Supreme Court Protects against Intentional Destruction of Employer Property

Washington, DC – On June 1, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Glacier Northwest, in which the Court firmly held that unions cannot intentionally destroy employer property without consequences.

The following statement can be attributed to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen:

“Unions cannot and should not have a free pass for intentionally destroying someone else’s property. No federal law protects such behavior, including the NLRA, and the Supreme Court has just affirmed that common sense principle. Unions must be required to settle disputes within the confines of the law.

“Property protections are critical. Without strong property protections in place, unlawful behavior would be encouraged, leaving businesses exposed to intentional harm and vandalism. The balance of power between unions and employers would be upended without these guardrails.

“The Supreme Court’s decision protects our communities from such instability and ensures unions will answer for the intentional destruction of an employer’s property.”

CDW’s amicus brief before the Supreme Court can be found here.