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Can an employee’s statutory rights be made the subject of a collectively bargained arbitration agreement? Relevant case law is examined. The author concludes that (except in the Fourth Circuit) when employee grievances under CBAs contain statutory issues, those issues may be heard in the courts, notwithstanding that the grievance procedure has not been exhausted. The …

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Melding external law with the collective bargaining agreement

A description of the various means by which statutory claims may be invoked in a labor arbitration. Arbitrator Bogue recommends methodologies that arbitrators might use to assure a full and accurate development of the statutory issues — one that will withstand the scrutiny of judicial appeal.

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An examination of the statutory criteria contained in the ADA, and the potential conflict between management’s duty of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, and its Section 8 duty to bargain under the NLRA. A hypothetical case is furnished.

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The author notes that the first obligation of a labor union is to the group rights of its members, and that those interests may be contrary to a disabled member’s rights under the ADA. In Goodman v. Lukens, the Supreme Court said that if a union failed to grieve a race discrimination claim, it might …

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