Friday, May 4, 2012

Labor Arbitration in the News

The Nashua Telegraph reports on an award by arbitrator Bruce Fraser finding no violation of the contract between Merrimack, NH School District and the Merrimack Teachers Association. Arbitrator sides with Merrimack district in spat with union over layoff procedures. In response to a recently enacted state law that prohibits schools from considering only seniority when conducting a reduction in force the district announce that it would also consider a teacher’s educational level. The union challenged this action as a violation of their contract which provided that seniority alone would be the determining factor. The arbitrator noted that the District’s actions were taken in compliance with state law and the union declined to meet with the school board over the matter.
Arbitrator Kathleen Eldergill found in favor of several former supervisors who claimed that the city of Hamden, Connecticut improperly failed to pay them retroactive pay for time they worked prior to their retirement that was covered by a retroactive pay provision of a new contract. NCCC union files suit over health plan ruling. The faculty union at Niagara Community College is seeking to overturn an arbitrator’s award that found that while the College breached the agreement between the College and the union when it changed the health care plan, the Union was not entitled to an award of the money saved by the college as a result of the changes. According to the arbitrator found that the College did have to reimburse faculty members who sustained increased out of pocket costs as a result of the change.
An arbitrator has ordered the University of Michigan to restore certain health and retirement benefits for lecturers at the University. ANN ARBOR: Arbitrator rules in favor of Lectures Employee Organization in dispute against U of M. The arbitrator rejected the University's argument that it was privileged to make the changes during the term of the contract.

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