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Byline: Chip Jones
Jun. 9--A wage increase of 55 cents per hour was not an attempt to sway workers being organized by the Teamsters union, an attorney for Overnite Transportation Co. argued yesterday.
The 1995 pay raise did not violate federal labor laws because it was not an attempt to "buy a vote," Kenneth T. Lopatka, a Chicago lawyer representing Overnite, told a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
The motives of the management of the Richmond-based trucking company came under scrutiny as it challenged a federal labor order.
Overnite has appealed a 1999 decision by the National Labor Relations Board …