KEITH SAUNDERS v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY; JEFF MARZIAN; KAREN MORRISON - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Jan 22, 2018

Court: 6th Circuit Court (Published Opinions)

Attorneys 1:

ARGUED: Brian G. Abell, ADAMS HAWYARD & WELSH, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellant. Jessica V. Currie, BUSH, SEYFERTH & PAIGE, PLLC, Troy, Michigan, for Appellees.

Attorneys 2:

ON BRIEF: Brian G. Abell, ADAMS HAWYARD & WELSH, Louisville, Kentucky, for Appellant. Jessica V. Currie, Stephanie A. Douglas, BUSH, SEYFERTH & PAIGE, PLLC, Troy, Michigan, for Appellees.

Judge(s): GILMAN, SUTTON, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges

Court Appealed: Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville.

RONALD LEE GILMAN, Circuit Judge. This case involves claims by Keith Saunders against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on temporary leave—known as no-work-available (NWA) status—and that his local union breached its duty of fair representation by failing to fully pursue his grievances. He also alleges that Ford retaliated against him by placing him on NWA status not long after he reopened a workers’ compensation claim against the company.

The district court granted Ford’s motion for summary judgment on all of Saunders’s claims. For the reasons set forth below, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.