Friday, January 27, 2012
Labor Arbitration in the news
Arbitrator Richard Bloch has found the Postal Service in breach of its labor agreement by its unilateral implementation of a work measurement system. Arbitrator Bloch Rules That the Postal Service's 2010 Time Study Violated Article 34
The City of Plattsburgh and AFSCME each prevailed in grievances involving the City's Finance department. http://pressrepublican.com/0100_news/x950977086/City-of-Plattsburgh-and-union-split-arbitration-decisions
Montgomery County Md. is ordered to restore compensatory leave to employees also receiving longevity increases. Montgomery county ordered to repay comp time to more than 80 employees.
Arbitrator Michael Cavanaugh ruled that the City of Bainbridge Island violated a labor agreement that specified that layoffs and job reclassifications be carried out strictly in seniority order. Bainbridge ordered to rehire four laid-off workers, pay lost earnings. [ Arbitrator Cavanaugh's award can be found here]
Finally, while not directly involving labor arbitration, Eric Epstein has an interesting article in ADR Times concerning credibility resolutions in arbitrations involving claims of sexual harassment. She said, He said : How Does An Arbitrator Decide Who to Believe?