March 8, 2019 / 3:00 AM / in 2 months

Southwest workers say union agreement did not preempt Illinois biometric law

A group of unionized Southwest Airlines Co baggage handlers have urged a federal appeals court to rule that federal labor law did not preempt their claims that the airline violated a unique Illinois biometric law when it collected their fingerprints.

In a brief filed on Wednesday, the workers told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that because their collective bargaining agreement did not mention Southwest’s fingerprint-based timekeeping system, their claims did not have to proceed in union arbitration under the federal Railway Labor Act.

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