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International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 627
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Oral Argument Requested
Nos. 13-9547 & 13-9564
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE TENTH CIRCUITNos. 13-9547 & 13-9564
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS, LOCAL 627Petitioner/Cross-Respondentv.NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARDRespondent/Cross-Petitioner______________________ON PETITION FOR REVIEW AND CROSS-APPLICATIONFOR 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 DHEENAN
 
Civil Division, Room 7259
Supervisory Attorney
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
 
Washington, D.C. 20530 JEFFREY W. BURRITT
 
(202) 514-4052
 
 Attorney
 National Labor Relations Board
 
1099 14th Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20570(202) 273-2948(202) 273-2989
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSHeadings Page(s)
Statement of subject matter and appellate jurisdiction .............................................. 1Statement of the issues ............................................................................................... 2Statement of the case.................................................................................................. 3Statement of facts ....................................................................................................... 4I. The Board’s findings of fact .............................................................................. 4A. The union operates an exclusive hiring hall and maintains an out-of-work referral list to track nonworking members and refer them to jobs for which they qualify ...................................................................... 4B. Loerwald files an EEOC charge against the union, becomes frustrated by several failed job prospects, and substitutes a fax number for her  phone number ........................................................................................... 6C. The union refuses Loerwald’s numerous request to see the OWL .......... 8D. The union notifies Loerwald that it removed her from the OWLand she responds by providing her attorney’s phone number andeventually her own phone number ........................................................... 9E. The union refuses to stamp Loerwald’s Oklahoma EmploymentSecurity Commission’s work search book ............................................ 10II. The Board’s Conclusions and Orders ............................................................ 11Standard of review ................................................................................................... 12Summary of argument .............................................................................................. 13Argument.................................................................................................................. 15
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTSHeadings Cont’d Page(s)
I. Substantial evidence supports the Board’s finding that the unionrepeatedly violated the Act by refusing Loerwald’s requests to seethe out-of-work list ......................................................................................... 15A. A union’s duty of fair representation in operating a hiring hall ............ 15B. The union unlawfully refused access to the OWL ................................. 17II. Substantial evidence supports the Board’s findings that the union violatedthe Act by removing Loerwald from the OWL and refusing to allowher to re-register ............................................................................................. 19A. The union’s decisions to remove Loerwald from the OWL andrefuse to allow her to re-register were unlawfully motivated .............. 201. A union violated the Act when it retaliates against a member for engaging in protected activity ................................................ 202. The union discriminated against Loerwald.................................. 22B. The union violated its duty of fair representation ................................ 30III. The union violated the Act by refusing to stamp Loerwald’sunemployment book .................................................................................... 32IV. The President’s recess appointments to the Board are valid ........................ 33A. The president’s recess-appointment authority is not confined tointer-session recesses of the Senate ................................................... 341. The constitutional text authorizes appointments duringintra-session recesses .................................................................. 352. Intra-session recess appointments are necessary to serve the purpose of the recess appointments clause ................................. 39

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