August 31, 2010
On June 24, 2010, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Granite Rock Co. v. Teamsters. The questions in this care were the following: 1) whether the parties' dispute over the ratification date of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that provided for arbitration of certain matters was a matter for the District Court or an arbitrator to resolve; and 2) whether there is a federal common law cause of action under §301(a) of the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 (LMRA), 61 Stat.156, 29 U. S. C. §185(a), for the international union's alleged tortious interference with the CBA.
In a decision delivered by Justice Thomas, the Court held that: 1) the parties' dispute over the CBA's ratification date was a matter for the District Court, not an arbitrator, to resolve; and 2) the Ninth Circuit rightly declined to recognize a new federal common-law cause of action under LMRA §301(a) for IBT's alleged tortious interference with the CBA.
To discuss the case, we have Matthew R. Estabrook, who practiced labor and employment law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.