Appeal from the Orders of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, in cases of In Re: Claim of Richard D. Babicka, No. B-234863, and claim of Charles H. Munshaw, Jr., No. B-234862.
Robert A. Krebs, with him, Theodore Goldberg, Henderson & Goldberg, P.C., for petitioners.
Henry J. Wallace, Jr., with him, David J. McAllister, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, for intervenor, Equitable Gas Company.
No appearance for respondent.
President Judge Crumlish, Jr., Judge Colins, and Senior Judge Barbieri, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by President Judge Crumlish, Jr.
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Richard D. Babicka and Charles H. Munshaw, token claimants representing the employees of the Equitable Gas Company (Equitable), appeal Unemployment Compensation Board of Review orders upholding referee decisions denying them benefits because their unemployment resulted from a stoppage of work due to a labor dispute. Section 402(d) of the Unemployment Compensation Law.*fn1 We affirm.
Babicka and Munshaw are members of the United Steelworkers of America, Local No. 12050, which engaged in a strike against Equitable from February 8 through August 10, 1983. During this time Equitable was able to continue its plant operations without interruption.
Because the claimants, who have the burden of proving that their unemployment resulted from a lockout, did not prevail below, our scope of review is limited to determining whether the finding of facts are consistent with each other and with the conclusions of law and can be sustained without a capricious disregard of competent evidence. Nawrocki v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 97 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 121, 508 A.2d 1311 (1986).
Babicka and Munshaw contend that the Board erred in denying them benefits under Section 402(d), arguing
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that there was no stoppage of work because Equitable never ceased operations during the strike. We disagree.
This Court has previously held that the term "stoppage of work" in Section 402(d) means any cessation of work by an employee, regardless of whether continuing work is available from the employer. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review v. Tickle, 19 Pa. ...