Cement Masons Local 527 et al v. Innovative Concrete, LLC
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs' Motion For Summary Judgment is GRANTED. [Doc. 11 ] An appropriate judgment will accompany this Memorandum and Order. Signed by District Judge Charles A. Shaw on 4/10/15. (KXS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CEMENT MASONS LOCAL 527, et al.,
INNOVATIVE CONCRETE, LLC,
No. 4:14-CV-1287 CAS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. Defendant
Innovative Concrete, LLC (“defendant”) has not responded to the motion and the time to do so has
passed. This is an action under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, 29
U.S.C. § 185, in which plaintiffs seek to collect contributions, liquidated damages, court costs and
attorneys’ fees they claim are owed by defendant to the Cement Masons Local 527 Pension, Welfare
(Trust) and Vacation Funds, pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement and
Employer Report of Hours Worked forms submitted by defendant without accompanying payment.
I. Legal Standard
Rule 56(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that summary judgment shall
be granted “if the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the
movant is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law.” In ruling on a motion for summary judgment,
the court is required to view the facts in the light most favorable to the non-moving party and must
give that party the benefit of all reasonable inferences to be drawn from the underlying facts.
AgriStor Leasing v. Farrow, 826 F.2d 732, 734 (8th Cir. 1987). The moving party bears the burden
of showing both the absence of a genuine issue of material fact and its entitlement to judgment as
a matter of law. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242 (1986); Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co.
v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586-87 (1986); Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c).
Once the moving party has met its burden, the non-moving party may not rest on the
allegations of its pleadings but must set forth specific facts, by affidavit or other evidence, showing
that a genuine issue of material fact exists. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). Anderson, 477 U.S. at 257; City
of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa v. Associated Elec. Coop., Inc., 838 F.2d 268, 273-74 (8th Cir. 1988). Rule
56 “mandates the entry of summary judgment, after adequate time for discovery and upon motion,
against a party who fails to make a showing sufficient to establish the existence of an element
essential to that party’s case, and on which that party will bear the burden of proof at trial.” Celotex
Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986).
With the foregoing standard in mind, the Court adopts plaintiffs’ Statement of Undisputed
Facts, as the same are supported by the record and are deemed admitted because defendant did not
controvert them. See E.D. Mo. Local Rule 4.01(E).
The plaintiff Cement Masons Pension, Welfare and Vacation Funds are employee benefit
funds. The Trustees of these funds are plaintiffs Kurt E. Dierkes, C. Keith Thompson, Dennis
Frenzel, Sr., Dirk G. Elsperman, Bob Hawkins, Leonard Ehlmann, Bill Kroeger and Brad Campbell.
(Affidavit of Kurt E. Dierkes, ¶ 2.)
Defendant Innovative Concrete, LLC (“Innovative Concrete”) is party to a collective
bargaining agreement with Cement Masons Local 527 effective until 2016. A copy of the full
agreement is attached as Exhibit 1 to the Dierkes Affidavit. A copy of the signature page of this
agreement, executed by Innovative Concrete on April 30, 2013, is attached as Exhibit 2 to the
The collective bargaining agreement requires employers to make contributions and file
reports to the Cement Masons Local 527 Pension, Welfare, Vacation and Training Funds based on
each hour worked by the employer’s employees. The agreement provides for the payment of ten
percent (10%) liquidated damages and six percent (6%) interest on delinquent contributions. The
agreement also requires delinquent employers to pay the Funds’ attorneys’ fees and collection costs.
(Dierkes Aff., ¶ 4.)
Innovative Concrete has submitted its contribution reports without payment for the period
of January 2014 through September 2014. Copies of these reports are attached as Exhibit 3 to the
Dierkes Affidavit. After correcting certain computational errors in the reports, the reports reflect
that the following amounts are owed:
Pension Welfare Vacation Site International Dues Hourly Dues -
(Dierkes Aff., ¶ 5.)
The 10% liquidated damages on the Pension, Welfare and Vacation amounts equals $616.07.
(Dierkes Aff., ¶ 6.)
Plaintiffs have incurred $495.00 in attorneys’ fees and $558.29 in court costs, for a total of
$1,053.29. (Affidavit of Greg A. Campbell.)
Section 502(g)(2) of ERISA, 29 U.S.C. §1132(g)(2), provides:
In any action under this subchapter by a fiduciary for or on behalf of a plan
to enforce Section 1145 of this title in which a judgment in favor of the plan is
awarded, the court shall award the plan –
the unpaid contributions,
interest on the unpaid contributions,
an amount equal to the greater of –
(i) interest on the unpaid contributions, or
(ii) liquidated damages provided for under the plan in
an amount not in excess of 20 percent (or such higher
percentage as may be permitted under Federal or State
law) of the amount determined by the court under
reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of the action, to be paid
by the defendant, and
such other legal or equitable relief as the court deems
For purposes of this paragraph, interest on unpaid contributions shall be determined
by using the rate provided under the plan, or, if none, the rate prescribed under
Section 6621 of Title 26.
29 U.S.C. § 1132(g)(2).
Thus, this provision entitles the fiduciary plaintiffs to unpaid contributions, liquidated
damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees, in addition to these items being required by the terms of the
collective bargaining agreement.
Plaintiffs have established that defendant is in default on amounts due under ERISA
§ 502(g)(2) and the collective bargaining agreement for principal amounts, liquidated damages,
attorneys’ fees and costs. Plaintiffs are clearly entitled to recover these amounts. See Laborers
Health & Welfare Trust Fund for N. Cal. v. Advanced Lightweight Concrete Co., Inc., 484 U.S. 539,
547 (1988) (“The special remedy against employers who are delinquent in meeting their contractual
obligations that is created by § 502(g)(2) includes a mandatory award of prejudgment interest plus
liquidated damages in an amount at least equal to that interest, as well as attorney’s fees and costs.).
The total amount sought by plaintiffs is $6,810.10 in contributions and union dues, $616.07
in liquidated damages, $495.00 in attorneys’ fees, and $558.29 in court costs, for a total amount of
$8,479.46. Based on the evidence presented, the Court finds that the services performed by
plaintiffs’ attorneys were reasonable and necessary to the litigation of this case, that the rates
charged were reasonable, and that the amount sought for fees is reasonable.
For the foregoing reasons, plaintiffs have established there is no genuine dispute as to any
material fact and that they are entitled to a judgment as a matter of law in the total amount of
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiffs’ Motion For Summary Judgment is GRANTED.
An appropriate judgment will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
CHARLES A. SHAW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 10th day of April, 2015.
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