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Verrilli v. New York Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union No. 2N/1SE

United States District Court, E.D. New York

June 8, 2017

JOHN VERRILLI, LOUIS CAFIERO, and TREVOR GORDON, Plaintiffs,
v.
THE NEW YORK NEWSPAPER PRINTING PRESSMEN'S UNION NO. 2N/1SE, JOHN HEFFERNAN, and RICHARD DALY, Defendants.

          For Plaintiffs: David George Gabor

          For Defendants:Dana E Lossia Daniel Engelstein Levy Ratner, P.C.

          MEMORANDUM & ORDER

          Jack B. Weinstein, Senior United States District Judge

         Table of Contents

         I. Introduction ................................................................................................................ 1

         II. Facts ............................................................................................................................. 2

         A. Shaping ................................................................................................................. 3

         B. Union Membership .............................................................................................. 4

         C. Instant Litigation ................................................................................................. 5

         III. Law ............................................................................................................................... 6

         D. Standard of Review ............................................................................................. 6

         E. Statute of Limitations on Duty of Fair Representation Claim ........................ 6

         IV. Application of Law to Facts ....................................................................................... 7

         A. Duty of Fair Representation ............................................................................... 7

         B. State Law Claims ............................................................................................... 12

         V. Conclusion ................................................................................................................. 13

         I. Introduction

         Plaintiffs worked as non-permanent non-union printing press employees for the New York Times (the “Times”). They claim that a 2015 amendment to the collective bargaining agreement between the Times and the New York Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union No. 2N/1SE (the “Union”) adversely affected non-Union employees' wages and violated the Union's duty of fair representation for them.

         The applicable six-month statute of limitations for filing a claim began to run when plaintiffs knew or should reasonably have known of changes to the agreement. Defendants have moved to dismiss for failure to timely file their claim. Plaintiffs respond that they were unaware of the amendment until ...


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