297 F2d 608 Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

297 F.2d 608


No. 14486.

United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit.

Dec. 18, 1961.

John P. Sandidge, Louisville, Ky. (Woodward Hobson, & Fulton, Louisville, Ky., H. G. Breetz, M. D. Jones, Louisville, Ky., on the brief), for plaintiff-appellee.

Charles I. Dawson, Louisville, Ky. (Edwin F. Schaeffer, Jr., Bullitt, Dawson & Tarrant, Louisville, Ky., Harold C. Heiss, Russell B. Day, Harold N. McLaughlin, Cleveland, Ohio, V. C. Schuttleworth, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wayland K. Sullivan, Cleveland, Ohio, on the brief), for defendants-appellants.

Before MARTIN and CECIL, Circuit Judges, and DARR, District Judge.


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This is an appeal by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the other three Railroad Brotherhoods, and certain individuals, from an injunction against the Brotherhoods, enjoining them from carrying out the threat of a strike against the carrier, solely because of the carrier's refusal to comply with an order of the National Railroad Adjustment Board to enforce a money award in favor of a railroad employee. In its award, the Adjustment Board stated as to the award: 'Claim sustained with pay for time lost as the rule is construed on the property.' The dispute between the Brotherhoods and the Railroad was as to whether or not the employee was entitled to his wages lost while he was laid off by the carrier without deducting his outside earnings during such period.


When the carrier applied to the Board for an interpretation of its decision, the Board was evenly divided, necessitating the decision of an appointed Referee to break the deadlock. The decision of the Referee adopted the contention advanced by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, as follows: 'The above numbered award sustained a claim for reinstatement of claimant to service with pay for time lost as the rule is construed on the property.


'In its request for interpretation carrier asserts that a dispute exists between the parties as to the proper application of the award in that carrier asserts and the organization denies that outside earnings during the period held out of service should be deducted in computing pay for time lost. Wherefore carrier seeks to have the Division determine that dispute as an interpretation of its award.


'Facts and supporting data as to that issue were not included in the docket on which Award 18720 was predicated, the issue here raised was not submitted to the Division for determination, and we may not determine a new issue in the guise of an interpretation of the issue formerly decided. See Award 17500 and 'interpretation' thereof.'


The carrier ultimately felt forced to file an injunction suit against a strike by the Brotherehoods over this controversial issue.


We find no merit in appellants' argument that the record reveals that appellee comes into court with unclean hands. Moreover, the dispute between the laid-off fireman, Humphries, and his Brotherhood on the one hand, and the Railroad on the other, involving his claim, is a 'minor dispute.' In such instance, we think the United States Courts have jurisdiction and power to issue necessary injunctive orders to vindicate the processes of the Railway Labor Act, 45 U.S.C.A. 151 et seq. See Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen v. Chicago River & I.R. Co., 353 U.S. 30, 77 S.Ct. 635, 1 L.Ed.2d 622.


District Judge Brooks filed comprehensive findings of fact, all supported by substantial evidence and not clearly erroneous, and well-reasoned conclusions of law, in which this court concurs.

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Accordingly, the judgment of the United States District Court is affirmed.