LA Contractor Can't Force Arbitration: Calif. Court

By Melissa Lipman (May 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California appeals court has ruled that an agreement between a Los Angeles school district and a number of trade unions governing labor policies for the district's effort to improve its facilities does not require workers who have accused the contractors of failing to pay the prevailing wage rate to arbitrate their claims.

On Thursday, the Second Appellate District for the Court of Appeal of the State of California affirmed a trial court's order denying a petition from contractor Axxis Network & Telecommunications Inc. to compel arbitration with three employees who filed the proposed class action.

The appeals court found that...

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