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D.C. Circuit Mulls Inter-Union ‘Trump’ Fray at Long Beach Port

Jan. 22, 2020, 9:47 PM

The D.C. Circuit signaled that a shipping terminal operator’s suspension of a union worker under a different union’s rules was a labor law violation rather than a mere contractual issue that doesn’t merit National Labor Relations Board intervention.

An attorney arguing Wednesday for Long Beach Container Terminal and its bargaining representative, Pacific Maritime Association, said the NLRB wrongly “injected itself” into a disagreement over which union’s collective bargaining agreement should have governed allegations that one worker harassed another.

But a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asked questions during oral argument about...

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