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Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen General Committee of Adjustment, Central Region

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-604 7th Cir. _ Oct 7, 2009
Dec 8, 2009 9-0 Ginsburg OT 2009

Holding: Federal law provides for the binding arbitration of labor disputes involving railroads. The Court had agreed to decide whether (i) a court may overturn an arbitration award on the ground that it was unconstitutional, and (ii) the arbitration ruling in this case was in fact unconstitutionally retroactive. But it did not rule on those issues because it concluded that the arbitration violated the relevant federal statute.

Judgment: Affirmed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on December 8, 2009.

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