United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Retiree health benefits – Interpretation of arbitration clauses
Local Union 97, Int’l Bd. Of Elec. Workers, AFL-CI v. Niagara Mohawk
Judges Leval, Chin, and Lee
Background: The defendants appealed from the grant of the plaintiff’s motion to compel arbitration and to deny summary judgment to the defendants. The plaintiffs filed a grievance objecting to the defendant’s refusal to provide health insurance benefits to retired employees, as purportedly required under the collective bargaining agreement in force at the time the grievance was filed.
Ruling: The Second Circuit affirmed. The court held that the collective bargaining agreement covers the issue of the medical insurance benefits.
Brian J. LaClair for the plaintiff-appellant; Robert A. LaBerge for the defendant-appellant.