Sysco says CBA exempts pension issues from arbitration

By Emily Brill (May 23, 2022, 3:38 p.m. EDT) – The Indianapolis unit of wholesale food distributor Sysco Corp. asked a federal judge in Indiana to declare that his contract with a local Teamsters does not require pension disputes to go to arbitration, arguing that he qualifies for such a declaration under of the precedent of the seventh circuit.

In a brief filed Friday, Sysco Indianapolis LLC drew the attention of U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon to the 1987 Seventh Circuit decision in Printing Specialists & Paper Products Local 680 v. Nabisco. This decision established that companies are exempt from the obligation to submit pension disputes to arbitration if they can demonstrate that their collective agreement,…

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