Memorandum Memorandum

MEMORANDUM 1

Memorandum

Memorandum

TO:Board of Directors

FROM:The Human Resource Director

DATE:March 8, 2015

SUBJECT:Recommendation on Commencement of Litigation Procedures

Thismemoexpressesmy sincerethoughtson theongoingdisputebetween thecompanyandtheInternational Brotherhood Electrical Workers, Local 960 in caseno.3: 11-ev-00080-FM. Thecasehas beenongoingforthelongestperiodnow.Theissuein disputeoriginatesfrom thelayingoff of Betty Sparks, whountil thenwasone of our productiveemployees.Shewasa registeredmemberof theaboveworkersunionthat is currently suingon her behalf.Thecomplainant assertsthatthecompanyactedin a mannerthat wasdiscriminatoryto her hence,andsheavers thather layoff wasunprocedural andviolatedtheArticles of Agreement. On thecompany`spart,wefeelthatwefolloweddueprocessin doingperformingthelayoff. Wealreadyhavea teamof highlytrainedandefficientadvocates representingour causeat theSupreme Court.

Theinitiallawsuitwhosedecisioncameout on July 15, 1982 endedin a defeatforus. Itdemandedthatwepaytheattorneyfeesandothercostsrelatedto thecaseto theplaintiff. In addition,thecompanywasrequiredreinstateMiss sparksbackto her positionin thecompany.Thejudgein his explanationfoundthatthe&quotcompanyhadviolatedtheArticles of Agreement with respectto theGrievant.&quot Thecompanywasrequiredto makethePlaintiff whole&quotfrom timeof thelayoff.&quot However,thecompanydeclinedto abideby theaward.Consequently,theunionthereuponfileda petitionto thedistrictcourtpursuantto section301 of theAct of confirmationof theawardwhich advocatedforthebackpay andreinstatement of Sparks in additionto a rationalattorney`fees.Thecompanyopposedthepetitionon thedecrying thattheawardwasnovalidsince itincludednon-arbitrable recall issue.On topof that,theuniondidnot winthecasethrough collectivebargain.Thecompanymadean appealfrom theawardof attorneyfees.Theunionhadshownvexatiousness, badfaith,oppressiveorwanton conductto supportthefeeaward.

Asthecompany`sHuman Resource Director, I deemitnecessaryto givean honestopinionin regardto theabovefacts.First,I would liketo giveanotherinstancesimilarto our currentpredicament.Accordingto theInternational Union of Petroleum andIndustrial Workers:

UndertheAmerican rule,absentcontractual orstatutoryauthorization,a prevailinglitigant ordinarilymay not collectattorneys`fees.Miller-WohlCo., Inc. v. Commissioner of Labor andIndustry, 694 F.2d 203, 204 (9th Cir.1982).However,a courtmay assessattorneys`fees&quotwhenthelosingpartyhas `actedin badfaith,vexatiously, wantonly, orforoppressivereasons`.&quotAlyeskaPipeline Service Co. v. Wilderness Society, 421 U.S. 240, 258-259, 95S.Ct. 1612, 1622, 44 L.Ed.2d 141 (1975) (law.justia.com).

Thisis a reviewof a court`sfindingof &quotbadfaith&quotas envisagedin theopenlyflawed standardin thearbitrationbetween DogherraandSafeway Stores, Inc. In casebadfaithis detected,an awardof attorneys`feesis within thedistrictcourt`sprerogative.In thislegalbattle,thedistrictcourtestablishedthat&quotthecompany,devoidof a goodreason,snubbedto standby thedecisionof Judge Clyde W. Yandell, on July 15, 1982.&quot Asa result,theCourt directedthecompanyto compensatea figureof $2,406.25 as legalrepresentativecostto theunion.

Therefore,itis criticalthatthecompanydesistsfrom takingfurtherstepsin thecase.Itisclearlyputin lawthat partiesinvolvedin an arbitrationprocess(theGrievant andthedefendant)abideby thefinaldecisionof thecourt.Inanyevent,I agreewith otherquarterswhich havetackledthisdebacleandconcludethatan unwarrantedrebuttalto abideby an arbitrator`sawardmay likenan acttakenin badfaith,vexatiously orforoppressivereasons.Wewould not likeour companyto standin such a predicament.Itis not wiseto seeklitigationin our currentsituation.In my view,wehavealreadylosta caseandits appeal,anditis prudentto findotherout-of –courtsettlementsto completelyputthisdisputeto rest.Furtherlegalprocesseswill onlycostthecompanyextrafinancialcommitmentsthat are not healthy.

Asan ardentemployeeof thecompany,I beseechthisboardto abandonfurtherlegalactionforthestabilityof theorganization.

References

InternationalUnion of Petroleum and Industrial Workers …(n.d.). Retrieved from http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/707/425/229462/