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Former IBEW members’ suit against their local moves forward

Union could be on the hook for millions

Posted 4/5/24

A federal judge has given the go-ahead to a suit brought by three former members of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers against their former union, ruling on Sunday that one of the workers’ claims that the union had breached its duty of fair representation could proceed. 

U.S. District Judge Rachel Kovner found that the union’s distribution of funds from a settlement with Charter Communications raises “a sufficient inference of arbitrary, discriminatory or bad faith action to survive a motion to dismiss."

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