Friday, October 5, 2012

Labor Arbitration in the News

According to a report in Newsday, Arbitrator Mark Grossman has determined that Suffolk County’s Association on Municipal Employees timely filed a grievance concerning the replacement of county security guards with employees of a private firm. Union challenge to guard firings can stand.


Fedsmill reports on a decision of the FLRA modifying an arbitrator’s award which had ordered the agency to provide the grievant with the next overtime opportunity rather than paying back pay for the lost opportunity. Important OT Backpay Precedent.


A New York Supreme Court judge has confirmed an arbitrators award that Sullivan County violated its contract with Laborer’s International Local 17 when it eliminated bargaining unit positions and transferred the duties of one of those positions to a different bargaining unit. recordonline: Sullivan violated union contract, judge decides.
A Tulsa Oklahoma police captain was properly suspended for “conduct unbecoming” for his actions in connection with his refusal to attend, for religious reasons, a “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” at the Islamic Society of Tulsa. While arbitrator Fred Blackard found a one week suspension for failing to follow an order unsupported by the evidence, he concluded the officer failed to properly raise his concerns up the chain of command. Arbitrator splits decision on Tulsa police captain's punishment.

The Kiona-Benton City, Washington School District has been found to have breached its contract with the teacher's union  in two recent awards. In the first, the arbitrator found that the School District must pay two teachers for requiring them to work hours outside their contracts, TriCity Herald: Ki-Be school board must pay 2 teachers for forcing them to work extra hours   and in the second the arbitrator ordered the District to reimburse teachers for contributions to a health care insurance pool. Ki-Be School District must pay insurance costs, arbitrator rules

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