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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO [Hon. Juan M. P�rez-Gim�nez, U.S. District Judge]

Marisol Adames and some ninety-three other flight attendants sued Executive Airlines (“Executive”) in July 1999 for violation of various Puerto Rico labor laws. Adames *fn1 argues that she is entitled to compensation and benefits commensurate with the provisions of Commonwealth law dealing with wages, overtime pay, maternity benefits, meal periods, days off, vacation, bonuses, and sick leave. She asserts that her right to these benefits exists independently of the terms of the collective bargaining agreement with Executive. In response, Executive argues that the claims under the labor laws of Puerto Rico are preempted by the Railway Labor Act because they cannot be resolved without interpreting the collective bargaining agreement. The district court agreed with Executive, dismissing Adames’s claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. We affirm.

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