Unpublished Dispositioninternational Union, United Automobile, Aerospace Andagricultural Implement Workers of America (uaw)and Its Local 449, Petitioners, Cross-respondents, v. National Labor Relations Board, Respondent, Cross-petitioner, 870 F.2d 657 (6th Cir. 1989)

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US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 870 F.2d 657 (6th Cir. 1989)

Feb. 10, 1989


Before RYAN and ALAN E. NORRIS, Circuit Judges, LIVELY, Senior Circuit Judge.* 


JUDGMENT

THIS CAUSE came on to be heard upon a petition filed by International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) and its Local 449 to review an order of the National Labor Relations Board issued against said Petitioners, their officers, agents, and representatives, on March 5, 1987, as amended by supplemental order of September 25, 1987, and upon a cross-application filed by the National Labor Relations Board to enforce said order, as amended. The Court heard argument of respective counsel on August 25, 1988, and has considered the briefs and transcript of record filed in this cause. On January 19, 1989, the Court, being fully advised of the premises, handed down its opinion granting in part and denying in part enforcement of the Board's Order, as amended. In conformity therewith, it is hereby

ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by the Court that the Petitioners, International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) and its Local 449, their officers, agents, and representatives, shall:

(a) Maintaining in their governing documents Article 6, Section 17, of the Constitution of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW).

(b) Interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (hereinafter called the Act), by refusing to acknowledge or accept their effective resignation from membership in Local 449 and the International.

(c) In any like or related manner interfering with, restraining, coercing employees in the exercise of rights guaranteed them by Section 7 of the Act.

2. Take the following affirmative action which the Board has found necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Act:

(a) Expunge from the Constitution of the International Union and any other of the governing documents of Local 449 and/or the International in which it may appear, Article 6, Section 17, of the Constitution of the International Union, except insofar as it requires that resignations be in writing and sent to a designated officer of the local union.1 

(b) Acknowledge and approve the resignations from membership received from the employees found in the Administrative Law Judge's Decision to have tendered such resignations, and give each of said employees written notification of said acknowledgement and approval.

(c) Post at their offices and meeting halls in Rockford, Illinois, copies of the attached notice marked "Appendix." Copies of said notice, on forms provided by the Regional Director for Region 33 of the National Labor Relations Board (Peoria, Illinois), after being duly signed by each Petitioners' authorized representative, shall be posted by them immediately upon receipt thereof, and be maintained by them for 60 consecutive days thereafter, in conspicuous places, including all places where notices to members are customarily posted. Reasonable steps shall be taken by Petitioners to insure that said notices are not altered, defaced, or covered by any other material.

(d) Deliver to the aforesaid Regional Director signed copies of said notice in sufficient number to be posted by the employer involved herein, if willing.

(e) Notify the said Regional Director, in writing, within 20 days from the date of this Judgment, what steps the Petitioners have taken to comply herewith.

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

The undersigned hereby certifies that one copy of the Board's proposed judgment in the above-captioned case has this day been served by first class mail upon the following counsel at the addresses listed below:

Michael B. Nicholson, Esq.

UAW International Union

Solidarity House

8000 E. Jefferson Ave.

Detroit, MI 48214

Ann C. Hodges, Esq.

Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle

7 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 1734

Chicago, IL 60603

/s/Aileen A. Armstrong

Deputy Associate General Counsel

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

Dated at Washington, D.C. this 30th day of January, 1989.

APPENDIX

NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES AND MEMBERS

POSTED PURSUANT TO A JUDGMENT OF THE UNITED STATES COURT OF

APPEALS ENFORCING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART AN

ORDER, AS AMENDED, OF THE NATIONAL LABOR

RELATIONS BO.

AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

WE WILL NOT restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed them in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining in our governing documents Article 6, Section 17 of the Constitution of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW, which reads as follows:

Section 17. A member may resign or terminate membership only if s/he is in good standing, is not in arrears or delinquent in the payment of any dues or other financial obligation to the International Union or to her/his Local Union and there are no charges filed and pending against her/him. Such resignation or termination shall be effective only if by written communication, signed by the member and sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the Financial Secretary of the Local Union within the ten (10) day period prior to the end of the fiscal year of the Local Union as fixed by this Constitution, whereupon it shall become effective sixty (60) days after the end of such fiscal year; provided, that if the employer of such member has been authorized either by such member individually or by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the employer and the Union to check off the membership dues of such member, then such resignation shall become effective upon the effective termination of such authorization, or upon the expiration of such sixty (60) day period, whichever is later.

WE WILL NOT refuse to acknowledge or grant resignations from union membership tendered to us in writing.

WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner restrain or coerce you in the exercise of the rights guaranteed you by Section 7 of the Act.

WE WILL expunge from our governing documents Article 6, Section 12 of the Constitution of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW, except insofar as it requires that the resignations be in writing and sent to a designated official of the local union.

WE WILL acknowledge and grant membership resignation requests tendered to us in writing. The resignation requests previously tendered to us in 1983 by the employees named below are hereby acknowledged and granted:

AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Joe Avendano

Robert Bartell

Roger Bougord

Teri Casas

Julie Cholak

Gerald Cole

Dan Cooper

Harold Cooper

Darrell Danekas

Roy Davis

Mary Ferdon

Leonard Forsell

Larry Gulley

Billy Haggard

Koran Haggard

Gary Hare

Larry Hare

Dave Hawkins

Sheila Hoffman

Patrick Horkheimer

Virginia Hunt

Andrew Larson

Jauntia Lawrence

Larry Lewis

Wesley Kleasner

John Marks

Wanda McClard

Ron Olthoff

Brenda Parham

Shirley Phillips

Larry Shimmins

Don Siemens

Curtis Smith

Don Smith

Pat Smith

Rudy Sobirai

Perry Wilhite

Jody Wills

Charles Woodard

Juanita Woods

LaVerne Melvin

LOCAL 449, UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AEROSPACE & AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA (UAW)

Dated ________

By (Representative)

(Title)

INTERNATIONAL UNION, UNITED AUTOMOBILE, AEROSPACE & AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENT WORKERS OF AMERICA (UAW)

Dated ________

By (Representative)

(Title)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NOTICE AND MUST NOT BE DEFACED BY ANYONE

This notice must remain posted for 60 consecutive days from the date of posting and must not be altered, defaced, or covered by any other material. Any questions concerning this notice or compliance with its provisions may be directed to the Board's Office.

Savings Center Tower, 16th Floor, 411 Hamilton Boulevard, Peoria, Illinois 61602. Telephone No. (309) 671-7068.

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The Honorable Pierce Lively became Senior Circuit Judge January 1, 1989

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The expunction remedy in this case does not preclude UAW local unions located in Canada and serving Canadian nationals and industries, and over which the Board has no jurisdiction, from maintaining Article 6, Section 17 in their local governing documents