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Chauffeurs, Teamsters and Helpers, Local No. 391 v. Terry

United States Supreme Court
494 U.S. 558 (1990)


Facts

Terry et. al (plaintiffs) sued Teamsters and Helpers, Local No. 391 (Local 391) (defendant) alleging Local 391 had breached its duty of fair representation, requesting damages for lost wages and health benefits. McLean Trucking Company (McLean) and Local 391 had been parties to a collective-bargaining agreement covering Terry et. al., who were employees of McLean. Terry disputed McLean’s layoff and recall policies, and Local 391, arguing that the issues had been decided in two prior hearings, declined to refer their complaints to the grievance committee. In the suit, Terry requested a jury trial. Local 391 moved to strike the jury demand, asserting that no right to a jury trial exists in a duty of fair representation suit. The district court denied the motion, and the court of appeals affirmed.

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