Alcatel-Lucent Needn't Arbitrate Union Claims: Judge

Law360, New York (March 11, 2011, 7:47 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday that Lucent Technologies Inc.’s unionized workforce cannot force Lucent or parent company Alcatel-Lucent Holdings Inc. to arbitrate claims that Alcatel subsidiaries are farming out installation work to subcontractors.

Judge Dennis Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey dealt a blow to the union, holding that the collective bargaining agreement it signed with Lucent, since acquired by Alcatel, does not hold sway over employment practices of the Alcatel entities and therefore offers the union no...
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