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AT&T Dispute Over Which Workers Are in Union Must Be Arbitrated

Aug. 3, 2021, 5:57 PM

AT&T Inc. must have an arbitrator determine whether a dispute with the Communications Workers of America about the scope of the bargaining unit, which arose after it acquired Time Warner, is subject to arbitration, a federal appeals court said.

The company and the union delegated threshold arbitrability issues to an arbitrator, depriving courts of jurisdiction to decide that question, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Tuesday.

A 2017 agreement between AT&T and the union requires the parties to arbitrate disputes over “the description of an appropriate unit for bargaining” and the definition of “non-management” ...

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