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7th Circ. Affirms ERISA Win For UPS Retirees

Law360 (February 11, 2010, 2:46 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling barring the United Parcel Service of America Inc. from hiking health care coverage contributions from union-member participants in its retiree health plan.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said a collective bargaining agreement between UPS and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 705 clearly prohibits the shipping giant from raising contribution requirements unless the fees are spread among all IBT member groups.

The opinion pointed to plain language in the...
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