Local 258 Wins
Unjustly Laid Off
Local Pres. 258 Pres. Doug Whitcomb, left, presents award
to Wayne Alger.
A grievance fought by UE Local 258 on behalf of a
Cone-Blanchard Machine worker unjustly laid off in violation of the union
contract led to an arbitration settlement of nearly $24,000.
Wayne Alger, who served as local sergeant-at-arms, had
been denied the right to bump when laid off on Jan. 9, 1999.
"The arbitrator saw through the company testimony as they
tried to discredit Alger every way possible," says Local Pres. Doug
Whitcomb, who happily served as lead witness in the case.
"Alger was a skilled gear cutter and the company tried to
say he wasnt qualified to clean the bathrooms. We are all very happy that
the company was caught in their foolishness," Whitcomb comments.
The arbitrator ruled Alger was entitled to full back pay and
the right to bump into the class that he had been denied the opportunity to
enter. Although Brother Alger has chosen not to return he is thankful to the
union for its assistance.
"Arbitration must not become commonplace in resolving
grievances, but when you have to do it, you can be successful," Whitcomb
suggests. "It should be understood that even the most seemingly iron-clad
case can be lost when put into the hands of one person the
UE Field Org. Rachel Clough assisted Local 258 in
conducting the arbitration case.
UE News - 01/00