Friday, April 13, 2012

Labor Arbitration in the News

 Arbitrator Richard Beens has upheld a 20 day suspension imposed on a bus driver for talking on her cell phone while driving. Bus driver disciplined for using a cellphone. Arbitrator Beens’ award can be found here.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams has indicated that he will not comply with an arbitrator’s award ordering the reinstatement of Officer Ron Frashour. Mayor Will Not Follow Arbitrator's Order To Reinstate Frashour. The Portland Police Association has accused the Mayor of breaching a commitment that the arbitration award would be “final and binding”. The Police Association’s press release can be found here.
“Arbitrator Douglas Hammond concluded the district should assign field trips to drivers based on seniority without considering overtime costs” reports Paradise Valley bus drivers prevail in district dispute. The arbitrator concluded that the district violated the contract when it changed the way it assigned field trips to minimize overtime.
The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that an arbitrator has found that the City of Tahlequah, OK violated its cba with FOP Lodge 201 by applying a separate seniority list to grant funded officers. Arbitrator: City broke union pact. Arbitrator T. Zane Reeves concluded that an officer who transferred from a grant funded position to a position in the classified rank was entitled to keep his original seniority date.
Adjunct Law Prof Blog reports on a pending arbitration of a teacher claiming she was terminated for refusing to provide her employer with her Facebook password. Reportedly Teacher’s aide challenges Michigan district in arbitration claiming she was suspended for refusing to provide online passwords
The Society of Professional Engineers in Aerospace is preparing a lawsuit claiming that Spirit AeroSystems is refusing to honor the contractual grievance process. Spirit union to seek arbitration

The termination of an Albany NY police officer has been approved by arbitrator Sheila Cole. The officer had been accused of a number of off duty incidents including two arrests for domestic violence. Cop fired under ruling
A number of arbitrators who hear disciplinary cases for teachers and administrators are declining to accept new cases because of claimed slow pay by the State of New York. Arbitrators balk at slow pay from state

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