Wolff Packing Company v. Court of Industrial Relations
WOLFF PACKING COMPANY V. COURT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
WOLFF PACKING COMPANY V. COURT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 262 U.S. 522 (1923). Following a series of labor actions in 1920, the Kansas legislature passed an act declaring a compelling public interest in the manufacture of food and clothing, mining, public utilities, and transportation. A three-judge industrial court was given sweeping authority to fix wages and labor conditions. In 1923 a unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court ended the industrial court by declaring the fixing of wages in a packing plant a deprivation of property and a denial of the freedom of contract guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Allen E.Ragan/a. r.