Washington Law Review


Keith M. Callow


The rapid growth of the labor union movement in the past sixty years has created many new, unique and complex problems. The application of old concepts and theories to these problems often has resulted in illogical and inequitable answers. In certain branches of labor law the courts have been slow in providing workable rules due to their adherence, not only to the old concepts, but also to—as if they applied to the present situation—the reasoning behind the old concepts. Some problems are being misread. Union membership must come to be recognized as a right and not a mere privilege. The courts should take cognizance of the complete scope of the problem and proceed on the premise that the union exists for the worker, not the worker for the organization.

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