AT&T Layoff Suit By CWA Nixed By Arbitration Clause

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 5:59 PM EDT) -- A federal magistrate judge in Texas has recommended that a lawsuit brought by the Communication Workers of America AFL-CIO against AT&T seeking to halt the layoffs of 713 workers be tossed, citing an arbitration provision in an agreement between the groups.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew W. Austin, who was referred the case in March, issued the report and recommendation Tuesday. Judge Austin held that because the arbitration provision would clearly entail disputes such as the one brought by the union — alleging the layoffs violate the collective bargaining agreement between the parties — the courts have no jurisdiction to hear the...

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