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12/04/81 Building Material and Dump v. National Labor

December 4, 1981

BUILDING MATERIAL AND DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS, TEAMSTERS LOCAL

v.

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, RESPONDENT CALIFORNIA DUMP TRUCK OWNERS ASSOCIATION, LARRY SHEPARD, ASSOCIATED GENERAL

DUMP TRUCK OWNERS ASSOCIATION, PETITIONER

v.

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, RESPONDENT BUILDING MATERIAL AND DUMP

SHEPARD, PETITIONER

v.

NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, RESPONDENT BUILDING MATERIAL AND DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS, TEAMSTERS LOCAL NO. 36, ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF



Before McGOWAN and ROBB, Circuit Judges, and JAMESON,* United States Senior District Judge for the District of Montana.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT

CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA, ET AL., INTERVENORS; CALIFORNIA

TRUCK DRIVERS, TEAMSTERS LOCAL No. 36, INTERVENOR; LARRY

AMERICA, CALIFORNIA DUMP TRUCK OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INTERVENORS

Nos. 80-1503, 80-1807, 80-1808 1981.CDC.309

Petitions for Review of Orders of the National Labor Relations Board

APPELLATE PANEL:

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE ROBB

These cases are here on petitions to review the order of the National Labor Relations Board in Building Material & Dump Truck Drivers, Teamsters Local Union No. 36, etc., 249 N.L.R.B. No. 38 (1980). The Board ordered the Building Material and Dump Truck Drivers, Teamsters Local Union No. 36 and the Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter, Inc., the San Diego Building Contractors Association, the Engineering and General Contractors Association, and their employer members (the Contractors) to cease enforcing certain provisions of a Master Labor Agreement entered into by the Union and the Contractors in 1977. The Board found that the 1977 Master Labor Agreement required signatory employers to cease dealing with non-union dump truck operators who are independent contractors, thus violating section 8(e) of the National Labor Relations Act. 29 U.S.C. ยง 158(e) (1976). *fn1

The Union has petitioned for review of the Board's order, arguing that the Board erred in finding that the truck operators in question are independent contractors. The Associated General Contractors have intervened in support of the Board's order. The California Dump Truck Owners Association, an association of independent dump truck owner-operators, and Larry Shepard, an individual dump truck owner-operator, were charging parties before the Board. They have also petitioned for review, arguing that the remedy awarded by the Board is inadequate. We affirm the Board's order in all respects.

The dispute arises out of the building and construction industry in San Diego County, California. The practice in that industry is that building contractors hire dump truck operators on a day-to-day basis to haul materials to and from construction sites. The contractors generally obtain the services of dump truck operators through brokers, who refer hauling jobs to individual operators, handle billing for services rendered, and generally coordinate arrangements between the contractors and the truck operators. The brokers receive a commission based on the amount billed. Larry Shepard, one of the petitioners, is a dump truck owner-operator who generally accepts referrals from the Terra Trucking Company, one of the brokers in the San Diego area. Petitioner California Dump Truck Owners Association is composed of owner-operators who operate through brokers.

Since at least 1965 the Union and the Contractors have negotiated master labor agreements to govern hauling work performed in the San Diego area. There has been a dispute during that same period between the Union and the non-union truck operators over the availability of hauling jobs for non-union truck operators. The Union sought terms in each new agreement to prohibit dealings with non-union operators. The 1977 Master Labor Agreement contained such terms. Section 4 of the Agreement required signatory contractors to transport "all materials ... to or from or on the site of the work by workmen furnished by the appropriate craft UNION ...." Under section 42(1) of the Agreement only union truck operators were cleared by the Union for work with the Contractors. The Agreement also provided that signatory contractors could procure the services of truck operators only through a "person, firm, or corporation ... signatory to an agreement with the Union". Section 42(2). Other provisions of the Agreement required the Contractors to treat owner-operators as employees, section 42(4), and penalized contractors who failed to comply with the Agreement. Section 42(9)(12) & (13). In short, under the 1977 Agreement the Union enlisted the aid of the Contractors to insure that only signatory brokers received subcontracts and only union truck operators performed hauling services for building contractors in the San Diego area. The Board found that the Union and the Contractors enforced the Agreement against brokers and non-union dump truck operators.

In November 1977 the Kissinger Trucking Company, a broker, entered into a contract with the Penhaul Company to supply hauling services for a demolition project. Shortly after the project began, Kissinger's manager was informed that Kissinger would be replaced because it was referring non-union truck operators. Penhaul had signed the 1977 Agreement and could not, under the terms of that agreement, contract with a broker that referred non-union truck operators. Kissinger Trucking lost the contract with Penhaul and subsequently signed the 1977 Agreement.

The Agreement was also enforced against Terra Trucking, Larry Shepard's usual broker. Terra Trucking has been a party to master labor agreements since 1974, and so was required by the 1977 Agreement to refer only union truck operators to building contractors. In August 1978 Terra Trucking's president, Fred ReCupido, received a letter from the Union stating that under the Agreement he must not deal with seven non-union truck operators, including Shepard. ReCupido informed the seven truck operators that they must join the Union or make other arrangements for brokerage of their services. Shepard ...


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