Bloomberg Law
Aug. 26, 2022, 8:38 PM

Labor Board Botched West Coast Port Feud Ruling, D.C. Cir. Says

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

A federal appeals court in Washington threw out an NLRB decision against an Oakland, Calif., port operator for recognizing one union to represent its mechanics instead of another, finding that the board ignored its precedents and a multi-employer labor contract.

The National Labor Relations Board didn’t support its conclusions that Everport Terminal Inc. unlawfully rejected an International Association of Machinists local in favor of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Friday.

The decision highlights the complex web of contractual obligations and legal duties that have governed labor-management relations at ...