Petition by the National Labor Relations Board to enforce its Order dated January 16, 1986 requiring, inter alia, the reinstatement of Wayne A. Gilber as a member of Local Lodge No. 707, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Oakes and Winter, Circuit Judges, and Bonsal, District Judge.*fn*
The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or the "Board") Petitioner, pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act as amended (the "Act"), seek enforcement of its Order of January 16, 1986 (the "Order") against Local Lodge No. 707, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ("Local 707"), Aeronautical Industrial District No. 91 ("District 91"), and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ("International"), Respondents.
Respondents oppose enforcement of the Order, or, if it is to be enforced, request that the provisions regarding publication of the Order by the Respondents be modified.
These proceedings arise out of a bitter conflict within Local 707. The complainant before the NLRB, Wayne A. Gilbert, was formerly president of Local 707. On January 15, 1984, Local 707 filed internal union charges against Gilbert and others, alleging that they were engaging in conduct unbecoming union members and distributing literature "vicious and malicious in its content," so "as to destroy the [International] and . . . Local 707." On January 17, 1984 Gilbert responded by filing charges with the NLRB against the Respondents charging them with violating Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the Act by coercing and restraining employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the Act and by denying fair representation to Gilbert in breach of their fiduciary duty. Gilbert's charges were heard by Administrative Law Judge Harmatz in August, 1984. He concluded that by filing internal disciplinary charges against Gilbert and the others for their participation in intra-union activity, Local 707 and International had violated Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the Act. The ALJ's Order, dated January 17, 1985, was affirmed by the Board by order dated September 30, 1985 which ordered Local 707 and International to cease and desist from filing internal disciplinary charges against members of Local 707 in reprisal for their participation in protected union activity. They were required to post an appropriate notice.
Also in August, 1984, Gilbert filed the present charges with the NLRB which allege, inter alia, that his membership in Local 707 had been unlawfully cancelled by the Respondents. Following hearings, Administrative Law Judge Lawrence found that International, District 91 and Local 707 had violated Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the Act by cancelling Gilbert's membership in Local 707. He further found that they had violated their fiduciary duty towards Gilbert as a member of Local 707, and that they had acted solely because he distributed to fellow members of Local 707 election campaign leaflets critical of the incumbent administration and because he filed unfair labor practice charges against Respondents.
The Board accepted ALJ Lawrence's findings, and by Order dated January 16, 1986 held that Respondents had violated Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the Act by cancelling Gilbert's union membership without prior notice to him, thereby jeopardizing his employment, all because of his internal union activities and because he had filed unfair labor practices with the Board. The Board ordered the Respondents to cease and desist from: (1) rejecting tenders of dues by Gilbert; (2) taking any action to bar Gilbert from membership in Local 707; (3) barring Gilbert from seeking elective union office on the ground that he is not a member in good standing; and (4) refusing to appoint Gilbert to his former position as third shift area safety representative at the North Haven facility of Pratt & Whitney. In addition, Respondents were ordered to take affirmative action to effectuate the policies of the Act, including:
(a) reinstating Gilbert to membership upon payment of dues;
(b) expunging from Respondents' records any reference to the lapsing of Gilbert's membership in Local 707;
(c) notifying any organizations to whom they had given notice that Gilbert was no longer a member of Local 707, that he had been restored to full membership;
(d) appointing Gilbert to his former position as third shift area safety representative at the North Haven facility of Pratt & Whitney;
(e) permitting Gilbert to attend and participate in all membership meetings of Local 707;
(f) permitting Gilbert to be a candidate for any elective office in Local 707;
(g) posting at their respective business offices, meeting halls and all places where notices to members and other employees are customarily posted, copies of the Notice attached ...