Norris-LaGuardia Act

Date in History : March 23, 1932

The Norris-LaGuardia Act, passed in 1932, during the last year of

the Hoover Administration, was the first in a series of laws passed by

Congress in the 1930s which gave Federal sanction to the right of

labor unions to organize and strike, and to use other forms of

economic leverage in dealings with management.

The law specifically prohibited Federal courts from enforcing

so-called “yellow dog” contracts or agreements (under which workers

promised not to join a union or promised to discontinue membership in


In addition, it barred Federal courts from issuing restraining orders

or injunctions against activities by labor unions and individuals,

including the following:

(*) joining or organizing a union, or assembling for union purposes;

(*) striking or refusing to work, or advising others to strike or


(*) Publicizing acts of a Labor dispute; and

(*) providing lawful legal aid to persons participating in a labor