In an action to overturn an arbitral award in a dispute over which union was entitled to perform certain work at a U.S. Postal Service facility, summary judgment for defendant is affirmed where, in light of the deference courts must afford to a labor arbitrator's contract interpretation (including an arbitrator's decision on arbitrability where, as here, the parties agreed to present that issue to the arbitrator) the court was required to uphold the arbitrator's decision in this case.
Argued September 22, 2009
Decided December 18, 2009
Opinion by Judge Kavanaugh
Dissent by Judge Sentelle
Ray E. Donahue, R. Craig Lawrence, Claire M. Whitaker, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Washington, DC