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Step Three - Review Committee

The Review Committee shall be composed as

follows:

Local Union Representatives:

– Two (2) Representatives appointed by the

Business Manager including the Business

Manager, Senior Assistant Business Manager,

and Officers of Local Union 15.

Line Management Representatives:

– One (1) Executive Level Operational Manager

representing the Business Unit in which the

grievance originated. If titles change, the

appropriate level will remain the same or

higher.

Labor Relations/Human Resources:

– One (1) Labor Relations/Employee Relations

Vice President or designee

Both parties recognize the importance of

maintaining stability in the composition of the

Review Committee. Members of the Review

Committee shall strive toward achieving this

objective when scheduling Step 3 meetings.

Review Committee Procedure

The Review Committee shall meet to consider the

grievance at its second next regularly scheduled

meeting after receiving the referral.

An agreed to Joint Position Summary by the

Company and Local Union representatives of the

discussion held at this step of the grievance

procedure and a statement of the issues upon which

they are in agreement, issues still in dispute and the

reasons therefore, and the basis for settlement, if

any advanced by each, shall be prepared and signed

by both parties at the Step 3 grievance meeting.

The Company shall forward to the Local Union an

answer to the Step 3 grievance within fifteen (15)

calendar days of the Step 3 meeting.


Step Four – Arbitration

If the dispute or difference is not satisfactorily

settled by the Review Committee, it shall be

referred, at the request of either party, to an

impartial arbitrator. Such referral must be made

within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of

receipt by the Union of the Step 3 answer.

(a) In the event that an information request

has not been responded to, or otherwise

complied with, within the aforementioned

sixty (60) days, the Local Union and / or

Company shall notify the alleged noncomplying

party in writing and specify

how the party has not complied with the

information request. In such event, the

Local Union shall have fifteen (15)

additional days to refer the matter to an

impartial arbitrator.

The appointment of an impartial arbitrator shall be

made from a list furnished to the parties under the

procedure provided in the Voluntary Labor

Arbitration Rules of the Federal Mediation and

Conciliation Services (FMCS). The list shall

contain the names of 15 arbitrators all of whom are

members of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

The parties agree to confer within ten (10) business

days of receipt of the list of arbitrators from the

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The

parties shall engage in an alternate strike process

until only one (1) arbitrator is remaining and, upon

selection of such arbitrator, shall promptly notify

the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service of

his / her selection. The parties shall alternate the

initiation of the strike process. When the

appointment of an impartial arbitrator is made

under such rules, the arbitration shall be conducted

under the Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules of the

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. All

decisions rendered by the impartial arbitrator shall

be final and binding on both parties. The impartial

arbitrator shall be governed wholly by the terms of

this Agreement and shall have no power to add or

to change its terms.

Each party in an arbitration proceeding may be

represented in each proceeding by any person

authorized in writing by such party. Such

representative(s) may examine all witnesses in the

proceedings.

Each of the parties in the arbitration proceeding

shall bear the fees and expenses it incurs and the

fees and expenses of the impartial arbitrator shall

be borne equally by both parties provided,

however, that the total compensation of such

impartial arbitrator shall be agreed upon in advance

after submission of the matter in controversy to the

impartial arbitrator.

In the case of a grievance relative to disciplinary

suspension or demotion, or discharge for cause,

such grievance shall be originated at Step 2 in the

grievance procedure.

In grievances involving discharges, it is the

objective of the parties that the grievance will

normally be resolved within nine (9) months of the

discharge. In order to accomplish this objective, if

the grievance is processed to Step 4 and a panel of

arbitrators is requested from the Federal Mediation

and Conciliation Service, the panel shall include

the names of fifteen (15) arbitrators who are

members of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

The parties agree to confer within ten (10) business

days of receipt of the list of arbitrators from the

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The

parties shall engage in an alternate strike process

until only one (1) arbitrator is remaining and, upon

selection of such arbitrator, shall promptly notify the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service of

his / her selection. The parties shall alternate the

initiation of the strike process. If the selected

arbitrator is not available to conduct the arbitration

hearing within two (2) months of his or her

selection, the next mutually agreeable arbitrator on

the panel will be contacted for their availability. If

a transcript of the hearing is requested, it must be

furnished within three (3) weeks of the close of the

hearing. By mutual consent, any of the foregoing

time periods may be waived or modified.

If the charges are not sustained in the procedure

outlined in this Article, the employee's record shall

be cleared of such charges and in case of loss of

any wages they shall be reimbursed for such loss.

In the case of a grievance as a result of

implementing a departmental reorganization or

technological change affecting employees in the

bargaining unit, changes in an existing job

classification, or the establishment of a new job

classification, such grievance may be originated at

Step 2.

Either the Company or Union may choose to utilize

the Expedited Arbitration Procedure, in the case of

a grievance where the requested remedy would cost

the Company under $50,000 and the issue does not

involve disciplinary action of more than five (5)

days or discharge.

Under the Expedited Arbitration Procedure, the

appointment of an impartial arbitrator shall be

made from a list furnished to the parties under the

procedure provided in the Voluntary Labor

Arbitration Rules of the Federal Mediation and

Conciliation Services. The list shall contain the

names of fifteen (15) arbitrators all of whom are

members of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

The parties agree to confer within ten (10) business

days of receipt of the list of arbitrators from the

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The

parties shall engage in an alternate strike process

until only one (1) arbitrator is remaining and, upon

selection of such arbitrator, shall promptly notify

the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service of

his / her selection. The parties shall alternate the

initiation of the strike process. When the

appointment of an impartial arbitrator is made

under such rules, the arbitration shall be conducted

under the Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules of the

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. All

decisions rendered by the impartial arbitrator shall

be final and binding on both parties. The impartial

arbitrator shall be governed wholly by the terms of

this Agreement and shall have no power to add or

to change its terms.

Grievances in the Expedited Arbitration Procedure

shall be presented to the Company and Union by

representatives as referenced in Steps 1, 2, 3 of the

grievance procedure and shall be heard without

attorneys unless both parties mutually agree to their

inclusion in this step of the process, and shall be

conducted without transcripts or recordings. The

Arbitrator shall issue a one-page Arbitration Award

within ten (10) days of the hearing. The Impartial

Arbitrator shall be governed wholly by the terms of

this Agreement and shall have no power to add or

to change its terms or grant any remedy that would

cost in excess of $50,000 to the Company. The

Arbitration Award shall be binding on the

Company and the Union, but shall not constitute a

precedent as to other grievances in the future and

shall not be introduced into any other arbitration in

the future. No more than one (1) grievance may be

submitted in each expedited arbitration proceeding.

Other Provisions

Either the Company or Union representatives

participating in the discussions outlined above

may, if they agree that further determination of fact

is required, request an extension of time which may

be granted by the other. In no event shall any

extension by either or both parties exceed one

additional time period provided for at the level

where the extension is granted. By mutual consent,

any step in the grievance procedure may be

bypassed.

Unless mutually agreed, summaries prepared under

this provision shall not be admissible at any

arbitration between the parties.

In the event of a dispute or difference, the parties

hereto shall continue to transact and carry on their

business in the same manner as at the time of the

raising of the question or questions in dispute until

a settlement is reached through the grievance or

arbitration procedure provided in this Article.

6. Pay at their basic hourly rates of pay will be

allowed officially designated Union

representatives, or their alternates, as provided for

in this Article, for the basic workdays of their basic

workweek, while engaged in the following steps of

the grievance procedure:

Stewards .............................................. Step 1

Chief Stewards .................................... Step 1


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