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Title: Alcoholism and the just cause for discharge

Discharge for alcoholism or alcohol-related misconduct poses one of the “greater dilemmas” for arbitrators. The authors discuss the growth of occupational programs, both employer-initiated and through collective bargaining. In many instances, discipline and discharge for alcoholism are disguised as cases involving absenteeism and/or poor performance. The arbitrator must deal with conflicting arguments of alcoholism as …

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