Pennsylvania Arbitrator Rules Against Police Union in Veteran’s Day Holiday Pay Dispute

By Geoff Kiernan

christmasclub_imageIn City of Butler, an arbitrator held that the City did not violate its CBA when it paid a police sergeant time and a half in overtime pay for working during a holiday parade, rather than providing both overtime pay and holiday pay premium.

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Florida Arbitrator Finds Sheriff’s Office Unilaterally Changed Firefighter Union Release Time

By Geoff Kiernan

past practiceIn Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the Arbitrator held that the city could not unilaterally change the way in which the Union President was paid for doing Union work on the clock, especially when such a change violated an established past practice.

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Arbitrator Guy Coss Holds that Spokane Valley Fire Captain Extinguished His Remedy for Termination by Appealing to the Civil Service Commission

By Anthony Rice

email_devilIn Spokane Valley Fire Dep’t, Arbitrator Guy Coss dismissed a Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) employee’s grievance as not arbitrable, because he exhausted his remedy by first appealing to the Civil Service Commission.

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Despite an Unjust Demotion, the CBA Does Not Give a Police Captain Redress

By Anthony Rice

captainIn City of West Palm Beach, the arbitrator held the grievance was not arbitrable, because the captain (grievant) was outside the bargaining unit and the CBA contained no language concerning grieving a captain’s demotion.

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Arbitrator Finds Florida Corrections Supervisor’s Discharge For Unknowingly Bringing A Firearm Into The Workplace To Be Without Just Cause

By Jordan L. Jones

finger pistolIn State of Florida, the Arbitrator held that there was not just cause to discharge a Corrections Supervisor (Supervisor) who unknowingly brought a firearm into her office, because of the unequal discipline she received compared to another Employee for a similar incident.

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Arbitrator Holds that Sexual Harassment Is So Odious a Positive Work Record Cannot Mitigate Orange Florida Fire Inspector’s Actions

By Anthony Rice

fireIn Orange County, an Arbitrator ruled that the severity of a Fire Inspector’s sexually harassing conduct against subordinates for which he was terminated, outweighed any mitigating factors in his employment record.

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The Name of the Discipline Changed, but the Fact Remains, Border Patrol Violated Double Jeopardy

By Anthony Rice

gavels_homeIn Dep’t of Homeland Security, Arbitrator John Hoose held that U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated double jeopardy when it punished an Agent twice for the same DUI offense.

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County Did Not Violate Collective-Bargaining Agreement When It Did Not Pay Higher Classification Officer Pay To Officer Upon her Return From Leave Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

By Oliver Enquist

fmlaIn County of Tazewell, an Arbitrator held that a Tazewell County Classification Officer had no contractual right to remain in the Classification Officer position during her leave of absence, covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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Arbitrator Upholds Discharge of California Corrections Deputy for His Sexual Misconduct Toward Female Inmates

By Jordan L. Jones

women in prisonIn County of Yuba, 133 LA 361  Arbitrator William Riker held that there was just cause to discharge a corrections Deputy Sheriff for his interactions with female inmates, which included inappropriate touching and searches.

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Arbitrator Upholds Discharge of Texas Sergeant that Disobeys Orders not to Post Name Clearing Report

By Anthony Rice

???????????????????????????????????????????In City of Waxahachie, the Arbitrator upheld the termination of a Sergeant for numerous department violations where the Sergeant used city equipment to disseminate investigative findings that dismissed a subordinate’s complaint against the Sergeant, despite a clear order from the Chief not to do so.

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