7th Circ. Says LMRA Bars Titan Tire From Paying Union Reps

Law360, Los Angeles (November 1, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT) -- In a precedential ruling, the Seventh Circuit said Friday that Titan Tire Corp. is not obligated to pay the full-time salaries of the president and benefit representative for the union that represents employees at Titan's Illinois tire plant, finding that such payments violate the Labor Management Relations Act.

A three-judge panel overturned U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala's decision ordering Titan to abide by an arbitrator's ruling and resume paying the union president's and benefit representative's full-time salaries, saying the payments don't fall under an exception to the LMRA's prohibition on companies paying money to union representatives....
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