Summary

The employer issued a three (3) day suspension to the grievant for safety rules violation. The grievant, a crane operator with twenty-two (22) years seniority, was operating his crane when the "C" hook on said crane struck and damaged the transfer car control room resulting in disciplinary action. The grievance stems from how this situation happened. The position of the Union was that the damage to the control room was accidental due to a control malfunction and was without fault on part of the grievant. The Company asserted that the grievant deliberately rammed the control room in a fit of anger, or at the very least was negligent in operating the crane. Arbitrator Garrett ruled that the grievants' contention of an accident was unpersuasive. Grievance denied, suspension upheld.

Case 1

USS-7685-H

Publication Date

1-14-1971

Litgant 1

United States Steel Corporation

Subunit 1

Joliet Works

Litgant 2

United Steelworkers of America

Local 1

1445

Grievance 1

WJ-69-42

Grievance 1 Date

8-3-1970

Subject

Three-day suspension for safety rules violation

Contract 1

August 1, 1968, Agreement

Contract Provisions Involved

Section 8, Section 7-J

Keywords

Arbitration, Discipline, Suspension, Just Cause, Safety Rule Violation

Award 1

Denied

Disciplines

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

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Comments

Safety rules 7.1 and 7.2 for crane operators:

7.1 "Crane-men must report defective or missing safety equipment and mechanical or electrical defects without delay".

7.2 "The crane-men is required, on each turn, to make out a written report on the condition of the crane".

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