Int'l Ass'n of Machinists, Dist. No 15, Local No. 402 v. Cutler-Hammer, Inc.

CourtNew York Court of Appeals
Citation297 N.Y. 519,74 N.E.2d 464
PartiesINTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS, DISTRICT NO. 15, LOCAL NO. 402, Appellant, v. CUTLER-HAMMER, Inc., Respondent. CUTLER HAMMER, Inc., Respondent, v. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS, DISTRICT NO. 15, LOCAL NO. 402, Appellant.
Decision Date02 July 1947

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Appeal from Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, 271 App.Div. 917, 67 N.Y.S.2d 317.

Proceeding in the matter of the arbitration of controversies between International Association of Machinists, District No. 15, Local No. 402, Robert Schrank as president of such Local No. 402, petitioner, and Cutler-Hammer, Inc. An agreement provided that ‘the company agrees to meet with the union early in July 1946 to discuss payment of a bonus for the first six months of 1946.’ The union did not contend that a discussion was not had but admitted that there was a discussion as to whether a bonus should be paid and took the position that the contract provision meant that a bonus must be paid and that all there was to discuss was the amount of the bonus to be paid. Logically, the union then contended that in absence of an agreement between the parties as to the amount of the bonus to be paid, the arbitrator should determine the amount.

From an order of the Supreme Court granting the motion of International Association of Machinists and Robert Schrank as president to compel arbitration, and denying the motion of Cutler-Hammer, Inc., to stay arbitration, Cutler-Hammer, Inc., appealed.

The order was reversed and the motion of the petitioner to compel arbitration was denied and the motion for stay of arbitration was granted by the Appellate Division, 271 App.Div. 917, 67 N.Y.S.2d 317. From the order of the Appellate Division, the petitioner appeals.

Affirmed.

PER CURIAM.

Order affirmed with costs.

All concur except FULD, J., who dissents in the following memorandum, in which DESMOND, J., concurs:

A claim may be ‘so unconscionable or a defense so frivolous' as to justify the court in refusing to order the parties to proceed to arbitration, Wenger & Co. v. Propper Silk Hosiery Mills, 239 N.Y. 199, 202, 146 N.E. 203, but I do not so regard the claim here asserted. I have difficulty in concluding, as respondent urges, that reasonable men cannot differ as to the meaning of the provision in question. While I see that as a possible construction, I do not consider it the only one. It may well be argued, and in good faith, that in the light of...

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