Summary

The union protested the application of incentive rates within the Turning Machine Operators classification. Two months prior to the grievance, the employer changed the “finish requirements” for the lathe operators. The finish requirements changed from a maximum 250 micro-inch finish to a smoother 125 micro-inch. Due to this change, the feed rate was reduced substantially and the finish requirement required a more time-consuming effort resulting in less product impacting incentive rates for the workers. The union argued that the reduced earnings did not result from lack of effort from the workers but rather a change in standards. Additionally, it did not provide an earnings opportunity similar to what was offered under the old standards. The employer contended that the workers were not putting forth the effort that expended in obtaining the generous incentive earnings; suggesting that the Operators were pegging production. The board determined that there was no evidence that suggested deliberate pegging of production by the workers. Furthermore, if the new standards had failed to provide earnings at an equal opportunity, they would have to be liberalized to reflect such a change. Award: grievance sustained. USS-7791-H (Sylvester Garrett, 3/5/71) (Nature of grievance-contract interpretation) (Reason for grievance (s) - incentive rates, incentive administration, incentive application)


Case 1

USS-7791-H

Publication Date

3-5-1971

Litgant 1

United States Steel Corporation

Subunit 1

Eastern Steel Operations (Homestead Works: Wheel & Axle)

Litgant 2

United Steelworkers of America

Local 1

1924

Grievance 1

HHW-69-273

Grievance 1 Date

7-2-1969

Grievance 1 Step

1st

Subject

Incentive Administration

Contract 1

August 1, 1968, Basic Labor Agreement

Contract Provisions Involved

Section 9C(2) of Basic Labor Agreement

Keywords

Arbitration, Contract Interpretation, Management Rights, Incentive Rate, Incentive Application, Equitable Incentive Opportunity, Retroactive Pay

Award 1

Sustained

Disciplines

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

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Comments

The grievance was sustained to the extent that each of the new Standard Time Values provided should be liberalized by 6% retroactive to April 13, 1969.

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