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MACK MANUFACTURING CORPORATION v. INTERNATIONAL UNION (06/27/51)

June 27, 1951

MACK MANUFACTURING CORPORATION, APPELLANT,
v.
INTERNATIONAL UNION, UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AIRCRAFT AND AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA



Appeal, No. 111, Jan. T., 1951, from judgment of Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Jan. T., 1949, No. 12, in case of Mack Manufacturing Corporation v. International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, etc. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

O. J. Tallman, with him Tallman & Walker, for appellant.

George H. Sacks, for appellees.

Before Stern, Stearne, Jones, Bell, Ladner and Chidsey, JJ.

Author: Ladner

[ 368 Pa. Page 38]

OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE LADNER

This is an appeal from the decree of the court below dismissing plaintiff's bill in equity.

Plaintiff filed a bill against the defendant union, certain of its officers, the American Arbitration Association and L. G. Lichliter, Arbitrator, praying for an injunction against the defendants restraining them from proceeding with an arbitration hearing.

The facts material to this appeal, as taken from the chancellor's findings and adjudication are as follows: The plaintiff is a Delaware Corporation having a factory in Allentown, Pa. and on March 20, 1947, entered into an agreement covering the conduct of labor relations with the defendant union. The other defendants are the president and shop chairman of the union, the American Arbitration Society which is the designated means of supplying arbitrators as provided in the arbitration clause of the aforementioned agreement, and the arbitrator to whom the dispute hereinafter mentioned was referred.

On August 10, 1948, and for some days later (21 to 22 days), because of lack of orders, the company was compelled to lay off between 800 and 1088 employees. On August 24, 1948, defendant shop chairman filed a grievance, No. A-575, reading as follows: "Due to the fact that the Company has laid off employees out of line of seniority the Union demands that the Company compensate all these employees for all wages lost until such time as these employees are reinstated on their jobs in line with their seniority. This is a violation of the agreement between the Company and the Union."

[ 368 Pa. Page 39]

This grievance was denied on August 31, 1948, because no list of employees claiming to be aggrieved was submitted with the "Grievance."

There then followed what appears to use to have been an unwarranted jockeying over the question whether the plaintiff, having all the information in its own records, was justified in demanding from the Union a list which it obviously could readily have complied itself from its own records. However, the company officials insisted on such a list being furnished and the Union officials just as insistently refused to supply it, although it may be said the large number of lay-offs, 800 to 1088 employees, probably made it impractical for the Union to do more than request the company to permit it to compile such a list from the company's own records. However that may be, the Union on February 23, 1949, served the plaintiff with a demand for arbitration pursuant to Sec. 11 of Article 7, which reads: "Section 11. In the event any dispute shall not have been settled by the foregoing grievance procedure and the Union desires to submit the grievance to arbitration, it shall, within sixty (60) days from the date of the final decision under the grievance procedure, give written notice to the Factory Manager of its intention to refer the grievance for decision by an arbitrator. Upon the giving of such ...


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