel have found (Inaudible)

William J. Isaacson:

Not as to the picketing itself.

Felix Frankfurter:

No, as to violence.

William J. Isaacson:

Oh, Now, I come -- I come to the next aspect --

Felix Frankfurter:

I'm not (Voice Overlap) --

William J. Isaacson:

-- of the strike activity.

Yes.

I'm talking merely now with the pickets themselves.

Now, the next aspect of the -- of the activity is the activities in the part of the strikers on a vacant lot, strikers and representatives of the Amalgamated on a vacant lot across the street from the plant.