International Union v. Faye, No. 15-7084 (D.C. Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), 29 U.S.C. 501(b), sets out fiduciary duties that officers and other agents of unions owe the union that employs them. At issue is whether section 501 provides a union with a federal cause of action against its agent for breach of a fiduciary duty owed to the union. Weaver v. United Mine Workers of America holds, at least, that where union members have properly sued under section 501, the union itself may take control of the suit and displace the union members. Because the Union’s section 501 claim is properly before the district court, supplemental jurisdiction exists for the Union’s state law claims. Accordingly, the court reversed the district court's order dismissing the Union's claims under section 501 and state law for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.