Union Pacific Corp.'s Overnite trucking unit lost a bid to overturn a National Labor Relations Board order requiring the company to bargain with striking Teamsters Union members at four terminals.
The 2-1 ruling in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, awarded as much as $5 million in back pay to more than 350 workers at terminals in the St. Louis, Atlanta, Louisville, Kentucky, and Norfolk, Va., areas. The company said it will appeal the ruling to the full court.
The Richmond-based company and the union, which began a strike against Overnite on Oct. 24, 1999, have failed to reach a contract since the Teamsters began an organizing campaign in 1995. The company's disputing a union claim to represent workers at 11 terminals, including those in the Appeals Court ruling.