Carpet Service International, Inc. v. Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Labor Law
Case Number: 
No. 11-3194
Decision Date: 
September 25, 2012
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
Dist. Ct. did not clearly err in finding in favor of defendants-union and union officials in action by plaintiff-employer alleging that defendants committed unfair labor practices under LMRA by engaging in illegal secondary strike by picketing plaintiff’s job site. Record showed that although plaintiff and secondary employer shared common work site, which was picketed by defendants, plaintiff failed to show under Moore Dry Dock standards that defendants intended to enmesh secondary employer in their labor dispute with plaintiff where picketing was limited to job site at times when defendants believed plaintiff to be present, and where picketers clearly identified plaintiff as object of picket. Fact that defendants told official of secondary employer that union would picket secondary employer in future if it continued to use plaintiff’s non-union workers did not constitute illegal activity.