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August 18, 2014 Practice Points

Seventh Circuit Reaffirms Courts' Limited Review of Arbitration Awards

By Christopher S. Moore

In United Steel Workers International Union v. PPG Industries, Inc., 751 F.3d 580 (7th Cir. 2014), the Seventh Circuit affirmed the trial court’s refusal to alter an arbitration award that interpreted a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

In United Steel, unions representing workers in a manufacturing facility (collectively, the “union”) claimed that the employer, PPG Industries, failed to provide adequate notice of its proposed wage cuts. Before ending up in federal court, the parties submitted their dispute to arbitration.

Keywords: litigation, ADR, collective bargaining, labor management relations act, unenforceable, clarification, arbitration award

Christopher S. Moore is with Novack and Macey LLP in Chicago, Illinois.

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