The opinion of the court was delivered by: GOURLEY
This action, initially filed by plaintiff in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, was removed to this Court on January 28, 1972 and seeks to reverse a labor arbitration award and to obtain money damages. The immediate matters before the Court include a Motion for Summary Judgment submitted by defendant Motor Freight Express, Inc., and Motions to Dismiss filed by all other defendants.
There is no question that the effect of the Joint Area Committee's decision is the same as that made by an arbitrator. General Drivers Union v. Riss & Co., 372 U.S. 517, 83 S. Ct. 789, 9 L. Ed. 2d 918 (1963). The contract provides that the award of the Joint Committee is final and binding upon the parties. This in effect establishes a principle comparable to the principle of res judicata and bars further reconsideration on the merits. Local 616, International Union of Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers, AFL-CIO v. Byrd Plastics, Inc., 428 F.2d 23 (3rd Cir. 1970). It is equally clear that the judgment of this Court should not be substituted for that of the arbitrator, even when a different interpretation of the contract might be made. United Steelworkers v. Enterprise Wheel and Car Corp., 363 U.S. 593, 4 L. Ed. 2d 1424, 80 S. Ct. 1358 (1960). The function of the Court is an extremely limited one and there should be no review on the merits whatsoever. Ludwig Honold Mfg. Co. v. Fletcher, 405 F.2d 1123 (3d Cir. 1969); International Union of Dist. 50, U.M.W.A. v. James Julian, Inc., 341 F. Supp. 503 (M.D. Pa. 1972).
On the basis of the foregoing, the Court must conclude that the Motion of defendant Motor Freight Express, Inc. for summary judgment should be granted, and that the motions to Dismiss filed by all otherwise defendants herein should likewise be granted.
Findings of fact and conclusions of law have not been separately stated but are included in the body of the foregoing opinion as specifically authorized by Rule 52(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
An appropriate order is entered.
And Now, this 14th day of July, 1972, the Motions to Dismiss filed by defendants Western Pennsylvania Motor Carriers Association, General Teamsters, Chauffeurs & Helpers, Local Union No. 249, and Teamsters Joint Council No. 40, and the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by defendant Motor Freight Express, Inc. are hereby granted.
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