The Labor-Bankruptcy Conflict: Rejection of a Debtor’s Collective Bargaining Agreement

This Note examines the courts’ accommodation of the labor and bankruptcy policies when a debtor in possession or trustee seeks to reject a collective bargaining agreement. Part I criticizes a series of recent cases that failed to confront the statutory conflict. If these courts had recognized the conflict between the language of the Bankruptcy Act (now the Code) and the Labor Act, they would have been forced to consider whether the labor and bankruptcy policies actually clashed. Part II finds that in most instances they do not, and argues that requiring the debtor in possession to bargain with the union before approving rejection of a collective bargaining agreement will better satisfy the policies that underlie both statutes.