Judge OKs Arbitrator's Block Of Testimony Redo In CBA Fight

By Kevin Stawicki (March 25, 2021, 8:32 PM EDT) -- An arbitrator did not mishandle a labor dispute when he refused to let a New Jersey contractor reopen the record so witnesses could update prior testimony, a federal judge has ruled, enforcing a union's win in a hiring dispute.

U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton on Wednesday granted a bid by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 to uphold an arbitration award in a hiring dispute with Utility Systems Inc., shutting down claims by the contractor that the arbitrator improperly refused to let it present witnesses after the arbitration proceedings had concluded.

Just after arbitration proceedings wrapped up in 2019...

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