Arbitrator

Sylvester Garrett

Summary

The employer refused to pay the grievant for two days he was absent. The grievant, a salaried employee, was absent for two days in order to drive his son to college, 1200 miles away. The issue stems from whether the grievant had prior authorization from the supervisor for the two absences. The Union asserted that the grievant had prior authorization from the supervisor to take the two days off. Additionally, it had been the practice of the Company to grant absences without loss of pay for similar reasons. The Company contended that the grievant was not authorized, expressly or by implication, to take the two days off. Arbitrator Garrett ruled that given favorable consideration to the grievant's request for allowed time, one absent day would be sufficient. Award: Grievance sustained in part, grievant awarded one day pay for absence.

Case 1

USS-7649-S

Publication Date

September 1970

Litgant 1

United States Steel Corporation

Subunit 1

Eastern Steel Operations-Fairless Works

Litgant 2

United Steelworkers of America

Local 1

5092

Grievance 1

SFL-69S-67

Grievance 1 Date

9-2-1969

Subject

Authorized Absences

Contract 1

August 1, 1968, Salaried Employees Agreement

Contract Provisions Involved

Sections 2B-3, 9B-2, 7-J

Keywords

Authorized Absences, Withholding Pay, Discipline, Contract Interpretation, Absenteeism, Past Practice

Award 1

Sustained in part

Disciplines

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

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