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32-CA-025100

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No. 13-70240
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
National Labor Relations Board,Petitioner,v.OS Transport LLCandHCA Management, Inc.,Respondents.__________________ON APPLICATION FOR ENFORCEMENT OF AN ORDER OFTHE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD__________________BRIEF FORTHE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD__________________
STUART F. DELERY LAFE E. SOLOMON
 Assistant Attorney General Acting General Counsel 
BETH S. BRINKMANN CELESTE J. MATTINA
 Deputy Assistant Attorney General Deputy General Counsel 
DOUGLAS N. LETTER JOHN H. FERGUSONSCOTT R. McINTOSH
 Associate General Counsel 
MELISSA N. PATTERSONBENJAMIN M. SHULTZ LINDA DREEBEN
 Attorneys, Appellate Staff 
 
 Deputy Associate General Counsel 
 U.S. Department of Justice USHA DHEENANCivil Division, Room 7259
Supervisory Attorney
950 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.Washington, D.C. 20530 DOUGLAS CALLAHAN(202) 514-4052
 Attorney
 National Labor Relations Board1099 14th Street N.W.Washington, D.C. 20570(202) 273-2948(202) 273-2988
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSHeadings Page(s)
Statement of Jurisdiction ............................................................................................ 1Statement of the Issues Presented .............................................................................. 2Statement of the Case ................................................................................................. 3Statement of the Facts ................................................................................................ 4I. The Board’s Findings of Fact ............................................................................ 4A. Background and Interrelated Operations of OS Transport LLC and HCA Management, Inc. .......................................................................... 4B. Andrade Announces “New” Ownership of OST; Andrade CompelsEmployees To Incorporate Individually or To Resign ........................... 6C. The drivers Concertedly Protest Their New Working Conditions in aLetter to the Company and Contact the Union; the Union Files aRepresentation Petition .......................................................................... 7D. The Board Holds a Hearing on the Representation Petition; AndradeFails to Appear; Marquez Delivers the Drivers’ Protest Letter to theCompany ................................................................................................. 8E. In Response to OST Drivers’ Protected Union Activities, Sencion Sr.Threatens OST Drivers with Reduction in Hours and Pay, Termination,and the Closure of the Company.............................................................. 9F. The Company Reduces the Work Assignments and Hours of UnionSupporters While Shifting Work Toward Employees Unassociated with the Union ....................................................................................... 10G. Andrade Terminates Marquez for Job Abandonment Though HeContinuously Checked-In While Awaiting Truck Repairs ................... 12
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSHeadings-Cont’d Page(s)
 H. Eighteen Months After an Accident for Which Pizano Was Not atFault, Andrade Terminates Pizano........................................................ 13I. The Board Orders that a Representation Election Be Held ................... 15II. The Board’s Conclusions and Order ................................................................ 15Summary of Argument............................................................................................. 17Standard of Review .................................................................................................. 19Argument.................................................................................................................. 20I. The Board Is Entitled to Summary Affirmance of Its Numerous Uncontested Findings and Summary Enforcement of the Uncontested Portions of ItsOrder ............................................................................................................... 14II. Substantial Evidence Supports the Board’s Finding that the CompanyViolated Section 8(a)(3) and (1) by Reducing the Work Assignments and Hours of Four Employees and by Terminating Marquez and PizanoBecause of Their Union or Other Protected Activities .................................. 22A. Applicable Principles ........................................................................... 23B. The Company Has Waived Its Right To Challenge the Discreditingof Andrade, Sencion Sr., and Campos; In Any Event, ThoseDeterminations Are Far from “Patently Unreasonable” ...................... 25C. Substantial Evidence Supports the Board’s Conclusion that theCompany Reduced the Work Assignments and Hours of Najera,Guzman, Urias, and Urias Velasquez Because of Their Protected Activities ............................................................................................... 261. Najera ........................................................................................... 282. Guzman ........................................................................................ 31

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