So hopefully Ernie can answer why the Local did not request that the DOE release the money the day or week after we ratified the MOA??
You seem to be intent on making the union the latest villain here, so perhaps Ernie would be the best one to put your mind at ease.
As for myself, I would attribute it to condition #3, that the NLRB approve "the waiver of interest and calculations of back pay"
and that payment would be made after "the occurrence of the latest of the above conditions.
I would say the NLRB's approval would be the lastest condition
to be met, so the union requesting the release of the money before
that would have been premature ... if not totally careless.
But that's just my understanding of it ... maybe Ernie has a different explanation.