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In Stokeley Van Camp, Inc. v. United Packinghouse Workers of America, the company and the union had entered into a collective bargaining agreement under which there were to be no strikes or lock-outs pending the use of the grievance and arbitration procedures provided in the contract. The chancellor enjoined members of the union from participating in a strike, and in such incidental activities as mass picketing, and threatening and intimidating persons seeking to enter and leave the plant. The company's bill and affidavits indicated the existence of a strike with mass picketing and threats of violence. The union did not file counter affidavits. Its answer denied the statements of the company in the bill and asserted that the acts complained of were brought on by company officials and not by the union. The chancellor ordered the injunction made permanent after the defendant union fled a motion to dissolve it.

In an opinion by Justice Prewitt, the Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed the decree of the chancellor. The union and its members were considered to be "in no position" to be granted a dissolution of the injunction "on account of the fact they have not complied with their contract," the court citing an American Law Reports annotation. There is no further elaboration of the appropriateness of the injunctive remedy under the circumstances and no information as to the basis upon which the appellant union sought to have the decree below reversed.