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Moeller Served As Arbitrator On Delphi Case

One day after it reached a tentative contract with the International Union of Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America, Delphi Corp. sued the union in federal court to overturn an arbitrator's decision that forced Delphi to rehire 500 laid-off workers at its Moraine air-conditioning compressor plant. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Dayton, the lawsuit asks Judge Walter H. Rice to declare arbitrator LON MOELLER'S August ruling invalid and bar its enforcement. Delphi, the world's largest auto parts supplier, argues there's not enough work at the plant for the called-back workers and that it will cost the company $43.5 million this year and $50 million next year to live up to Moeller's order. Moeller, an independent arbitrator and business professor at the University of Iowa, ordered Delphi on Aug. 19 to recall the workers it laid off in January at two Moraine air-conditioning compressor plants. Delphi has since vacated a 2.2 million-square-foot plant. The Dayton News serves Dayton, Ohio.

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