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LEB Briefing Cases.Ch.22

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Chapter 22   Labor Law Case 22.1 Case 22.2 (Cite as: 296 F.3d 1055) 170 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 2385, 146 Lab.Cas.  P 10,063, 15 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. C 724 United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. ASSOCIATED RUBBER COMPANY, Petitioner-Cross-Respondent, v. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD, Respondent-Cross-Petitioner, United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO-CLC, Respondent-Intervenor. 209
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CHAPTER 22: LABOR LAW 210 No. 01-12884. July 5, 2002. CARNES, Circuit Judge:   An employee of Associated Rubber Company was threatened and subjected to greater risk of physical injury on the job  because of his opposition to the union, and news of that happening was disseminated among a number of employees.  The  issue is whether that misconduct invalidates the results of the close vote in favor of the union in the certification election  which occurred shortly thereafter.  In a split decision the National Labor Relations Board concluded that the election was not  tainted   and   certified   the   union,   the   United   Steelworkers   of   America,   AFL-CIO-CLC,   as   the   collective-bargaining  representative of an appropriate unit of Associated Rubber's employees.   When Associated Rubber thereafter refused to  bargain with the newly certified union, the Board ordered it to do so.  Associated Rubber has appealed that order, and the  Board has cross-appealed asking us to enforce the order.  For reasons we will discuss, we set aside the Board's order. I. BACKGROUND On June 14, 1999, the union filed a petition with the Board seeking  certification  as *1057 the collective  bargaining  representative of certain maintenance workers, truck drivers, and mechanics employed at Associated Rubber's three plants  in Tallapoosa, Georgia, where the company operates its rubber production facilities.  A secret ballot election was held on July  23, 1999, and the union won by a vote of 53 to 50, with one non-determinative challenged ballot.   Associated Rubber,  however, timely filed objections to the election, alleging that certain pro-union employees had unlawfully interfered with the  election by, among other things, threatening personal harm and property damage to employee voters who did not support the  union in the election.  The Board ordered a hearing on Associated Rubber's objections.  At the hearing there was evidence of numerous incidents of  objectionable conduct on the part of some of Associated Rubber's pro-union employees, occurring both before and after the  filing of the election petition, as well as on the day of the election itself.  Among other things, there was evidence about what  the parties refer to as the "Banbury mixer incident." A.
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