Prepare for a Grievance Arbitration With a Union

Key Points

  • Employers should review the grievance in order to identify the issue(s) to be presented before the arbitrator(s) in order to have an understanding of the grounds upon which the grievance is based.
  • Employers should determine whether there are any relevant documents, including the collective bargaining agreement as well as correspondence, memoranda and portions of personnel files to be reviewed and later admitted into evidence during the arbitration.
  • All potential witnesses with relevant information should be identified and interviewed, especially individuals with first-hand knowledge of the facts surrounding the grievance.

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