Third Circuit Finds Publishing Company Waited Too Long to Challenge Arbitration Award Under Labor Management…

Under a collective bargaining agreement that ran from 2014 to 2017 between the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and PG Publishing, the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PG was required to cover a portion of increases to newsroom employees’ health care costs. PG stopped making the contributions after the agreement expired in 2017. After bringing their labor dispute before the NLRB, the parties pursued arbitration to decide whether the guild’s grievance was arbitrable, and if so, whether PG breached the agreement in declining to make the required contributions. In December 2019, the arbitrator found in favor of the guild and directed PG to cover the health care premium increases…

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