The Local-International Relationship: A Call for an Institutional Approach

1965 University of Pennsylvania law review  
Structurally and functionally, a labor union is an institution. " 1 As an institution, it has characteristics peculiar to it and an identity of its own-an identity that has not been fully recognized by the courts. 2 The confusion generated by this lack of recognition is manifest in cases where a local union seeks to disaffiliate from its international. The disaffiliation action creates a dispute over the legal right to the possession and use of certain assets, ostensibly owned by the local. The
more » ... d by the local. The result in the courts has been a proliferation of confusing legal theories which have provided no clear guideline for the subsequent adjudication of similar controversies. 3 If courts would seek to answer the questions posed by these cases from a basis of a common understanding of the unique institutional nature of the local-international relationship, 4 strong, sure legal guidelines would emerge.
doi:10.2307/3310899 fatcat:izpgwm4px5eiheb64bbhanucb4