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The parties have incorporated mechanisms for intervention by special panels where they have encountered difficulty in the implementation of particular contract language. These have included a Sick Leave Harassment Panel, and reduction in force and seniority protest panels. In this panel discussion, the participants discuss their perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of the arrangements.

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Remedies, troubled employees, and the arbitrator’s role

The challenges confronting arbitrators in cases involving troubled employees, such as employees with chronic alcohol and drug issues. Remedies based on a traditional corrective discipline, a modified corrective discipline model, and a therapeutic model are examined. Arbitrators are encouraged to prescribe remedies that conform to the values and practices previously adopted by the parties, and …

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Nexus in the context of off-duty misconduct cases. A valid nexus between the off-duty misconduct and the status of the grievant as an employee must be demonstrated by the employer. Decisions indicate that this may be accomplished by showing that the misconduct has damaged the employer’s business or will do so if the employee is …

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