Pa. Turnpike Must Use Teamsters For Mowing, Court Says

Law360, Philadelphia (March 7, 2014, 2:47 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday affirmed an arbitrator’s ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had violated a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters by hiring a subcontractor to cut grass, but it overturned a punitive damages award.

The en banc panel of the appeals court upheld the arbitrator’s imposition of a cease-and-desist order stopping the commission from hiring subcontractors, but it concluded that the damages were impermissible as no union members had lost any actual wages.

“Because ‘under this set of facts, the [a]ward was not to make the members whole for lost wages, but to punish the [commission’s] behavior,’...

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