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Teamsters Local Union No. 783 v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 09-6065

Union's suit against Anheuser-Busch to compel arbitration over pension rights and benefits

Teamsters Local Union No. 783 v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 09-6065, concerned a union's suit against Anheuser-Busch seeking to compel arbitration over Section 11 of the collective bargaining agreement and its effect on pension rights and benefits.

In affirming the district court's judgment granting summary judgment in favor of Anheuer-Busch, the court first held that, because all of the communications at issue seek additional information, and none indicate a position that Anheuser-Busch believed negotiation or settlement was not feasible, the union's claim is not barred by the statute of limitations.  The court then held that a grievance for rights under the Pension Plan rights and benefits is explicitly excluded from arbitration.

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