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Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Plaintiff - Appellee
vs.
Allied Sales Drivers Ambulance Beer Brewery Grain Elevator Retail Liquor Livery Malt House Spring Water Soft Drinks Taxi Cab Vending Drivers Helpers Inside Employees and General Workers Union Local 792 Defendant -Appellant.


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Issues:
Union issues, collective bargaining, arbitration, policy and procedure.
 
Case Summary:
A union representing drivers at a Coca Cola facility appeal a lower court's decision to vacate an arbitrator's ruling. Officials at Coca Cola dismissed William Thoreson for repeated tardiness and for violating established company policy by not telephoning supervisors to notify them of his absence. The union representing Thoreson argued that he should be reinstated because an existing collective bargaining agreement stated union members with seniority could be dismissed only for just cause. The union submitted the dispute for arbitration. An arbitrator ruled that Thoreson should be reinstated without back pay. The company challenged the arbitrator's ruling.
 
Decision of lower jurisdiction:
The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota vacated the arbitrator's ruling. The district court ruled that Coca Cola management acted in accordance with contract provisions which allowed management to exercise disciplinary action. The union now appeals.
 
Outcome:
The Union wins. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed the decision of the district court and ordered enforcement of the arbitrator's ruling.