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.
United States Steel Corporation
Eastern Steel Operations-Fairless Works
United Steelworkers of America
Grievance 1 Date
August 1, 1968, Salaried Employees Agreement
Contract Provisions Involved
Sections 2B-3, 9B-2, 7-J
Authorized Absences, Withholding Pay, Discipline, Contract Interpretation, Absenteeism, Past Practice
Sustained in part
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Garrett, Sylvester, "United States Steel Corporation Eastern Steel Operations Fairless Works and United Steelworkers of America Local 5092" (1970). Arbitration Cases. 37.