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Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers Local 391 v. Terry
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The McLean Trucking Company and the Petitioners were parties to a collective bargaining agreement that governed the conditions of employment at McLean’s terminals. The 27 Respondents were unionized workers employed as truck drivers at McLean. Respondents claimed a violation in their seniority rights and filed a grievance with the Union, which in turn, declined to refer the issues to a grievance committee because prior proceedings had determined these issues. The Respondents filed suit in the District Court against the Union for violation of the duty of fair representation and sought compensatory damages for lost wages and health benefits. They requested a jury trial and were granted one by the District Court whose decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.
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