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Abstract

In an attempt to ease the burden placed on employees by the sudden, unannounced closing of their workplaces, several states' and cities throughout the United States have passed "plant closing statutes." The Federal government's Taft-Hartley Act requires that a company give a union reasonable notice of a decision to close in order that meaningful bargaining may be undertaken. This Note examines the general application of the preemption doctrine especially in the labor relations field and then applies the doctrine, specifically, to plant closing statutes. The Note then examines the invalidity of state and local statutes in light of the doctrine and concludes with a discussion of the status of federal legislation on the notice issue.

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