1685 Fisher et al. v. International President
Case No: 1685
Although its terms were presented to the membership as a grievance settlement, the agreement negotiated for the company’s active employees was simply a plant closing agreement. The membership’s vote to accept this agreement was largely a formality. This was not a grievance arising out of the employer’s contractual obligations to appellants, but an arrangement negotiated by the parties to assist those members who became unemployed as a result of the company’s decision to close their plant. Appellants did not need a bridge to support them until they could find other employment; they had already found other employment. Under the circumstances, it was not irrational for the union to restrict the distribution of limited settlement dollars to active employees.
Issues addressed in this decisionPlant closures and placement
Processing of appeals
Processing of grievances
Rational basis test