Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville.
No. 3:14-cv-00594—Joseph H. McKinley Jr., Chief District Judge.
Argued: November 29, 2017
Decided and Filed: January 11, 2018
Before: GILMAN, SUTTON, and STRANCH, Circuit Judges.
RONALD LEE GILMAN, Circuit Judge. This case involves claims by Keith Saunders
against his employer, Ford Motor Company, under both § 301 of the Labor Management
Relations Act (LMRA), 29 U.S.C. § 185, and Kentucky law. Saunders contends that Ford
breached the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) by twice placing him on
temporary leave—known as no-work-available (NWA) status—and that his local union breached
its duty of fair representation by failing to fully pursue his grievances. He also alleges that Ford
retaliated against him by placing him on NWA status not long after he reopened a workers’
compensation claim against the company.
The district court granted Ford’s motion for summary judgment on all of Saunders’s
claims. For the reasons set forth below, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court