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Fraternal Order of Police Metro Transit Police Labor Committee, Inc. v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 14-1332

In this case involving a labor dispute between defendant Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and plaintiff Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the dispute arose after WMATA fired two of its police officers, reinstated them pursuant to arbitration awards, and then fired the officers a second time after the state of Maryland declined to rectify them as police officers. The district court granted FOP's motion for summary judgment and ordered WMATA to reinstate the two officers. The judgment of the district court is reversed, where: 1) WMATA did not violate the arbitration awards; and 2) this court lacks authority to determine whether the actions of WMATA breached the parties' collective bargaining agreement, as the officers' grievances belong before the Board of Arbitration, not a federal court.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 03/10/2015
  • Published 03/10/2015

Judges

  • Motz

Court

  • United States Fourth Circuit

Counsel