Union Pacific Didn't Derail 1952 Union Deal, 7th Circ. Says

Law360, Los Angeles (June 21, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Friday denied a claim by Union Pacific Railroad Co. workers that an arbitrator didn't properly interpret the terms of a 60-year-old union agreement in determining that it doesn't allow the workers to take unpaid leave for up to 30 straight days.

The appellate court said the arbitrator properly considered "the words, phrases and grammar" of the 1952 agreement when he decided that it didn't allow engineers to be absent without explanation. The union had argued that a new policy established by the...
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