August 23, 2017 / 9:02 PM / a year ago

2nd Circuit revives antitrust claim over union's contracting agreements

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived antitrust claims against a New England carpenters union, saying a judge erred in finding that an antitrust exemption in federal labor law applied to the union’s agreements with contractors.

In a unanimous decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was not clear whether the New England Regional Council of Carpenters had used the agreements to preserve work its members were already doing, or to unlawfully infringe on jobs historically done by members of the Connecticut Ironworkers.

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