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Must Trial Courts Order Certain Union Employees to Arbitrate Their Claims for Unpaid Wages Upon Termination? 

SUMMARY: A security guard for the San Francisco Giants alleged the baseball team failed to pay him final wages, on time, upon termination, under Labor Code section 201.  A collective bargaining agreement governs his employment.  The employee sued.  The baseball team moved to compel arbitration, a motion the trial court denied.  The Court of Appeal ruled that federal law, the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”), requires arbitration.

QUESTION FOR THE SUPREME COURT: The California Supreme Court will determine whether the LMRA preempts Labor Code section 201 and requires terminated employees, working under a collective bargaining agreement, to arbitrate their wage claims under Labor Code section 201.  Melendez v. San Francisco Baseball Associates, LLC

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