Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division/IBT v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co.

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Railway Labor Act
Case Number: 
No. 12-3415
Decision Date: 
March 11, 2014
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
Dist. Ct. did not err in dismissing plaintiff-union’s action seeking permanent injunction to ban defendant-railroad’s use of accident reconstruction reports in employee disciplinary investigations in absence of certain pre-hearing procedures. Dist. Ct. lacked jurisdiction to consider said lawsuit since defendant met its burden of showing that use of said reports was justified by contractual right, which, in turn, essentially made instant lawsuit “minor dispute” under Railway Labor Act that required plaintiff to seek relief from RLA Adjustment Bd.