C. William Burke, John L. Connolly, Howard C. Dennis,alexander Rados, William Schmidt, Jerald B. Laird, John C.maxwell, Joseph H. Seymour, Richard L. Corbit, Haroldedwards, Donald E. Mier, William C. Waggoner, Richard Cannonand Alan Roberts, Each in His Respective Capacity As Trusteeof the Operating Engineers Health & Welfare Fund, John L.connolly, C. v. Holder, Howard C. Dennis, John C. Maxwell,james J. Kirst, C. William Burke, Kenneth J. Bourguignon,joseph H. Seymour, Richard L. Corbit, Harold Edwards, Donalde. Mier, William C. Waggoner, Richard Cannon and Jerrytrent, Each in His Respective Capacity As Trustee of Theoperating Engineers Pension Trust, Howard C. Dennis, C.william Burke, Alexander Rados, C. I. T. Johnson, James J.kirst, Jerald B. Laird, Joseph H. Seymour, Richard L.corbit, Harold Edwards, Donald E. Mier, William C. Waggonerand Richard Cannon, Each in His Respective Capacity Astrustee of the Operating Engineers Vacation-holiday Savingstrust, Alexander Rados, William Schmidt, Howard C. Dennis,robert R. Moodie, C. I. T. Johnson, Charles J. Rounds, Jr.,joseph H. Seymour, Richard L. Corbit, Donald E. Mier, Jerrytrent, Alan Roberts and Harold Edwards, Each in Hisrespective Capacity As Trustee of the Operating Engineersjourneyman and Apprentice Training Trust, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. James E. Lenihan, an Individual, Defendant-appellee.james E. Lenihan, an Individual, Defendant-cross-appellant, v. C. William Burke et al., Plaintiffs-cross-appellees, 606 F.2d 840 (9th Cir. 1979)

Annotate this Case
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 606 F.2d 840 (9th Cir. 1979) Aug. 2, 1979

Julian G. Macias, Jr., Sacramento, Cal., for defendant-appellee.

Donald H. Heller, Sacramento, Cal., for plaintiffs-appellants.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Before TRASK and HUG, Circuit Judges, and BOHANON,*  District Judge.

TRASK, Judge.

This case presents the same legal problem that was considered by a different panel of this court in the case of Waggoner v. C & D Pipeline Co., 601 F.2d 456 (9th Cir. 1979). In Waggoner the question on appeal was "whether the agreement requires contributions for all hours worked by employees who perform any covered work or only for the hours actually worked in covered employment." Waggoner v. C & D Pipeline Co. (At 457). We held there that the collective bargaining agreement required contributions for all hours worked by or paid to employees who perform any work covered by the Master Labor Agreement.

As appears in Waggoner, the ambiguity, if one indeed existed, was resolved by a reference of the problem to the Labor Management Adjustment Board, a group created expressly for the purpose of settling disputes over the interpretation of the Master Labor Agreement. It seems clear that the interpretation of the contract with which we deal here was also settled by the Labor Management Adjustment Board.

In the present case, Burke v. Lenihan, the trustees of several Operating Engineers Trust Funds sued an employer for allegedly breaching a provision of the collective bargaining agreement. One of the employer's workers served as an operating engineer part of the time, and as a laborer the rest of the time. The trustees argued that the agreement required the employer to make contributions to the trust fund based on the total number of hours the employee was paid for, regardless of the type of work he performed. The employer took the position that he was obliged to contribute only for the time the employee actually spent performing operating engineer tasks. The district judge granted summary judgment in favor of the employer. Because we find that the decision in Waggoner, supra, is controlling here, the judgment is



Honorable Luther L. Bohanon, United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, sitting by designation