In January of 1980 the International Longshoremen's Associaton, (ILA), boycotted any and all material destined for or originated from the Soviet Union. The boycott was announced as a political protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Not surprisingly, the boycott spawned several lawsuits contesting the legality of the union action: New Orleans Steamship Ass'n v. Longshore Workers; Baldovin v. ILA and Walsh v. ILA. This comment will focus on these three decisions and their treatment of three major issues: first, whether the boycott is within the commerce jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB); second, whether the boycott is within the labor dispute jurisdiction of the NLRB; and third, whether the boycott constituted a secondary boycott in violation of section 8(b)(4)(ii)(B) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Caddell, Jeffrey L.
"Longshoremen's Embargo of Soviet Goods: A Secondary Boycott or a Political Protest?,"
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