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Structural Steel and Ornamental Iron Association of New Jersey Inc. v. Shopmen's Local Union No. 545 of International Association of Bridge

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT


May 3, 1973

STRUCTURAL STEEL AND ORNAMENTAL IRON ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY, INC.
v.
SHOPMEN'S LOCAL UNION NO. 545 OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL AND ORNAMENTAL IRON WORKERS AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOPMEN'S LOCAL UNION NO. 545 OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL AND ORNAMENTAL IRON WORKERS, APPELLANT

APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY (D.C. Civil Action No. 17-72)

Before ROSENN, HUNTER, Circuit Judges, and BECHTLE, District Judge

Opinion OF THE COURT

Per Curiam:

The pivotal issue presented in this appeal is whether the district court exceeded the proper scope of judicial review of a labor arbitration award in vacating that part of an arbitrator's opinion and award which precluded and prohibited the appellee from applying to the Pay Board and prosecuting a wage challenge under Pay Board Regulation § 201.14, 6 C.F.R. § 201.14. Appellant does not argue for reversal on the ground that the district court misinterpreted § 201.14, but instead it contends that Judge Garth had no authority to interfere with the arbitrator's decision with respect to how this regulation affected the collective bargaining agreement. We disagree. Since the district court determined that the Pay Board regulations, including without limitation § 201.14 thereof, created a Federal right in appellee to secure a review of its existing contract by the Pay Board, and since the district court also found that appellee could exercise this right irrespective of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement, we believe that the district court could properly conclude that the arbitrator in this case should not have denied appellee access to the Pay Board. See 9 U.S.C. § 10(d)*fn1 and San Martine Compania De Navegacion S.A. v. Saguenay Terminals Ltd., 293 F.2d 796 (9th Cir. 1961). We emphasize that our holding is limited to the finding that, in view of the district court's interpretation of the Pay Board regulations, it had the power to vacate that part of the arbitrator's decision which ordered appellee not to prosecute a wage challenge before the Pay Board.

The United States, which was joined as a party in the district court on the motion of plaintiff-appellee, contends that the Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals has exclusive jurisdiction over this appeal under § 211 of the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970, 85 Stat. 743 (1971).*fn2 However, as we have already noted, appellant does not ask this court to consider the district court adjudication on its merits but only raises "a single issue, namely, the proper scope of judicial review of a labor arbitration award."*fn3 Consequently, since we are not called upon to construe the Economic Stabilization Act of 1970 or any regulation promulgated thereunder, it is clear that we do have jurisdiction to decide this appeal.

The judgment of the district court will be affirmed.


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