National Labor Relations Board v. Rugcrofters of Puerto Rico, Inc, 213 F.2d 537 (1st Cir. 1954)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit - 213 F.2d 537 (1st Cir. 1954) June 7, 1954

Ruth V. Reel, Washington, D. C. (George J. Bott, Gen. Counsel, David P. Findling, Associate Gen. Counsel, A. Norman Somers, Asst. Gen. Counsel, and Louis Schwartz, Atty., Washington, D. C., on the brief), for petitioner.

Philip Licari, Santurce, Puerto Rico, for respondent.

Before MAGRUDER, Chief Judge, and WOODBURY and HARTIGAN, Circuit Judges.


The National Labor Relations Board petitions for enforcement of its order against respondent issued December 2, 1953. The unfair labor practice found by the Board was the discriminatory discharge by respondent of one Juan Jose Arcelay. Respondent was directed to offer reinstatement to the discharged employee with back pay. At the same time the Board issued a cease and desist order in the customary terms.

Before the Board, respondent filed exceptions to the trial examiner's report, challenging the examiner's findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations. Counsel for respondent filed an appearance in this court but did not appear at the oral argument nor file a brief on behalf of respondent. He did obtain from this court an order enlarging the time for the filing of respondent's brief from April 10 to May 17, 1954, but sought no further extension. Under the circumstances we content ourselves with stating our ultimate conclusion: We have satisfied ourselves that the Board had jurisdiction to issue the order; that the finding as to the discriminatory discharge was supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole; and that the remedial order of the Board was within its authority.

A decree will be entered enforcing the order of the Board.