Labor Law Stories tells the story of the development of labor law over the course of nearly seventy years, beginning with one of the earliest cases under the National Labor Relations Act, Mackay Radio, and ending with one of the most recent, Hoffman Plastic. The book includes cases from the major topics in a basic or advanced course on Labor Law, and describes not only the doctrinal evolution of law under the NLRA, but also the impact of the law on the lives of the people involved and their advocates, and how the law they made through litigation sometimes had an impact on others, and sometimes did not.
The authors interviewed dozens of participants in the fourteen cases addressed in the book, including union organizers; company managers; lawyers for unions, companies, and the NLRB; members of the NLRB; and Supreme Court clerks. In these interviews and in archival records all over the country, the authors discovered previously unknown information about these cases that will surprise and charm both labor law experts and those new to the field. Some of the chapters are able to resolve mysteries about the cases that have puzzled generations of labor law professors and their students.